Adelaide AFLW Senior Coach Matthew Clarke says the Club will enter the 2022 season with high expectations as the Crows look to bounce back from a grand final defeat.
Speaking to the media ahead of the team’s first pre-season training on Wednesday night, Clarke said it was good to have the group back together after almost six months apart.
Clarke said the first session would be used to introduce the new players to the squad before the hard work began.
“There’s a lot of hard work ahead,” Clarke said.
“But I think the main thing out of the first session is just to get the group back together and to see them enjoy each other’s company.
“I think high expectations are a good thing.
“It doesn’t always mean you’re going to have success but I think you want to enter every season with the aspiration of being right up amongst it.”
There will be two new rule changes introduced for the 2022 AFLW season, including the 'stand rule', which was first implemented in the 2021 men’s season.
The ‘stand rule’ means the player on the mark is unable to move sideways until the umpire calls ‘play on’.
Clarke was supportive of the rule change and keen for the campaign to start.
“I’d suggest it will open it up a little and hopefully that leads to that free-flowing, high-scoring game that everyone is chasing,” Clarke said.
“We want to be high-scoring, we want the game to flow, so I think that rule will perhaps aid that.”
The 2022 AFLW season kicks off the weekend of January 6-9, after originally being set to begin in December.
The decision to delay the start was made to provide flexibility and avoid any disruption with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.