Luuuc
Years ago

First Hugh Greenwood, now Erin Phillips?

"Olympic basketballer Erin Phillips has agreed to become Port Adelaide's first female AFL player should the Power be granted entry into the new national women's league."

http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/opal-and-wnba-player-erin-phillips-agrees-to-become-port-adelaides-first-female-player-20151216-glpafp.html

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Erin was a gun footy player as a junior. They'd have been stupid not to ask! Might never have gone to basketball if there was a professional pathway in women's football when she was growing up.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

That's what I heard, she only took up basketball because after primary school girls couldn't play footy.

I still remember her in primary school running around with all the boys and out playing most of them too.

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.  
Years ago

Fact - elite footballers daughters regularly make excellent basketballers

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Anonymous  
Years ago

"My first and foremost priority is the Opals, and to make it to the Olympics in 2016," she said.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Yes and after next year....

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paul  
Years ago

After next year she'll turn 32, so a perfect time for her to give footy a shot. A pretty big lure to be a part of the first women's national league.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Wonder if the money is any good? Opals have been helped by no other viable professional women's sports to take talent away from them.

Men's compete with soccer,rugby,AFL among others which dilutes the talent pool

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cat  
Years ago

what the???

"Opals have been helped by no other viable professional women's sports to take talent away from them."

ever heard of a little sport called netball???

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Netball til very recently wasn't full time professional and really only the core few still are professional.

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Very Old  
Years ago

membership of the Opals does not automatically deliver a player a full time professionals contract either.

I think there are a lot more junior netball players than junior women basketball players in OZ.

At least one opal was a convert from tennis, and wasn't Tracey Beatty (née Braithwaite) a convert from dancing - her family wanted her to be a ballerina until she grew a bit too tall for that role ?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

i wonder what salary the girls would be on when playing in the wafl.

Netballers have tiny rosters in comparison and sell out crowds, tv deals with descent viewing numbers and get paid Very little.

What are the salaries like in the w-league and wnbl?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Minimum wage for netball is 15,000 apparently.

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LV  
Years ago

Elite female athletes are thin on the ground.

Look at Elyse Perry for example

She can probably play both footy and basketball- it wouldn't be a full time thing like the AFL.

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paul  
Years ago

"Netballers have tiny rosters in comparison and sell out crowds, tv deals with descent viewing numbers and get paid Very little."

The ANZ Championship doesn't generate much revenue (TV coverage is thanks to a sponsor) so hence the players don't get big $$.

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