ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28: Taylor Walker of the Crows leads his team off the ground after winning the round 10 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Adelaide Oval on May 28, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

South Australia hosted the Northern Territory in a women’s match on Saturday night at Adelaide Oval.

It was another great showcase of women’s football in Australia and was the also the curtain raiser to the Crows/Giants AFL match later on that evening.

However, several impatient Adelaide players took to the field to warm up for their match while the women’s game was still being played.

Adelaide posted pictures of their players warming up on their Twitter account, which showed some of their players on the arena while the women’s match was in progress.

Image: Adelaide Crows.

Matt Crowe, who attended the game shared the following picture on Facebook.

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Fm-bh_MkgbM/V0vPYdDZ5yI/AAAAAAAAC0Q/cFqsIsOXFu0I6yAuxXBw5X2j6_GliOVwgCLcB/s1600/Adelaide%2BCrows.jpg
Image: Matt Crowe.

Several fans voiced their concerns on the Facebook page, Girls Play Footy.

Were the Adelaide players disrespectful?

226 COMMENTS

  1. There is no need to be on the ground training while any game is on. You have training rooms for a reason. You wanna practice? Practice in the breaks. Have some respect guys, seriously.

    • Shauni Graetz they weren’t playing at that point. I got to the oval about an hour before the match. The girls played for about 20 mins and then there was a bit of farting about. Then GWS came on way before the crows warm up. 40 mins before the match the pre game event started and the girls were still on the ground but they certainly were not playing

  2. The players won’t do that again. They would have been told “don’t do it again” they will have to be flexible in their pre game routines if there’s a curtain raiser.

    • Probably not during another game. They can warm up in the change rooms and I’m sure that both teams got to warm up on the oval pre game. Imagine if the Auskick kids came out for a warm up during the crows game whilst the ball was at the other end

    • Should’ve warmed up at 1/2 time or 3/4 time of the women’s game not whilst they were still playing. This is what the SANFL sides do during the reserves game and have absolutely no issues. Main warmup time is just before the game anyway. Absolutely disgraceful excuse of a club which thinks everything should revolve around them.

    • Am 100% certain they would have allowed enough time to warm up before the siren. I believe it is mandatory to allow 15 mins or something before the bounce. If not this is incredibly dumb scheduling by the club, particularly when they have already organised for the curtain raiser to go ahead. GWS seemed to manage ok without interfering with the game.

  3. In their defense… its not like anyone was playing down that end of the ground anyway. SA flogged NT and it was down their end of the oval all of the 4th qrter. The closest the girls got to the guys was when it was centre bounce πŸ˜‚

  4. As a women who plays footy when i saw this i was not shocked at all. I belive Mark Ricciuto has came out and said women shouldnt play footy cause they will have different rules. I can tell you right now we have the same rules as the men and im pretty sure we go alot harder. The Adelaide Crows need to pull their heads in they are happy to have the first S.A team next year in the competition but are doing shit like this. Good luck trying to get people out to the games.

  5. Didn’t affect the game in any way and the side has a warm-up routine… HTFU people, neglecting to mention the 10 crows players who were there watching and supporting the girls out there…

  6. They warmed up in the breaks.

    What’s wrong with that?

    The lights were due to go out half hour before the game was starting so they took any chance to be warming up on the ground they could.

    The other team did it too but nobody is complaining about GWS doing it

  7. It’s not disrespecting ‘women footballers’ as the sensationalism of the article would have it but rather disrespect for the etiquette of the game overall. I umpire senior and junior football and would have stopped play and booted them off because it’s simply not allowed whilst another game is in play. That’s the real issue

  8. And so it has started, not even into a full season yet and here we have the womens league already wanting everyone to bend their ways to suit them. It’s clubs like this that are going to pay for their existence, I’m sure they won’t be able to stand on their own two feet as a competition. So sit down, shut ya mouth and be happy that you have this opportunity. Considering that the AFL doesn’t have a national reserves league and is putting time, money and effort into a women’s league that will not be self sustainable…. consider yourselves lucky…..

  9. Isn’t it kind of sexist to even raise this? I mean if it was some U20 mens game no one would say a word, but its womens so its a big deal, like they need protecting or something… pretty pathetic.

    • What’s sexist is that it happened because it wouldn’t have happened if there was a U20 men’s game in progress. If play was in progress no else should have been on the field period.

  10. You’re a halfwit. If they want them as a lead up game, allow the time necessary to complete the game. Or start it earlier to allow for a warm up. Respect is not that difficult. Seriously.

  11. 5/220 High Street VERY DISRESPECTFUL AT A TIME WHEN THE AFL ARE TRYING TO PROMOTE WOMEN’S FOOTBALL. IT SHOWS A LACK OF CARE FOR THE WOMEN PLAYERS, AS WELL AS THE WOMEN WHO WERE AT THE GAME, AS WELL AS OTHER SPECTATORS PRESENT. IS THIS JUST ANOTHER THING WE NEED TO EDUCATE PLAYERS ABOUT? WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO DO SO AS POLITENESS REQUIRES GIVING OTHERS A FAIR GO. IT SHOWS A LACK OF CARE FROM COACHES AND ADELAIDE OFFICIALS. DO THEY FORGET THAT WOMEN MAKE AT LEAST HALF OF THE FOOTBALL AUDIENCE.

  12. We were at the match and yes there were a handful of players having a kick to kick on the south eastern corner of the ground whilst the girls game was on. But on the few occasions the play came down towards them, they moved off until the play had moved well away from them. There were actually a group of crowsmplayers standing closer to the goals watching the match.

  13. I think it’s great. Woman playing on the same ground as the famous afl players. You could really see it as a sign of respect. But then I guess that comes down to pessimist vs optimist

  14. If you don’t feed thr public this absolute shit, if the media (and general public) stop jumping on this stuff and turning it into something it’s not i.e. sexism, disrespectful etc. etc…. Then the regular person won’t have this garbage as an option. It wasn’t disrespectful, the Crows warm-up at the same time before each game, it’s great that we’re having female curtain raisers and whatnot, but do you want the boys to do a few North Terrace runs before they run out because there is a women’s game on?

    Don’t be fucking stupid.

  15. Absolutely disgraceful. Shows they have no respect for others are should be penetrative do. Maybe the individuals should be fined, the club should be fined and the total amount should go into the womens league fund

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