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