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Women's Footy in the Media

First area women's team seeks to get footing

Several central Ohio residents are members of the Columbus Jillaroos Australian rules football team, including (from left) Sara Matheson, Tina DeMent, Jamie Harvey, Amanda Watters, Kristi Baldwin, Stephanie McKitrick, Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Lawton and Amanda Corthern. The team will play its inaugural season in the U.S.-based Women's Australia Football Association.

By Jeremy Stewart, Staff Writer | June 30, 2010 | © This Week News

A Columbus Jillaroos practice often starts with a formal introduction of players.

The Australian rules football team comes together in a circle and tries to put names with an ever-growing list of faces. The Jillaroos are Columbus' first entry into the U.S.-based Women's Australia Football Association. It is also thought to be the first women's Australian rules football team to form in Columbus.


Sacramento Footy on ABC 10

ABC's News 10 came out to a practice evening and filmed the game which aired later that evening as a promo for the club. We look like we are having so much fun!


US Freedom SEN Interview

During the US Freedom tour of Australia, captain Jenny Sarbacker and team mate Suzy Thomas were interviewed by Melbourne Sports Radio station SEN. The crew chatted with the Freedom ladies about the tour, women's footy in the US, and were quite enthralled with the US Freedom Calendar.

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The Drill: Q&A With local "footy" player Suzy Thomas

Oct 23, 2009 | Dave Kallmann | © Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

The women's division trophy from the U.S. Australian Rules Football national championship resides in Wisconsin. Earlier this month, the Milwaukee Lady Bombers won the eight-team tournament, beating the Calgary Blue team, 8.3 (51)-1.5 (11), in the championship game. Thomas, of West Allis, who won the Geoff Cann Medal for MVP of the final, tried to explain "footy" to the Journal Sentinel's Dave Kallmann, who was lost from the opening ruck.


Giant Leap

Published in Bendigo Weekly on 20/08/2009

The push to establish a women’s football team in this city has gained momentum following the hugely successful clash between Bendigo and the touring USA Freedom.

Hundreds of football followers were at Fulton Hogan Oval in Kangaroo Flat to watch the international match with the visitors coming off losses to NSW in Sydney and then Queensland in Cairns.

Bendigo captain Andrea Walsh was clearly the best player afield as she banged home three goals to lead her side to a triumphant victory over the Americans who were best served by Suzy Thomas from the Milwaukee Bombers.

Yanks here to play Australian rules football

Cheryl Critchley | From: Herald Sun | August 17, 2009

THESE Yanks definitely don't tank, taking it up to the Aussies in the first tour by an international women's Australian rules football team.

Despite losing their four games they edged closer each time, finishing with a two-point nail-biter against a combined VWFL team on Saturday.

US Freedom is mostly Americans and one expat Australian, and boasts the Statue of Liberty on its jumper.