A mentor trying to improve and promote female football in the south-west says the inaugural Deakin University Female Football League season's coaches and players have a responsibility to play an entertaining and sustainable brand.
South Warrnambool coach Brenton O'Rourke said the Roosters' 0.17 (17) to 1.0 (6) win against Horsham Demons on Sunday included instructions which went against that ethos.
"We are stakeholders and we've got to make sure it's good to watch," he said.
"The scoreline wasn't reflective or our team. It was reflective of the game style Horsham played which was predominately to have the whole team inside our forward 50.
"It made it hard for there to be any type of decent kick in our forward half.
"We had shots at goal touched on the line and hit the post. Ninety-five per cent of the game was in our forward 50.
"We tried a few different things to draw them out of our forward line but where we are at with our education and development, it was hard to change the style of game the other team was playing.
"We want to promote holding your positions."
The senior female league, which is three rounds into its seven-round debut season, does not implement the six-six-six rule introduced at AFL level this season.
The six-six-six rule forces each team to have six players in each section of the ground - defence, midfield and forward - at each centre bounce to allow for scoring opportunities.
O'Rourke said it was important the fledgling female competition encouraged free-flowing passages.
"It does need to be monitored. The first two games were really good against Portland and Hamilton," he said.
"They were played as full ground (contests) and it allows the development of skills and confidence with a bit more space. It's enjoyable for the players too."
South Warrnambool (3-0) is the only undefeated team in the four-team competition. Portland, Horsham Demons and Hamilton Kangaroos each have one victory.
The Roosters play Portland at Hanlon Park on Sunday. They defeated the Tigers 3.9 (27) to 2.2 (14) at Friendly Societies' Park in round one.
"It was good to play them in the first game and they have a couple of games under their belts and they'll have that match fitness and match sense," O'Rourke said.
"We're excited to come up against a strong opposition."
The DUFFL under 18 competition, which is in its third season and consists of 11 teams, will play its final home-and-away round on Sunday before a three-week finals series.
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