With Opposite Foots

We look at AFLW expansion, women in sport, and vulnerability. Special guests Sam Cooney and Kirby Fenwick. 


A collection of non-fiction pieces from more than 20 contributors that explores women’s range of experiences with sport and sporting culture in Australia.

Focusing on a critically under-represented part of Australian culture—specifically the myriad ways non-male   participants    negotiate the traditionally male spectacle of athleticism—this collection interrogates the way sporting bodies and achievements are portrayed in Australian media and culture.

We spoke about vulnerability. Listen to this amazing TED talk by Brené Brown here.

Read this article about vulnerability became sport's winning weapon by Konrad Marshall.

Event at The Wheeler Centre
featuring a discussion between Ellen van Neerven,
Nicole Hayes and Kate Doak
June 5th, 6:15pm

Here If You Need

Mea Culpa corner, power and privilege, and gender pathways with special guest Sanctumer, Australia Diamonds coach, Lisa Alexander.

Today we talked about the The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Guidelines: Trans and gender diverse inclusion in sport > Complying with the Equal Opportunity Act 2010

Danielle Warby has this up on her blog: Welcome trans, gender diverse and intersex members to your sports club that is worth reading.

Nicole mentioned these articles:

Junot Diaz story.

Mary Karr (on David Foster Wallace)

Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why) and James Dashner (Maze Runner) and claims against them.

And these claims too.

Nobel Prize of Literature canceled.





The Losing of Wisdom

We look at how the AFLW lost the inaugural Premiership coach, we talk injuries, comebacks and... Is Canada in the Commonwealth?

Special guests, @AdrianBeckBooks (Adrian Beck) and @ShivaunPlozza talking about Speccy-tacular AFL Stories. @PenguinBooksAus @PenguinKidsAus

SPECCY-TACULAR AFL STORIES is a collection of AFL-themed short stories written by some of Australia’s sportiest children’s authors, including:

Michael Wagner (Why I Love Footy and Maxx Rumble series)
Tony Wilson (The Selwood Boys series)
Nicole Hayes (Footy Girl's Guide to the Stars Of 2017 and The Whole of My World)
Adrian Beck (Kick it to Nick series with Shane Crawford)
Michael Panckridge (Big Bash League series)
Sherryl Clark (Ellyse Perry series)
Patrick Loughlin (Billy Slater, Glenn Maxwell and Football High series)
Meredith Costain (Dance Academy series)
Shivaun Plozza (Frankie and Tin Heart)
David Lawrence (Fox Swift and Ball Stars series)
George Ivanoff (You Choose series)

Somebody Bring Me Some Footy

We talk biting, gambling, statistics and "The Melissa Etheridge Experience", chatting with the rockstar herself. We talk to her about her newfound love of AFL & sport’s power to connect, plus we chat to Debbie Lee &  Agela Pippos about the #AFLW end of season party to end all parties. 

You can read Nicole Hayes' Guardian article here.

Kate mentioned the AFL Annual Report. 


We talk old fashioned footy, maintaining perspective, and the VFLW memo, with guest Sanctumer Shelley Ware. Special guest, VFLW coach Patrick Hill.

State of the W

Season wrap of the AFLW and where to next. 

Katie’s in court, and (some very bad) singing. 

Special guest Chyloe Kurdas!

Drama and polygamy

Time changes, game changers and ins and outs. Special guests Hester and Ben Brown!

AFLW Grand Final

Entry to the game is free, with the match to begin at 12.35pm AEDT.

Gates open at 11.00am AEDT. Priority access will be given to AFLW Dogs and Lions members before the general public will be allowed in from 11.30am AEDT.

Missy Higgins will be singing!

The Final Countdown

This week: Injuries: both structural and maths related. And why one size fits all football is not the answer. 

Featuring an interview with Bridie O’Donnell, former cycling champion and Head, Office for Women in Sport & Recreation #OWSR.

We mentioned Wellbeing not Winning who focus on  remote Indigenous identity and organised sport. 

The report by the House Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs: On Monday 24 June 2013, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs tabled its report on the inquiry into the contribution of sport to Indigenous wellbeing and mentoring entitled Sport - More Than Just A Game.

More info on  the Inquiry into matters relating to the establishment of an Australian Football League team for Tasmania here.

From Change.org: AFL threatens ASADA split if key documents in Essendon drugs saga are made public.

From Foxsports: Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett blasts AFL’s push into China, India.

The White Line

Respect, responsibility, remorse, and redemption. Martin Flanagan talks about his new book, A Wink From the Universe and we celebrate our third year podiversary!

Mr P

Records, results and revenue. And a look at grassroots footy.

For our new episode, we headed down to the headquarters of the @footyefl to chat to Phil Murton @philmurton, CEO of the Eastern Football League about what’s happening in grassroots footy. You can get the episode now, via the ABC Listen app, or through your favourite podcast platform. Or listen here. Enjoy.

Rainbows and Twitter Storms

We talk Pride Game, coaching, and the rough and tumble, on field and off. We spoke to Dr Fraser Carson, Lecturer In Coaching and Dr Julia Walsh, Senior Lecturer In Sport Coaching, both from Deakin University; Wil Stracke from Bulldogs Pride and Tracey Kick, assistant coach at GWS.

People can join Carlton Pride by going here.

Information about Bulldogs Pride can be found here.

We mentioned the student that has been jailed for 56 days for posting offensive comments on Twitter about the on-pitch collapse of Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba. Info here.


Welcome Back, Podder!

Bright-eyed and ready for the second AFLW season we reflect on what's been happening what's to come. With special guest Sam Mostyn.

Here are some of the show's talking points:

Kate spoke about the The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and some of its findings.

She mentioned Play By the Rules, first developed by the South Australian Department for Sport and Recreation in 2001 as an interactive education and information website on discrimination, harassment and child protection in sport. Over the years, as more agencies have seen the need to promote Play by the Rules, they have joined as partners and helped by contributing funds, content and in-kind support.

More information on the Nassar case is here.

Lucy mentioned this wonderful BLOG by Rebecca Hayne.

We played some of this wonderful audio documentary: The First Friday in February by Kirby Fenwick.