Blues ready for unprecedented AFLW season

Carlton are ready to begin the AFLW season in quarantine hubs but are confident it won’t come to that.

Women’s footballers could be forced away from home for the upcoming season as the league attempts to get the semi-professional competition back up and running.

With the COVID-19 situation improving across Australia, chances of a regular fly-in, fly-out fixture are increasing.

But the Blues, who were denied a shot a maiden AFLW premiership when the season was cancelled in March ahead of their preliminary final against North Melbourne, are taking an anywhere, anytime mentality into 2021.

“We’re ready to play tomorrow, we’re ready to go,” Blues coach Daniel Harford said.

“If it needs to be in a hub for four, five or six weeks, however long it may be, we’ll make it happen.

“That’s a last resort, in what we’re led to believe at the moment.”

A fixture is still at least a week away from being released, but the nine-round season is expected to get underway in early February.

Adding to the complexity of staging a season is most AFLW players have jobs outside of football and might struggle financially if they are away for long periods of time.

But star Blues forward Tayla Harris is confident most players will be up for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of heading away if it eventuates.

“I love playing footy and I love playing for the (Blue) baggers,” she said.

“If I get to hang out with my friends for an extended period of time I’m fine with that.”

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