In PNG, footy challenges beliefs about 'what a woman’s role should be'

CLIENT: DEMAND.FILM
OUTLET: THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD / FAIRFAX

As a woman in sport, I know exactly how it feels to be trolled on social media. It happens to a lot of us. When I saw what AFLW player Tayla Harris was going through with the comments on that photo last month, it resonated.  Unfortunately, whatever your code, being harassed by strangers online is something a lot of us can all relate to in women’s footy.  When I joined the Papua New Guinea Orchids in 2017 ahead of the World Cup, a film crew was making a documentary about the team’s inaugural journey and the impact of women’s rugby league on lives and attitudes in Papua New Guinea. My story became part of the film.  Despite rugby league being the national sport in Papua New Guinea, not everyone was willing to get behind the country’s first female representative rugby league team. One of the biggest issues was the abuse we faced on social media.

As a woman in sport, I know exactly how it feels to be trolled on social media. It happens to a lot of us. When I saw what AFLW player Tayla Harris was going through with the comments on that photo last month, it resonated.

Unfortunately, whatever your code, being harassed by strangers online is something a lot of us can all relate to in women’s footy.

When I joined the Papua New Guinea Orchids in 2017 ahead of the World Cup, a film crew was making a documentary about the team’s inaugural journey and the impact of women’s rugby league on lives and attitudes in Papua New Guinea. My story became part of the film.

Despite rugby league being the national sport in Papua New Guinea, not everyone was willing to get behind the country’s first female representative rugby league team. One of the biggest issues was the abuse we faced on social media.