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It’s game on for women's football

But where does the story of women’s football begin? In Play On! The Hidden History of Women’s Australian Rules Football Brunette Lenkic and Victoria University Associate Professor Rob Hess, reveal that women have been involved in football since the 1850s.

This is the first comprehensive book about the history of Australian Rules football, showcasing the hard-work and resilience required to keep the women’s game alive.

In a moving foreword, Susan Alberti (AC), long-time advocate for women in football and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from VU, says now is the time to capitalise on the growth in our game.

“Our great game has always been enjoyed and played by people of all shapes and sizes, age groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and religions. As a community, we are now finally accepting that gender is no barrier to playing Aussie Rules, either.”

Play On! The Hidden History of Women’s Australian Rules Football (Echo Publishing, $32.95) will be launched at:

6pm, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 at the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) Library.

Media contact

Frances Atkinson
Email: frances.atkinson@vu.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 9919 4061
Mobile: +61 435 960 793

For interview

Associate Professor Rob Hess
Email:robert.hess@vu.edu.au
Phone: +613 9919 4062

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