Almanac Women’s Footy: A new season of footy, a new season of writing

Friday February 3, 2017.

 

 

To say it was a special night is an understatement.

 

For those who were there, it was an electrical current, a live wire of anticipation and excitement. A moment in time. For those who were locked out, a nightmare, fomo at its peak. And for those watching around the country, it was a revelation as women took centre stage to play Australia’s game representing AFL Clubs for premiership points for the first time.

 

I didn’t know how I would find the AFLW experience. I wasn’t skeptical about women playing the game, I knew these women meant business but I was selfishly concerned about my place at the game.

 

I never wanted to play football. I wasn’t one of the many women over our great game’s history who was held back, who was told ‘no’ and that ‘football was for the boys’. I was always happy being a fan on the sidelines cheering on my team but the more I spoke to friends and colleagues, the more I heard their motivation for supporting AFLW was because they never got the chance to play.

 

Additionally, my club did not have a women’s team (and I am still waiting for West Coast to enter the competition in 2020), so who would I support? How did I fit into this game?

 

Then I saw a call for writers on The Footy Almanac to contribute to the coverage of the inaugural women’s season and I understood how I fitted into the world of women’s football.

 

Writing is my passion and being able to participate in a community of writers following the women’s game was a humbling and exhilarating experience. It gave me purpose, it gave me a football place and it made me feel like I was a part of something big – in my own way, I finally understood what it was like for the women taking to the field and how important that feeling is.

 

Being welcomed, included and celebrated is what sport is all about and finally we have a competition that does that for those who have been ignored and even explicitly excluded for so long (and some clubs and players still are which pains me greatly and I hope the AFL re-address their stance on transgender athletes sooner rather than later).

 

The Almanac provided me with a team and gave me a way to be part of the AFLW experience. Writing brought me into a game I was afraid I wouldn’t have a connection with. I wasn’t part of the history, I thought I would be a faux-fan, not genuinely attached to what was happening in front of me, just part of the crowd, lost. But now, as the AFLW approaches its second season – I am counting down the days until I can watch the women do it all again and write my first match report of season 2018!

 

Kasey Symons is our women’s footy editor. She’s looking after our women’s footy coverage in 2018. She will be contacting those writers who contributed last year in the coming days. If you would like to contribute to the Almanac’s coverage of AFLW – match reports and other pieces – please contact Kasey kasey@footyalmanac.com.au

 

Read more about the book we put out last year to celebrate the first AFLW season. HERE

 

 

 

About Kasey Symons

Kasey Symons is the Women's Football Editor here at The Footy Almanac. She is also a PhD Candidate at Victoria University where her research is focused on gendered issues in sports cultures (primarily AFL) at a fan level. Kasey is a born and raised Victorian who barracks for the West Coast Eagles and yes, she knows that is weird.

Comments

  1. Yvette Wroby says:

    You have found your place in footy now, for both the men and women!!!

    Yvette

  2. Hi Kasey,

    I am happy to hear you have found an opportunity to involve in footy. As a St Kilda supporter, I chose Bulldog girls to follow until Saints enter the AFLW in two years.

    Working alongside Yvette to edit Women’s Footy Almanac will be a great experience and you can utilise your skills, I think.

    Welcome to the team and all the best.

    Yoshi

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