Wallsend head coach Brad Jones has called for BarTV Sports and Northern NSW Football to combine for at least one streamed Women’s Premier League match every single round.
The Red Devils helmsman stated the need to “share the product” of the WPL after his team fell in a 4-1 defeat to current league-leading New Lambton at Arthur Edden Oval on Sunday afternoon.
Despite the three-goal defeat, spirits were high in the Wallsend camp, in part due to the fact they had just made history – BarTV Sports had streamed the Round 4 clash on their YouTube profile and across social media channels, marking the first time a WPL regular season game had ever been available for online viewing.
“I hope there were plenty tuning into BarTV for the game,” Jones said. “I love the idea that Northern’s taken this intiative to bring the women’s game to the public.”
“We need more of it, I really commend Northern for doing it. We’ve showed the women’s game in this region is alive, and we’ve shown that the game produces quality.
“When you start looking at the teams in the competition, there’s a match of the round every single week that could have the BarTV coverage. We just need to get it out there and say ‘come out and watch’. To have BarTV covering a game every week would really allow us to share the product, and show everyone how good and entertaining it can be.”
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The stream initiative by NNSWF was highly praised by both coaches involved in the match, with the Eagles’ Keelan Hamilton stating it “added that something special” to an already “cracker of a match”.
“I echo everything that Brad [Jones] has been saying about the game being streamed,” the 2018 coach of the year said of the streaming service possibilites. “To see the game expand beyond some finals being livestreamed, to a match every single round would be amazing.”
“There are so many superstars in the WPL, as well as so many upcoming talents, and I think they deserve to be put on display for more than just those that can get to the fields any given Sunday.”
The call for more WPL games to be streamed comes just two weeks after local Aussie Rules governing body AFL Hunter Central Coast announced they would be livestreaming one women’s premier compettion match every round.
Each round after the first will see a Womens match streamed alongside a Black Diamond Cup clash, with most based at the same ground and with the same fixtures lining up for the clubs. The coverage will also include select women’s representative rounds.
BarTV Sports have confirmed it will be streaming more Women’s Premier League regular season games this season, but which matches will be televised has not yet been locked in.