Despite the running of a full season of AFLW, and the general public’s much better understanding of women’s football, commentators are still preparing themselves to be shocked by the physicality of tonight’s AFLW State of Origin match. While 2017 has been an important year in the further development of the women’s game, so-called “footy experts” still feel the persistent need to share their surprise that the players actually bash and crash in a contact sport.
Tonight’s game will feature a Victorian team against an Allies team made up of players from all the other states. And another expected feature of tonight’s commentary will be high praise for the execution of basic skills such as handballing to a moving teammate, and kicking to a target more than 30 metres away.
While producers of tonight’s telecast insist that commentators have gained a much better understanding of women’s football over the last 12 months, insiders are not totally convinced. A local VFLW player told The Watsonia Bugle, “put it this way, I will not be surprised if the commentators spend a full five minutes talking about the first tackle that is laid.”