They stand defiant to social barriers ” an education for the close-minded.
But when it comes down to it, the all-female Butler Falcons just want to be taken seriously as athletes.
Sure, they enjoy kicking the footy with their mates, but the predominantly Sudanese side has its sights firmly set on making the grade for the West Australian Women’s Football League.
And they’ve already attracted a high-profile fan in North Melbourne high-flyer Majak Daw ” the AFL’s first Sudanese footballer.
Team captain Hellen Santino (18), from Butler, initially had her doubts about football.
It was all about soccer in her childhood.
But having been in Australia for 10 years, the Dockers supporter was unable to escape WA’s obsession with the sport.
‘To be honest, I didn’t know how much I’d like it, (but) it’s fun and it’s something new,’ she said.
‘In Africa, the basic sport was soccer’