As a Melbourne-based supporter of an interstate club I don’t get to go to many AFL games a year, so it was a joy to get out the footy scarf, fill up the thermos, and travel to the MCG on a surprisingly sunny Saturday afternoon.
With around half the followers of Australian Rules being female, I’m not alone in my enjoyment, and at times obsession, with the game.
Research at Deakin ( The Conversation) is debunking some tired stereotypes about women fans, e.g that we are just interested in tight shorts, and instead finds what any supporter would tell them; that we “watch football for the skill, athleticism, competition and atmosphere.”
It wasn’t the best game I have ever attended today, but I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else. Something any footy fan, male or female, would understand