The Local Women Driving Women's Aussie Rules

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The Local Women Driving Women's Aussie Rules

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More and more Townsville women are showing interest in playing AFL. 

Locally the competition is being driven by key ladies who are ecstatic at the success the sport is having at the moment with women of Townsville. 

Of Townsville's 8 Aussie Rules clubs (Suns, Hawks, Tigers, Bombers, Swans, Bulldogs, Magnetic Island and Charters Towers), four have female presidents or vice-presidents for the first time ... and they're bringing a whole new perspective not only to the game, but to how the clubs are run.

Kylie Thomas - president of Northern Beaches SUNS AFL Club
Kylie Thomas, 40, is relishing her first year as president of the new Northern Beaches SUNS, formed last year when junior AFL club Barras merged with senior club Lions to create the new club.

Nish McDougal - president of University Hawks AFL Club
Nish McDougal is also in her first year as president, for the University Hawks, and said she had no qualms stepping in as the first female president for the club. After volunteering her time for the past eight years across a range of roles, the 34-year-old now not only runs the club but also plays in the women's team the Hawkettes, is a keen supporter of husband Shane and son Harley who also play for the Hawks, chases around after two little Hawks aged two and four, and runs her own health and wellness business.
"I grew up in a rugby league family, and switched to Aussie Rules when meeting my hubby."

Jodie Sewer - vice-president of Hermit Park Tigers AFL Club
It's all about family when it comes to the Hermit Park Tigers - Jodie Sewer is now in her third year as club vice-president, alongside her husband David as president. The 41-year-old has been involved with the Tigers for 18 years, initially as a volunteer and then committee member, not only playing in the original AFL women's comp for the Tigers back in 2004, but back playing in the women's side again last year and this year.

Kath Newman - regional manager AFL Townsville
While Bombers president Angie Akee wasn't available to do this interview, AFL Townsville regional manager Kath Newman says she and the other female presidents exemplify the direction the sport is taking at a local, state and national level.

"Women's roles in sport aren't sex-stereotypical any more - things have done a complete 180 degrees.

"It isn't a case of the secretary always being a woman now, it isn't always a male who is president - everyone gets in there to make footy work, and it is the best person for the job who gets the position."