The vile and abhorrent trolling of Tayla Harris in the lead-up to the preliminary finals proves what even McLachlan could scarcely have predicted in 2017 – that AFLW challenges society to a degree that the AFL never will.
And the support for her since then, including the changing of the AFLW logo, proves something.
It proves that three years since the AFLW launch, this is one league that still has every intention of using equality as part of its sales pitch.
And yet, Sunday’s grand final was scheduled a day later than promised due to a clash with a men’s side.
It also featured a team that would not have been playing had the contentious conferencing system not been introduced.
The AFL must understand that if it wants to sell equality, it will actually have to deliver some. Otherwise, it reduces the word to another gimmick, another slogan, another fad.
As disposable as a cheap paper cup, and as dated as frozen yoghurt.
Melbourne comedian Tegan Higginbotham is a sports commentator and has co-hosted AFL and AFLW programs for the ABC and FoxSports