For women who want in on the football action without having to get a spray tan and escort some bloke down the Brownlow blue carpet, look no further than the Darebin Falcons. Besides Aussie Rules, the Falcons have women and girls playing soccer, cricket and eight-ball.
As a seasoned player and junior coach with Falcons’ soccer team, Jasmine Hirst is proof you can be a lot more than knee high to a grasshopper if you want to start playing the game. “I came to the sport fairly late when I was about 26 and I’ve been playing on and off between having babies for 13 years.” Many of her teammates joined the sport even later in life. “We have a number of older women who have come to the game in their late 30s. Our runner-up for best and fairest last year was 49.”
Jasmine loves soccer as a tactical game that gets people outdoors, but for her one of the most satisfying parts of being involved with the teams is seeing the pure joy on the faces of girls and women who come along to the club’s ‘Come and Try’ days. “There is something about kicking a ball around that sort of takes you back a bit to your