We are pleased to present the front cover of The Women’s Footy Almanac 2018!

Here it is –

the front cover of

The Women’s Footy Almanac 2018!





Painted by the incredible artist and VFLW player, Kendra Heil and designed by John Kingsmill, this is the cover of our book (to be launched in late July) which celebrates the second season of the AFLW and women’s and girls’ footy generally. The Women’s Footy Almanac 2018 book is now available for pre-order. (Details are at the end of this piece).


Kendra has captured a raw and defining moment from the Western Bulldogs’ premiership win.


Women’s Footy Almanac editor, Kasey Symons, caught up with Kendra to talk to her about her inspiration and process in creating this stunning piece of art.


Kendra chose to paint Hannah Scott for more reasons than just depicting this incredible image that was snapped after the Dogs battled their way to premiership glory.


‘It’s a lot easier for me to paint somebody I know.’ Kendra says.


‘I chose Scotty (Hannah Scott) as I played at the Eastern Devils with her and I think it was a big deal for her to win the premiership. She’s always been really expressive too and that moment was just really exciting.’


On her process, Kendra says that intimate connection to the athletes in her art is important for her to bring her subject’s personalities and energy to life.


‘It’s a really intimate thing to do to spend that much time looking at a person in that amount of detail. So when I first started painting the Collingwood boys (while on the club’s list in the inaugural AFLW season), I went up and asked them first and got to know them a little bit before I painted them to make sure it was ok with them and I started painting people I know from different clubs because I know their story. It’s easier to bring out that emotion when I know who they are.


The Katie Loynes and the Shae Audley one was so expressive with the two of them yelling – the guys at Carlton asked me to do that one and it turned out so nice. I know how crazy/amazing they are on the field and I know how expressive they are off-field and it makes it a lot more interesting to paint and I tend to paint it quicker when I know the person.’


You can see the intimacy in this piece. Kendra has brought out Scott’s raw emotion, her ferocity and explosiveness in an image that defines the Dogs’ season. After many set backs, injuries, a controversial suspension, the Daughters of the West never stopped snarling and history will remember their bark.


Kendra was thrilled with how Almanac designer, John Kingsmill has transformed her piece into the cover for The Women’s Footy Almanac 2018 cover – and so are all of us here at the Almanac.


‘I just loved the detail of the trophy and that gold reflection coming off of it, it’s really beautiful and it kind of reminded me almost of a genie in a bottle – you rub it all your dreams come true.’


Scott’s footy dreams certainly came true that cold and wet day in March and now, in a way, ours have too in being able to publish another book covering the women’s game and we would not have been able to do it without the support of our sponsors Think Agri, Ethical Investment Services, SC Lennon & Associates and Deakin University as well as our Women’s Footy Almanac patrons.


And of course, all the writers who contributed their words.


We can’t wait to bring you this book to very soon!


To listen to Kasey’s full interview with Kendra, check out our latest podcast on The Footy Almanac stream.


And to hear more from Kendra and from some other incredible women in the sport media space focused on the women’s game, come to our Women’s Almanac Pie Night on May 30 at the Fitzroy Bowls Club.


Tickets are only $20 and include some pies, sausage rolls and a drink.


All are welcome to what will be a great night talking footy with hot pies and cold drinks – we hope to see you there!



Pre Orders now open!
To pre-order copies of The Women’s Footy Almanac 2018

($30 per copy) please EFT (reference WFA-Your Name)

Malarkey Publications
BSB 633000
A/C 154103428

and send an email with your postal address to:   [email protected]



  1. Jarrod_L says

    What a cover! Kendra’s the real MVP (along with everyone else involved actually – team MVPs!)

  2. Powerful. Congrats and thanks to Kendra. And John Kingsmill.

    Kasey has been doing a mountain of work on this book too.

  3. Chris and Bonnie Norman says

    Fantastic … can’t wait to recap on another tremendous AFLW season and more ….

  4. Dave Brown says

    Beaut – well done all!

  5. Magnificent cover. It really captures the emotion!

  6. Yippee!! Can’t wait to see it in print.

  7. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Brilliant cover. Congratulations and well done to all contributors.

  8. E.regnans says

    Love it.
    Well done, all.
    Buy a few copies; give them to your mates.

  9. Luke Reynolds says

    Looks superb, great job Kendra, well done to everyone involved!

  10. Excellent cover.
    Straight to the poolroom for that one.

  11. DANAE GIBSON says

    Love it. What Smokie said.

    Can’t be in Melbourne for Pie Night but I’m looking forward to the pix!

  12. Nice one.

  13. Jackie Lynch says


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