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A game of their own: AFLW has given women’s footy a sense of authority and authenticity | Nicole Hayes

On Friday, women who have fought long and hard for the privilege of being treated equally will finally get the chance to move beyond years of kick-to-kick

I was walking my dog at a nearby oval last September when I saw something I’d never seen before. A thing that should have been ordinary, not special; every day, not a first in my middle age. It was a woman kicking a footy with her daughter.

Kids play kick-to-kick with their dads all the time. But girls having a kick with their mums? That was a first for me. I knew immediately that it was a direct consequence of the final women’s exhibition match at Whitten Oval, played the week before, when the Bulldogs beat the Demons in the Hampson-Hardeman Cup – a game attended by more than 6,000 fans, and viewed by a million more on TV.

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A game of their own: AFLW has given women’s footy a sense of authority and authenticity | Nicole Hayes

On Friday, women who have fought long and hard for the privilege of being treated equally will finally get the chance to move beyond years of kick-to-kick

I was walking my dog at a nearby oval last September when I saw something I’d never seen before. A thing that should have been ordinary, not special; every day, not a first in my middle age. It was a woman kicking a footy with her daughter.

Kids play kick-to-kick with their dads all the time. But girls having a kick with their mums? That was a first for me. I knew immediately that it was a direct consequence of the final women’s exhibition match at Whitten Oval, played the week before, when the Bulldogs beat the Demons in the Hampson-Hardeman Cup – a game attended by more than 6,000 fans, and viewed by a million more on TV.

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