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Playing by the (Australian) rules
BY BEN GOESSLING, St Paul Pioneer Press
Maria J Acosta, Action Shots Photography
Plymouth's Kathryn Hogg, right, leaps for the ball during the first all-women's match of Australian Rules football in U.S. history on Oct 18 in Kansas City, Mo. Hogg played with the Orange County Bombshells against a team of women from around the country
Kathryn Hogg of Plymouth started playing Australian Rules football just recently, but she already has participated in the first all-women's match in U.S. history and hopes to start a Minnesota women's team by next spring
Oct 18 was a little unusual for Kathryn Hogg. She flew to Kansas City, Mo., met up with a team she had joined through an internet message board and played in the first all-women's match of Australian Rules football in U.S. history.
You know, just to try something different.
Hogg, a 40-year-old software engineer and sports aficionado from Plymouth, played with the Orange County Bombshells and took on an "all-comers" team comprised of women from all around the country in an exhibition match played at the United States Australian Football League men's national championship tournament.
Hogg hopes to have a Minnesota women's team up and running by next spring, and plans to have a game between an American national team and a side from Canada or Great Britain at the Atlantic Alliance tournament in Toronto next summer.