We hope that the bookies are having a listen to the roar of over 53,000 spectators who took to the Adelaide Oval to watch their side beat Carlton in the AFLW 2019 Grand Final.
Adelaide won 63 – 18, which surprised no one, other than perhaps a few who thought the margin would be greater than 45 points.
In other words, bookies, it is time for more AFLW markets. Our cursory search turned up nothing other than head-to-head and line markets.
If 53,000 fans will turn out for a women’s AFL game, granting that it was Adelaide and not Melbourne, there are many men’s fixtures that do not command such a large audience, major market teams, such as the GWS Giants, who average an anemic 11,000 for their AFL home fixtures.
The win cost the Crows Erin Phillips, but by the time she went down with a damaged knee in the third quarter, the outcome was no longer in any doubt, although given what Carlton accomplished in knocking Fremantle out could never be far from the minds of many who had skin in the Grand Final.
Other Crows went down as well, including Chloe Scheer and Stevie Lee-Thompson, but while it is not our knees or ankles that suffered, there is no better moment to have a potentially season ending injury than right at the end of the season.
The AFLW has now completed three seasons and Adelaide has reigned over two.
The wall with the writing on it was revealed in the first and second quarters, when Adelaide went on a kicking spree that netted eight consecutive goals while the Blues were blanked.
The Crows were ahead by 40 at the main break and the crow eaters were able to bust out the Sauvignon Blanc and toast their club far in advance of the final siren.