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Shallow and deep pools: AFLW's problem

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The AFL women’s competition has a problem. Two rounds into the third season of the AFLW and there is an alarming disparity in strength between the league’s two conferences.

Melbourne sit bottom of Conference A with one win and a percentage of 119.1. The Brisbane Lions, with one win but a vastly inferior percentage of 73.4, are atop Conference B.

Disparity: The Dockers and their fellow Conference A sides are outperforming the Conference B Lions.Credit:AAP

Six cross-conference matches have been played, and Conference A teams have beaten Conference B opposition in all of them.

It doesn’t take too deep an inspection to see how this is an issue, with an increasing likelihood that mediocre Conference B teams will take finals spots ahead of better Conference A sides.

“Worst call ever,” Australian football hall of famer Terry Wallace tweeted on Sunday night about the conference system.

“It’s likely that in a 10-team comp that teams 6&7 can play off for a GF spot. Total........

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