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Women's Footy in the Media

US Women's Coach Wayne Kraska on SEN

The US Women's National Team coach, Wayne Kraska was interviewed on Melbourne sports station SEN on Wednesday August 15th about the successful recent US Freedom's tour to Vancouver Canada.

Kraska says "This is a sports only station and one of the premier AFL broadcasters in Melbourne. The interview will be live with the early morning host Tony Schebeci who's main topic is international sport."

Tony is known to the locals in Melbourne as 'the voice of the G' with his colorful voice overs during games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on match days, the home of the AFL.

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World Footy News Story

World Footy News has published an article on the development of women's footy in the US.
Read the article.


Aussie Rules Football - Ventura County Star

Aussie Rules Football

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Simi Valley's Julie Jones practices her passing during a workout at the Santa Susana Community Center Recreation Park.

Simi Valley's Diane Browning, 15, left, and Amanda Lynch, 15, practice rucking or jumping for the ball after points are scored in Aussie Rules Football. Rucking is similar to a jump ball in basketball.

Royal High connection embraces new sport, leagues
By Rich Romine,

Six Royal High students are kicking it and serving it around in Simi Valley. The players are Diane Browning, Sarah Shoenberger, Amanda Weaver, Amanda Lynch, Rachel Jones and Brian Coe.

Three of the girls have moms playing the sport: Jayme Weaver, Julie Jones and Ruthann Brown.

Two more players are Christina Lindsey of Moorpark and Moorpark College student Eric Prieto, a Royal High graduate.

Prieto, a former Royal high wide receiver and kicker, likes the Australian game better.

"It's fun and a lot more exciting than regular football," he said.

The local connection played in the Australia Week games at UCLA on Jan. 18. Highlights of the women's and men's games were shown on an Australian news network.

The students will be playing for the Orange County Bombshells (women's team) and the Valley Vandals (men's team) in a national tournament Saturday and Sunday in Phoenix, Ariz.

"Brian (Coe, 17) and Eric (18) are the two youngest players to come out of California playing Aussie Rules," said Leigh Swansborough, president of the Aussie Rules Football for Women league. "Both have very bright futures in the sport."

Aussie Rules Football is one of the fastest, free-flowing, action-packed sports. The game combines elements of soccer and basketball while the game ball is always live. There are no timeouts, or offside, and players use their hands and feet. The game is known to Aussies as "footy," said Swansborough, an Australian native.


Media Sightings

The St. Paul Pioneer-Press (circulation 247,377) ran a half page story on women's Australian Football: Playing by the (Australian Rules).

Video Highlights (Windows Media) of the Bombshells vs Allcomers game. Thanks to the New York Magpies for making this available.

Playing by the (Australian) Rules - Pioneer Press

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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.