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15    AFL Women’s league competition

Senator Patrick, pursuant to notice and also on behalf of Senators Wong, Farrell, Ruston, Birmingham and Griff, moved general business notice of motion no. 1443—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       the continued success of the Australian Football League Women’s (AFLW) competition, held between 2 February and 31 March 2019,

                                    (ii)       that the enormous public support for the women’s competition was reflected in record crowd numbers throughout the season, and

                                  (iii)       that the grand final, held on 31 March 2019, was attended by more than 53,000 people, setting the record for the largest crowd at a stand-alone women’s sport fixture in Australia;

               (b)       congratulates:

                                     (i)       all 10 teams that participated in the competition,

                                    (ii)       the Adelaide Crows for winning its second AFLW grand final in three years,

                                  (iii)       Adelaide Crows player and co-captain, Ms Erin Phillips, for winning her second Best on Ground in the grand final and her second AFL Players’ Association Most Valuable Player,

                                  (iv)       Adelaide Crows player and co-captain, Ms Chelsea Randall, for being awarded Most Courageous Player for the third consecutive season,

                                   (v)       Carlton Blues player Ms Brianna Davey for being awarded Best Captain, and

                                  (vi)       Carlton Blues player Ms Madison Prespakis for being awarded Best First-year Player; and

                (c)       calls on the Federal Government to continue its support of grassroots initiatives that promote gender equity in sport, and to help ensure that women are able to compete at a professional level in traditionally male-dominated sports.

Question put and passed.