AFL Commission asks premiership coach to weigh in on AFLW comp's future

THE AFL Commission has consulted freshly minted AFLW premiership coach Mick Stinear about the future of the elite women’s competition, with the inaugural Melbourne coach presenting at a meeting this week.

The Demons broke through for their maiden premiership late last year after six seasons of falling just short of the ultimate glory.

In the past few years, the AFL Commission has invited reigning premiership coaches from both the men and women’s competitions to present about their pathways to success. Geelong’s AFL coach Chris Scott presented to the Commission in December.

As a part of his presentation to the Commission, Stinear was asked about how the competition can continue to grow and evolve.

Daisy Pearce and coach Mick Stinear celebrate Melbourne's Season 7 Grand Final win over Brisbane at Brighton Homes Arena on November 27, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

"[Stinear’s] presentation was extremely impressive around Melbourne's preparation and approach to last season, coming off a Grand Final loss in season six and several years of close calls in finals matches," an AFL spokesperson said.

"The Commission was particularly keen to hear Michael's views on how the competition can continue to progress and to get his feedback as a senior leader within the women's game."

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Stinear is one of just two inaugural AFLW senior coaches still in the system (along with Brisbane's Craig Starcevich, also a premiership coach) after their appointments in 2016.

Recently axed Carlton coach Daniel Harford on Wednesday urged the League to consider what the future of the competition looks like.

"I think the competition can have a bit of a review of itself and what this competition is too,” he said.

"If they're serious about making it about what they seem to want to make it, then there's an opportunity for them to reflect on what they do with the competition, how it's managed and run, how it's operated week to week, the ground facilities, all that sort of stuff. It's an opportunity for them to reflect a bit on this as well."