Gridiron girls lead the way

WA Angels,the Perth Girdiron women's team. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d402863
WA Angels,the Perth Girdiron women's team. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d402863

But that is exactly what is happening to gridiron in Australia.

The National Legends Football League (LFL), launched in Perth last week, has confirmed that two local women’s matches will be played at nib Stadium in December and February.

The December game will be the first league match in Australia.

WA Angels coach Justin Rogers said the increased interest in the women’s league was helping the sport grow.

‘It is amazing to see that in a sport for once, the women’s brand can give as much back to the men’s game,’ he said.

‘The guys are embracing that, with local clubs supportive of developing a women’s minor league.’

The LFL was previously known as the lingerie football league, which may in part explain its growing popularity.

But Angels team manager and LFL representative Armando Formica said while the uniforms did show off the women’s bodies, the players were highly skilled and strong athletes.

‘These girls are high end, elite athletes,’ he said.

‘We have national lacrosse players, Australian baseball players, football players, an ex-Gladiator and a contestant from Gladiators.

‘Those who think it is a spectacle quickly see that the women hit as hard as the men and they get hurt more because they have less clothing and padding,’ Mr Formica was quick to point out.