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Sunday explainer: why women’s sport is big right now

Fairfax Media revealed last week that the AFL has big plans for the development of women’s footy, with up to six women’s teams in the pipeline and a women’s all-stars game as soon as next year.

 

There are no professional women’s AFL teams, but the women’s exhibition game between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs last week drew more viewers than Adelaide’s clobbering of the Bombers.

 

Self-described “netball dad” Tony Abbott donned a Diamonds scarf last week after the women’s national side took the Netball World Cup for the third year in a row.

 

Australian women’s teams are on a roll, racking up a succession of victories in recent months. The Matildas made it to the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup, a feat the men’s team has never achieved.

 

Who says pro footy is a man’s game? The first televised women’s AFL game last week followed revelations that the league could field several women’s teams by 2017. The Melbourne-Western Bulldogs match-up was declared a ratings success, adding to a mounting push for the development of women’s sport.

 

 

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