Max Headroom: AFLW Takes Centre Stage with a Very Special Edition of Kick Like A Girl
Kate O'Halloran leads an all-star cast to present a wrap up of the 2019 AFLW season live from RRR’s Performance Space.
She’s joined by Kirby Fenwick (writer and the creator of the AFLW audio documentary The First Friday in February), Maddy Prespakis (Carlton player, All Australian and 2019 Rising Star – and secret Essendon supporter), Chyloe Kurdas (AFLW expert and commentator), Aleisha Newman (speedy Melbourne Demons forward), and Emily Fox (one of only a few openly transgender athletes playing women's football; Emily is also in the Advisory Board of the Pride Cup and a current player for St Kilda Sharks).
They talk about the incredible crowd of 53,034 that watched Adelaide defeat Carlton in the 2019 AFLW Grand Final and how emotional it was to finally feel justified in their collectively long held belief that people DO want to watch women play football and women’s sport in general.
Kate and Chyloe bond over their love of Erin Phillips and discuss whether or not the currently unnamed AFLW Best and Fairest medal should be named after her, given that ‘she’s the prototype’ for what all AFLW players want to be. Maddy talks about starting off ‘playing with the boys’ and the privilege of being able to transition straight into women’s football, unlike Erin, who had to wait 19 years to get back to footy because the same opportunities weren’t available to her at the same age.
The panel also reflect on what comes next so that they ‘can see their potential fully realised’ by transitioning to truly professional careers. Emily points out that an eight week season is ‘just not enough footy’, which is certainly something all AFLW fans would support. And Kirby gets amongst the audience who all have a lot to say about their fave game, the positivity and inclusivity of AFLW and even Jimmy, younger brother of Maddy Prespakis, gets to say a few words about his talented big sister.