‘League Of Her Own’ is a documentary which explores the journey of three inspiring female football players as they make the leap into the AFL’s Women’s League which has been produced and presented by Angela Pippos.
Set a reminder and hit record on this Friday the 3rd of February as the documentary is aired on Channel 7 in prime time after the first AFL Women’s Round 1 match.
The SMJFL has a strong girls football competition, run in parallel to the mixed and boys competitions, which has produced some local stars of the game and gives young girls a safe and friendly environment to develop their game.
On a specially curated day in September last year, local Auskickers and junior players were invited to be a part of the documentary filming. Held at Toorak Park, a handful of SMJFL young-guns didn’t need to be asked twice if they’d like the opportunity to film for the documentary.
Little legend Polly McArthur (Prahran JFC) had the opportunity to share some of her tips and tricks. You can see her Bouncing, Handballing and Kicking videos on Facebook (and below) in the lead up to the full documentary showing.
Two SMJFL Stars from the 2016 Under 15 Girls Interleague squad also relished the opportunity to speak about their journey through junior football.
2016 Interleague Captain Emma Weberruss (St Peters FC) and Vice-Captain Sophia Rothfield (Prahran JFC) highlighted the ways that the football talent pathway for girls has developed, and the many opportunities that have opened up for girls with the support for the AFL Women’s competition.
David Sheridan (SMJFL Director of Coaching – Interleague), played an integral role in liaising with Angela Pippos and the ‘League Of Her Own’ filming crew. A champion of girls football and the junior talent pathway, Sheridan is thoroughly excited about this week and the next chapter of girls and women’s football.
With each game being televised, and the Collingwood v Carlton Round 1 clash being followed by ‘League Of Her Own’, women’s football has been pushed into the spotlight.
“It means to so much that the pinnacle of women’s football is so visible, and could be achievable for many young girls playing football at the moment,” Sheridan said of the AFL Women’s competition.
“It is especially meaningful to the Interleague participants, who are the likely next cohort of girls coming along the talent pathway.”
To keep an eye out for the SMJFL players featured in ‘League Of Her Own’ tune in:
Friday 3 February
Channel 7 at 9.30pm
Straight after the AFLW’s Round 1 match!
League Of Her Own tells the remarkable story of the rise of women’s football one hundred years after women first played the game. Following three players – Moana Hope, Stephanie Chiocci and Tayla Thorn – as they chase their dream of making it to the big league. Cheering them on from the sidelines are the pioneers of the women’s game who heroically fought for respect and recognition, and an army of young girls who want to follow in their footsteps.
Check out a preview of Polly’s football skills: