MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 16: Hayley Miller of the Dockers celebrates a goal during the 2022 AFLW Round 02 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the GWS Giants at VU Whitten Oval on January 16, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Conversations surrounding the analysis of women's elite level sport has been sparked by comments made by AFL great Kane Cornes.

Cornes called out media and supporters in an article he wrote for SEN for being too "scared" to critically analyse women's sport whether that be the AFLW or Women's cricket.

“The media and supporters are scared to objectively analyse what they are watching for fear it will come across as being critical which will create fierce backlash from an overly sensitive cohort,” Cornes said.

Sportswriter and former Cricketer Isabelle Westbury responded to Cornes' comment via Twitter: " If we can’t criticise women’s sport, it’ll never progress. 100%. What is lost is that we often hold women to an impossible standard" Westbury said.

Whilst she agreed with some of the themes that Cornes presented, Westbury reminded audiences that the women playing elite level sports have not had the same opportunities and grassroots pathways as their male counterparts.

As more female sporting stars joined the conversation it became clear that women are welcoming to all objective analyses of their respective sports.

Aussie cricket star Ellyse Perry also took to Twitter saying that she "thinks most female athletes truly welcome this as it validates their or their team's performance and efforts.

“However I think it’s a poor reflection on our viewing population if we think ‘a warpath of criticism’ and overt negativity towards teams or athletes is much-watching television," she said.

As the AFLW enters just its sixth season, the improvements in skills, scoring and transition work are unquestionable. The push for AFLW players to become full-time athletes has been a repeated conversation.

Fremantle Dockers captain Hayley Miller told ABC sports' Sam Lane and Sharni Norder that most players who have spent time in a hub have actually lost money.

Players across the AFLW are making sacrifices in hopes of reaching a place where young women and girls will have the same opportunities as men and boys.