In Play On! The Hidden History of Women’s Australian Rules Football Brunette Lenkić and Victoria University Associate Professor Rob Hess, reveal that women have been involved in football as players since the early 1900s.

This is the first comprehensive book (with a moving foreword by Susan Alberti) about the history of Australian Rules football, showcasing the hard-work and resilience required to keep the women’s game alive.


Dave talks with Victoria University Associate Professor Rob Hess who outlines some of the hidden history of womens AFL

  • Want to talk about record crowds? More than 41,000 people turned up to watch women play football in 1929
  • Timing is everything: Why has the AFLW competition captured the nation’s imagination?
  • Which football club kept women’s football alive in the 1950s? The answer is surprising.
  • What are the broader cultural changes that have led to this resurgence?
  • Why has it taken the AFL this long to realise that diversity drives innovation?
  • Show me the money: From horse-racing to cricket and soccer. Why is there a new appreciation for women in sport?
  • Compelling anecdotes about what it was like to be a woman and play footy in the 1930s.
  • What’s next for the AFLW?

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