AFLW not going anywhere: Susan Alberti

“The AFL are absolutely committed to the AFLW … it’s been a long time in the planning, it’s here now, and it’s not going away,” Alberti told SEN radio on Tuesday.

“It was quite sad how [the season] ended, that’s unfortunate, but they’ll come back bigger, stronger and better next year.

“The growth that I have seen in the game in the last few years has been remarkable.

“We’ve got around 600,000 young women playing our game now and it’s not going away, it’s just going to get bigger and bigger.

“It just takes time.”

The AFL has secured a line of credit that McLachlan is confident will ensure the survival of the 18 men’s teams and the 14 women’s sides.

The league and its clubs have stood down about 80 per cent of staff without pay until at least May 31 in a bid to ride out the financial storm.

Alberti, a key figure in the Bulldogs’ AFL fight for survival in 1996, says it’s wrong to highlight the women’s game as a potential cost saving.

“Everything is on the table at the moment,” she said.

“I’m sure there are concerns in every department, whether it be the AFL men’s or the women, that’s something [clubs] have got to sort out for themselves.

“But it’s a long-term investment and you just don’t walk away because we’ve had a really hard hit this year.

“It’s going to go on; it will happen.”


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