It is with great sadness that after eight years we withdrew our Women's team from the AFL Sydney Competition.
This team was all about women.
Women's opportunities and pathways.
It was a safe space to have fun, be ourselves and navigate our intersectionil identities.
Some of us dealt with racism, Islamophpbia and gender bias all that same time. We had a voice on all those things because we do not live in a vacuum where we can only be footballers.
The best among us are those who use our position and influence to make an impact. We sought to do that. At the same time, we were going after some audacious goals.
First it was to welcome ALL types of people to our team. Then it was to become competitive on the field and to make sure we supported the development of elite talent for #AFLW
The main goal has always been and will always be to develop strong & confident women. So our focus over the next 12 months will be our Under 15s Girls.
This was never about making history. But we did.
First ever Western Sydney Women's Team.
First ever team with strong participation and representation of Muslim Women.
This lay the ground work for Haneen Zreika to become the first Muslim Woman in the #AFLW
We were born out of resistence to the way society shuts out women and misrepresentation of Western Sydney, Muslim communities and diverse cultures.
We were able to rise in our adversity once before. I'm sure we will again.
We spent the last eight years sharing our story across our globe. It's been incredible to become a household name and be part of the Australian Football community.
Thank you to all the women in the Sydney Competition who stood in solidarity with us every time it was necessary.
Thank you to all our volunteers for your service.
Thank you to our sponsors who believed in our dream and made it possible for us to be brave and daring, especially our Hawa Charcoal Chicken, Crescent Wealth, Dollys Bootcamp & Harvey Norman.
#neversurrender #dontbelieveinnever #begiant #AFLWomens #love #hope #courage #grit #aspiration