After Morgan Harding’s piece on the lack of women in the AFL media, it’s important we point out that on the radio side of Girls Play Footy, we’re probably guilty of the same thing.
This year we opened the doors for aspiring writers to work with us on a ‘when you can’ basis, offering the opportunity to receive feedback from an editor and get their content out to a rapidly growing audience.
Those writers were also given the opportunity to operate our Twitter page for live AFLW match coverage, an important-yet-lacking skill in sports media.
It’s an endeavour we pursued to help women in particular get a leg into the industry, as well as provide experience working closely with an editor to give them a simulation of what it would be like working higher up in the industry.
We want to extend the same opportunity to aspiring radio commentators and reporters with a passion for women’s footy to gain experience in an active setting!
We are searching for volunteers to help with both our weekly podcast and our VFL Women’s Match of the Day calls in 2017. With your assistance we want to boost the profile of state league competitions, and as the saying goes, “Many hands make light work”.
Girls Play Footy Podcast
For those in states outside of Victoria, we’re looking for people who can spare 5-10 minutes on either Sunday, Monday or Tuesday nights to be a state league reporter on the Girls Play Footy Podcast.
The role is fairly straight forward: for example, if you live in Western Australia, we’ll spend some time on the phone recording your thoughts on the previous WAWFL round with who won and why, then your predictions for the upcoming round.
Likewise, we’d also like to hear from those in Brisbane (QWAFL), Sydney (AFL Sydney), the ACT (AFL Canberra), Adelaide (Adelaide Footy) and Tasmania (TWL) who can spare a short amount of time each week to give us a report!
VFL Women’s coverage
Girls Play Footy became the first outlet to cover an entire season of women’s footy from start to finish in 2015, and backed up the feat in 2016 for the first season of the VFL Women’s. Now in our fourth season as a calling team, we want to take our coverage to the next level.
Our coverage is set to expand from just one game per weekend to two – one on each of Saturday and Sunday throughout the season – which further opens the door for more aspiring callers.
On top of doubling our schedule, we are keen to expand our commentary team for the Match of the Day call, and are searching for both women and men who are interested in play-by-play commentary, special comments, boundary riding and perhaps even around-the-ground reporting.
The most important skills in commentary – especially play-by-play – are the ability to identify players (via the team sheet) quickly and confidently. You will make mistakes early – every play-by-play caller has – but it will be your ability to shake it off without missing a beat that will make you!
With games on both Saturday and Sunday, we would also love to hear from current female footballers to join our team during the season and offer their insights on their ‘day off’.
Over the past few seasons we’ve had the privilege of having Jo Wotton (CrocMedia), Anna Harrington (Fox Footy), Tanya Hetherington (Diamond Creek footballer) and Leesa Catto make cameo appearances with us.
Currently, we have special comments and stats guru Kristy Williams (ex-Sydney Uni and Morphettville Park) as a regular member of the team, and Katie Lambeski (VU Western Spurs) joining us for finals.
We hope in the coming weeks to call one or two VFL Women’s practice matches to give those interested in having a go a warm-up before the season proper begins.
Round one begins on Saturday, May 6.
If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer commentator or women’s state league reporter, please use the contact page found by following this link, message us via our Facebook page or directly send your expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will get back to you as soon as possible!
Our commentary team’s unofficial motto is “We don’t do second best”. No matter your experience, and all we ask from you is a passion for not only the game, but a willingness to give your best every time you step behind the microphone.