Here’s why you should watch women’s sports


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If the name didn’t reveal it, I’m a man.

I love my football and my cricket, and I have a passing interest in most sports, and I wasn’t used to watching women’s sports. I still don’t really have any except for the women’s national cricket team, but I like women doing sports because it means more sports and I love sports.

I’ve seen a lot of unfair criticism of women’s sports.

“The standard is too low” – that’s the only fair complaint about women’s sport I’ve ever heard. In general, skills are of a lower level. But in the two sports that have invested the most money in women’s football, they have improved by leaps and bounds every year.

Cricket, at least in Australia, has achieved outstanding results in improving the quality of the game.

Yeah, they still don’t play as fast as the men, but they can hit really well, the skills on the court are great (most of the time), and just because you’re not playing fast doesn’t mean you’re does not bowl well.

Women’s football (thanks to foreign league money more than anything else) is also of a very high standard, although I don’t watch it due to my lack of interest in football.

So if you like any of these sports, I highly recommend you try watching the women’s competitions. I think you will really like it.

Other sports are much more random. The AFL is probably still years away from the point where the ripple effects of professionalism can bear the fruit of 540 women able to play top-level AFL play in an 18-team competition with rosters of 30 women. But I recommend watching at least one AFLW game per season to see if you like it. Otherwise, fine.

That’s what I do, watch one of my team’s games at the start of the season to see if I like football and normally I don’t like it, but because I do that every season I see an improvement and they get there. I recommend you do it for whatever sport you prefer and hopefully one day you turn it on and never turn it off and then you get a fresh dose of your drug of choice.

To people who say women are too injured to play sports at a high enough level: the simple fact is that the science of sports is more about throwing darts at a dart board than it is about actual science. The mumbo jumbo spouted by Tom Brady’s TB12 is proof enough.

We don’t yet know how to take care of female athletes’ bodies, but we can only figure it out by letting women play and go from there. Maybe women will have to play in a different way or they will need different warm-ups or something that we don’t even know, but I guarantee we can figure that out.

Let’s not forget that high level sport is quite new in this country. True professionalism in sport is at most as old as World Series cricket and before that we kind of accepted bad play as part of men’s sport. Most women’s sports started 30 to 40 years later, and they’re getting there much faster than men.

The simple fact is that outside of Olympic competition, women’s sport isn’t there yet on most fronts, but it’s only a matter of time, so don’t deprive yourself of the joy of having more sport in your life. Go embrace a world of more sport, more often, whenever it happens – just make sure you’re always looking for it.




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