It will be a full fledged women’s event and it will be available to us every week.
Former Matilda defender, Amy Duggan is joining the team to anchor Fox Sport’s Westfield W-League coverage. She will be hosting a dedicated pre and post-match show each Sunday. Duggan will be joined each week by renowned women’s football commentator, Stephanie Brantz, who will take the calling duties alongside a rotating panel of experts.
Brantz spoke to Mamamia and says that Fox does sports coverage perfectly with all the bells and whistles and player profiles.
“It’ll be good to let the public get to know the players and hear a little about them above and beyond seeing them play every week,” she said. “I think it’s brilliant for the girls.”
The sports commentator believes that this is another step in taking these women to the next level. With Brantz as the primary commentator, Fox Sports have decided to embrace an all female hosting and commentating team.
“It’s really exciting for me. I’m thrilled and a little bit nervous,” Brantz says.
Former Matilda player and mum-to-three, Amy Duggen says the Fox coverage, in addition to the free-to-air ABC coverage, will do huge things for the women’s league and women’s sport in general.
She believes the coverage is creating role models for all women, young girls and teenagers in Australia.
“I think we underestimate ourselves all the time. You’ve got strong, powerful women who are creating lives with football but also along side football. Some of them are mothers, some of them are businesswomen, some of them are really highly educated and some of them are young kids still in high school,” she says.
Of all the current Matilda’s players, only two aren’t playing in the competition (because they’re playing professionally overseas).
“That’s huge, we have a lot of young Matildas, we actually have a lot of ex-Matilda’s who are still involved in the game and some are even coming out of retirement to be a part of the season,” she says.
The W-League’s first game will be broadcast next Sunday, October 18th at 2pm AEDT. The game between Brisbane Roar and Canberra United will be on Fox Sports and Duggan says there’s a lot of reasons you should be watching.
“If you want to see the best female footballing talent, if you want to see fit girls, you want to see skills, you want to see great play, you want to see girls that are passionate about the game and you want to see what they work hard for their entire lives then this is a great platform for that,” she says.