A 10-week season means one AFL team is treating its campaign like the start of a knockout tournament.
The AFL has announced equal prizemoney for both the men’s and women’s competitions.
The women’s prize pool for finalists will increase from around $624,000 to $1.1m this season to match the men.
Goddard says the fledgling Hawks are looking to the Matildas and coach Tony Gustavsson for inspiration after being dealt a harsh reality check by premiership favourites Melbourne in their final practice match before the season.
The former Adelaide premiership coach said she was borrowing from Gustavsson’s mantra of testing the team against the best possible opposition before a 10-week season which resembles a knockout competition.
It comes as players call for the season to be lengthened to at least 17 rounds to ensure fixture equality and reduce the size of the off-season.