By Ant Wingard
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the women who are changing the game, making their mark, kicking new goals and redefining what is possible in sport.
For over a century, women have played an important part of the game’s history and culture, and with the introduction of the NAB AFL Women’s competition, girls can see a pathway to the elite level now exists.
All Round 6 matches in the AFL Women’s competition will celebrate the involvement of women in Australian Rules football.
Goal umpire flags and grass signage across all games this weekend will be purple – a colour historically associated with efforts to achieve gender equality.
Round 6 also coincides with the last Brisbane Lions’ AFLW home game of the season, as the Lions take on bottom of the table Collingwood at 3:35pm on Saturday at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex.
Brisbane currently sit second on the ladder and with a potential Grand Final spot on offer, will aim to send off their home fans happy with a big win over the Magpies.
Speaking to AFL Queensland on International Women’s Day (March 8), Brisbane Lions’ marquee forward Sabrina Frederick-Traub lauded the efforts of her fellow female combatants for their efforts in overcoming the historical barriers for women in sport.
“Today is International Women’s Day and I couldn’t be prouder to be an athlete at this time of year when finals are coming closer,” she said.
“I can’t wait to go out there with my teammates and give them hell and really just show what it’s like to be a strong, empowered female on the field doing just as well; if not better than the men. I can’t wait.
“International Women’s Day means to me a day where females and strong, empowered women band together to reflect on what we’ve overcome, to celebrate what we’ve overcome and what is in front of us and to really recognise what we can do as women.”
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