Den mother Kath’s loy­alty to the WAGs she men­tors is se­verely tested by her at­trac­tion to a much younger player!

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Scan­dals threaten to un­der­mine the South­ern Jets on Play­ing for Keeps

Gath­er­ing the wives and girl­friends of the South­ern Jets Foot­ball Club play­ers to­gether for pri­vate bond­ing ses­sions and lessons in how to sur­vive the glamorous and scan­dal-prone world their part­ners in­habit is what coach’s wife Kath Rickards has done for years. Be­neath the el­e­gant, as­tute and perfectly man­nered ex­te­rior she’s care­fully crafted, Kath guards a rather scin­til­lat­ing se­cret. She and her hus­band Brian have an open mar­riage that’s threat­en­ing to pub­licly un­ravel – thanks to the me­dia scru­tiny of the club in the wake of Jack’s death.

The strain of main­tain­ing the se­crecy is tak­ing its toll on the cou­ple with Kath (Madeleine West, right) won­der­ing whether the de­cep­tion is re­ally worth the ef­fort. Per­haps Brian (Jeremy Lind­say-Tay­lor) should end his af­fair with his ex­tra­mar­i­tal lover Lau­ren so they can ex­clu­sively recom­mit to each other? How­ever, Brian’s eager to keep the sta­tus quo, leav­ing Kath in­creas­ingly frus­trated and dis­satis ed enough to con­sider play­ing around like he does.

Temp­ta­tion in the sexy form of Tahlia’s (Olympia Valance) boyfriend – and South­ern Jets skip­per – Con­nor (Jack­son Gal­lagher) soon rears its pretty head. Tahlia and Con­nor’s re­la­tion­ship is al­ready de­vel­op­ing cracks, thanks to his ear­lier lies about his adop­tion and the glare of tabloid scru­tiny as one of AFL’s hottest new cou­ples. He’s awk­ward around her bid to be a so­cial-climb­ing in uencer via mod­el­ling, fash­ion and TV ex­ploits and a home visit from his mother only makes things worse. Con­nor’s mum is clearly out to as­sess Tahlia’s suit­abil­ity but when she tries rad­i­cal hon­esty to im­press her prospec­tive mother-in-law, she’s wide of the mark!

Fam­ily fric­tion spurs Con­nor to make a quick get­away, straight to the Rickards’ house for ad­vice on the prob­lems with the women in his life. Find­ing only Kath, Con­nor’s se­ri­ously tempted by the at­trac­tive older woman, and the feel­ing’s mu­tual as she strug­gles to re­sist the lure of the esh!

The al­lure of pas­sion with the wan­ton Con­nor doesn’t abate… es­pe­cially as the scan­dal sur­round­ing Jack’s death and Jessie’s (Is­abella Giov­inazzo) al­leged af­fair with Rusty (Ethan Panizza) mo­ti­vates a wor­ried Brian to nally ques­tion his re­la­tion­ships with Kath and Lau­ren. It ap­pears to be too lit­tle, too late for Kath fol­low­ing a down-and-dirty girls’ night out to re­pair Jessie’s friend­ship with Paige (CeCe Peters) – whom Jessie’s ac­cused of spread­ing false ru­mours of the “af­fair” to the me­dia. Kath gets home in need of dis­trac­tion af­ter all that!

See­ing Con­nor on her doorstep, Kath’s once again en­am­oured with the gor­geous spec­i­men wait­ing for her… and her loy­alty to Tahlia is quickly tested as burn­ing de­sire be­tween her and Con­nor threat­ens to boil over into ery, full-blown pas­sion! Game on!


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