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No barriers for women in AFL anymore: Flynn


There are no barriers for women in AFL anymore, according to AFL Hunter Central Coast (AFLHCC) chairman David Flynn.

As other sports struggle to find the right balance in the “battle of the sexes”, Australian rules seems to be well ahead of the pack, especially in the local arena.

That was particularly evident at AFLHCC’s recent season launch, which introduced AFL NSW/ACT community football manger Emma Highwood and AFL Hunter Central Coast competition coordinator Lauren Francis to the fold.

AFLHCC appointed former Singleton Council general manager Lindy Hyam to its board, too.

“For me, it’s very exciting for the game,” Flynn said.

“Even Emma’s boss, Tiffany Robertson, is the head of AFL NSW/ACT.

“And, I think that’s a terrific reflection of our code being inclusive.

“It’s certainly the way of the future – and a great dynamic for club culture and administration structure in AFL.”

Flynn said the rise and rise of the hugely-popular AFL Women’s league, won by the Brisbane Lions last weekend, had also played a major role.

In front of a massive crowd, the Lions knocked over the Adelaide Crows in a stand-alone grand final on the hallowed Adelaide Oval.

“The women’s game has taken off exponentially – nationally and locally,” Flynn said.

“The environment is thriving as well, with young girls mixing with young female administrators.

“Football has been around for 100 years, so it’s fantastic to get an injection of new ideas.

“Take Lindy (Hyam), for example.

“Her vast experience in a number of different fields will be invaluable in guiding our strategy to drive the game forward.

“We have many female club presidents – in seniors and juniors – and even more in the coaching ranks, too.

“It’s now a full cycle of girls being involved in AFL, from playing to mentoring, from executive to management.

“There’s no reason for that to change either.”

2021 AFL Hunter Central Coast Seniors

Round two results:

Black Diamond Cup Men’s

Warners Bay Bulldogs d Nelson Bay Marlins 11.20-86 to 3.3-21

Newcastle City Blues d Singleton Roosters 12.10-82 to 3.4-22

Killarney Vale Bombers d Maitland Saints 11.7-73 to 2.3-15

Gosford Tigers d Cardiff Hawks 7.18-60 to 7.17-59

Bye: Terrigal Avoca Panthers

Black Diamond Cup Women’s

Cardiff Hawks d Terrigal Avoca Panthers 9.4-58 to 2.3-15

Newcastle City Blues d Wyong Lakes Magpies 7.6-48 to 1.2-8

Killarney Vale Bombers d Maitland Saints 12.19-91 to 0.0-0

Lake Macquarie Dockers d Warners Bay Bulldogs 7.6-48 to 2.1-13

Round three draw:

Black Diamond Cup Men’s

Saturday 24 April

2pm: Singleton Roosters v Nelson Bay Marlins (Rose Point Park)

3pm: Gosford Tigers v Newcastle City Blues (Adcock Park)

4pm: Terrigal Avoca Panthers v Maitland Saints (Hylton Moore Oval)

Bye: Killarney Vale Bombers

Sunday 25 April

2.30pm: Cardiff Hawks v Warners Bay Bombers (Pasterfield Sports Complex)

Black Diamond Cup Women’s

Friday 23 April

6.30pm: Wyong Lakes Magpies v Lake Macquarie Dockers (Don Small Oval)

Saturday 24 April

Noon: Killarney Vale Bombers v Newcastle City Blues (Adelaide Street Oval)

1pm: Terrigal Avoca Panthers v Maitland Saints (Hylton Moore Oval)

Sunday 25 April 25

4.45pm: Cardiff Hawks v Warners Bay Bulldogs (Pasterfield Sports Complex)

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