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‘Nervous’ times for other sporting codes

Sporting organisations across Australia will have taken notice of the AFL’s announcement of eight teams in the inaugural women’s league beginning in 2017.

Western Bulldogs player Lauren Arnell is a convert herself and believes there will be more athletes to follow suit.

Arnell was looking for a new basketball team when she moved to Ballarat over a decade ago, however her friends told her to try football.

Taking up the sport is certainly not a regret for Arnell, who has won five premierships with Darebin.

Sports such as cricket, netball and soccer will all be feeling nervous about today’s announcement, Arnell says.

‘I think there’d be quite a few nervous national sporting organisations today with the announcement,’ she told Sports Today.

‘That’s not a bad thing for AFL.’

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