Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Kirsty's Footy Passion; Teen Selected in U17 Capricornia Cobras Side

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Kirsty's Footy Passion; Teen Selected in U17 Capricornia Cobras Side

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Rob McNicol

Rob.mcnicol@dailymercury.com.au

AUSTRALIAN RULES: She's a young woman in a man's world and no one's going to stop her.

Kirsty Swindells is one of six Mackay teens selected in the under-17 Capricornia Cobras Aussie rules side.

Not only is she an Aussie rules lover in a rugby league town, but she's also a female playing a male-dominated sport.

Swindells said she would love to see the AFL Mackay Women's League take off for the sake of her future in the sport.

"I really hope it does because it'll be a good chance for the girls to get involved in the sport," she said.

"I actually had to give up playing club footy when I was 15, so I took up coaching and umpiring.

"It was only this year that they gave me a piece of paper saying I could play down a grade, so I could be 17 and play under-15 mixed footy. …

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