is a television hour commissioned by the AFL (Australian Football League) and Channel 7 to give the sports loving public a glimpse into how women’s football evolved and what it means to the players. Helmed by Co-Directors/Producers Nicole Minchin and Angela Pippos the hour has a current affairs feel but leans into documentary territory.
For me this TV hour is about the girls and women loving and playing a sport that was deemed unsafe for females by men. It is a testament to all the women who played and worked behind the scenes to change the Men’s Club attitude particularly since the 2000s.
Using Angela as presenter and narrator the edit charts Moana Hope’s, Stephanie Chocci’s and rookie Tayla Thorn’s family history, love of the game, and hopes for the future including playing in the inaugural AFLW season. Included are important moments in the history of women’s football from 1909 to the exhibition matches of 2016 while interweaving some key players that helped form the modern game: Debra Lee, Peta Searle, Lisa Cato and Susan Alberti plus some of the players, coaches and AFL leadership team that would feature in the 2017 season.
The inaugural AFLW season burst into the Australian zeitgeist during the 2017 summer and dominated the media as no other women’s sport has. In the brief but electric 8 week season the public embraced the teams while admiring the physical style of football they played and I had the happy fortune of being in a box seat.
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