/ 22 August 2023

Setting a new standard

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

Hot on the heels of the Women’s World Cup and its bright spotlight on women’s sports, the AFLW has pledged to raise the competition’s prize money. The top teams’ shared prize pot in the upcoming season will be raised to $1.1 million – equal to the men’s AFL prize pot and almost double the $634,000 AFLW teams have received in the past. But the players’ union boss Paul Marsh says it’s “only a small piece of a much larger puzzle” in achieving equity between the men’s and women’s competitions. Reports say the NRLW is still in negotiations for how much its prize pool will be going forward. And several Wallaroos players from our national rugby union team have made a stand against a lack of funding and support in their sport. “It’s your move,” they told their governing body.

And while we have you, how about this for a World Cup postscript… Spain’s captain/player of the match, Olga Carmona, received some sad news after leading her team to victory on Sunday night. The 23yo’s family held back on telling her that her father died on Friday – they’d delayed telling her so she could focus on the game. Geez…

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