UC Capitals forward Alicia Froling frustrated with WNBL inequality amid site debacle | Canberra time


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Canberra Capitals striker Alicia Froling has unique insight into the inequality players in the WNBL face compared to their male counterparts with two brothers – Harry and Sam – having played in the NBL. It makes for some interesting dinner conversations at Froling family gatherings, especially amid the Capitals’ recent headaches. “We usually end up in arguments. Obviously my brothers really want us to succeed, but there are some things they just don’t understand because they never have to worry about it,” Froling said. “I could talk about it for hours. It’s a huge difference. We’ve come so far, but then you look at what they get and you see we still have a lot to do.” Like many Canberra basketball fans, Froling is frustrated after the Capitals learned they likely played their last home game of the season due to a logistical disaster. The Capitals face the prospect of being forced to move Finals matches out of the ACT because their current home ground at the National Convention Center is booked during the WNBL Finals period between mid-March and early April. All available dates for the WNBL Finals that could be held at the National Convention Center would see attendance capped at 1,700. That’s a far cry from the 5,000 Capitals general manager Lucille Bailie said they were expecting during such games in the playoffs, which negatively impacts the team’s earning potential. “It’s really sad,” Froling said. “Especially for the Capitals – we have such a great history, but we’re struggling to find ground. “I know there’s a lot going on and it’s not all in our control. But yeah, we would really like to have a home final because of the support we’re getting. The Capitals’ former home at AIS Arena has been closed for two years and is currently serving as a COVID-19 vaccination center. The ongoing back and forth between the ACT and the federal governments has left no clear timeline as to when the necessary funding for upgrades will allow it to return to a fully functional, publicly accessible sports venue. “I have a job to do, but it’s more disappointing for our fans,” Froling said. “We can play on any court, anywhere, but it’s our fans, and it’s the environment that makes the Caps so great.” men are “not our enemies”, but she grew tired of the constant “fight” that women’s basketball puts up for necessities that men simply don’t have to endure. “Our energies are divided between work, some doing second jobs, some of us have families, then we play basketball, and we are also fighting for a better future for women’s basketball,” a- “There’s a lot going on behind the scenes, and in the NBL, it’s so different. Their energies are all focused on how they can be the best on the pitch.” Unequal pay and funding are front and center. Froling’s concerns, with the ripple effect meaning many members of the WNBL support staff volunteer their time, including assistant coaches, who donate their time,” Froling said. “A lot of our support staff are there on a volunteer basis, some of whom are very skilled people.” Whereas the NBL, you have three or four assistant coaches who are paid. People in the game can only get this far if you rely on people to volunteer their time.” Despite the debacle unfolding off the pitch, the team fourth on the ladder are doing their best to focus on his next game on the road against the Southside Flyers on Saturday.”At the end of the day, we always go there with the goal of winning,” Froling said. “It helps when you’re sleeping in your own bed the night before , but if that’s impossible to do in the future, we’re pretty good at traveling and adapting to adversity.” Our reporters work hard to bring local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can keep going to access our trusted content:



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