Ode to Women’s Footy (in the Corona absence)

I was had at ‘hello’ when you stormed the stage, felt inner glow at this turn of the page. A powerful debut in the epic of you.

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Besotted from first bounce at the Aussie Rules announce, I became, partial to your punt, I heard the hip-and-shoulder, the grimace and the grunt.

 

 

As you battle for the prizes, I adore your shapes and sizes, ponytail or crew, in the AFLW. Delirious about your dash and scramble for the ball; perfectly imperfect is my call.

 

 

I get teary at the scrap, ooh and aah and rise to clap. Glued to the screen, stuck to the dial: even your argy-bargy makes me smile.

 

 

More Helen Garner than Patrick White, regaling us all with stories you write.

 

You dish a don’t-argue to the tricksters and trolls; Amazon warriors, not Barbie dolls. No shrinking violets wither this ground, or lofty pedestals where martyrs abound – talk put to swords; actions roar above those words.

 

 

(Baulk conniving producers imposing direction, and ghost writers plotting intervention – i.e. AFLsplainers and over-officiators)

 

I won’t patronise with more idealise, though you’re a tonic, I’m politically platonic so, as with the males, if you finesse and stall, you’ll still hear my wail, “kick the bloody ball!”

 

 

(I’ll stab-pass, though, at a future gong: your own teams, monikers and song. Same-same, but different enthral – you’re from Venus after all.)

 

The Aussie Rules others who hopped on the bus, shout to the world “you complete us!”

 

All images by Paul Spinks.

 

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Comments

  1. Colin Ritchie says

    Timely reminder for us all Paul. Women also play our great game, play it well, and provide enjoyment for many.

  2. Paul Spinks says

    Thanks, Colin:

    Timing isn’t always my strong point, so good to know it was on song this time. Yes, the women’s league is a refreshing addition.

  3. That is a classic, Paul.

  4. Paul Spinks says

    Thanks, Smokie: much appreciated.

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