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Debbie Lee, a pioneer in women’s soccer, has looked back on the exhibition games played between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs ahead of the inaugural AFLW season in 2017.
The Demons and Dogs played exhibition games for three years in 2013, 2014 and 2015 before the AFL opened a tender process for clubs to sign up for the new AFLW league.
“They (Mike Fitzpatrick and the AFL) could see the game. They could see the quality of the players and they could see the skill,” Lee . said SEN’s This Is Your Sporting Life – thanks to Tobin Brothers.
“They met the players after that and they also got that human aspect and understood why these girls love footy.
“All the girls were so grateful for the opportunity and that exhibition series… even the concept and how we executed the concept when Sam Lane presented it… it was a really great moment.
“We had to show the game to more and we fast forward to the first (AFLW game, who would have thought it would be a lockout at Princes Park?”
Lee, the GM of Women’s Football at the Bulldogs, became the first woman to be inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in August.
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