PLAY­ING FOR KEEPS

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with SIMONE KERWIN

SHOW: Play­ing for Keeps CHAN­NEL: WIN TIME: 8.30pm Wed­nes­day

IT’S doubt­ful that the life­styles of foot­ball WAGs (wives and girl­friends) are re­ally as glam­orous as we’re led to be­lieve.

Though their roles are of­ten ro­man­ti­cised, we tend to for­get that these women who pro­ject In­sta­gram-wor­thy per­fec­tion in pub­lic are of­ten no dif­fer­ent to the rest of us.

Of course, there are al­ways those drawn to footy’s fame and big dol­lars like moths to a flame, and new WIN se­ries Play­ing for Keeps, which kicks off tonight, plays up the po­ten­tial for a seedy Mean Girls-like un­der­world of WAG be­hav­iour.

With soapie stars Madeleine West and Olympia Valance, and An­nie May­nard (re­cently seen in Up­per Mid­dle Bo­gan) in key roles, the se­ries fol­lows the path blazed by early 2000s show Foot­ballers Wives, which cen­tred on the fe­male part­ners of fic­tional English soc­cer play­ers.

In Play­ing for Keeps, a young coun­try girl (Cece Peters) re­lo­cates to the city af­ter her boyfriend is re­cruited by AFL club South­ern Jets.

She is a fish out of wa­ter in her new world, but is taught the ways of the WAG by the coach’s wife (West) and other world-weary types, and also be­comes privy to their se­crets – which may in­clude cov­er­ing up a mur­der.

Sur­pris­ingly for a sports­mad na­tion, se­ries and films set around footy clubs have never been that suc­cess­ful here - per­haps be­cause the real thing al­ways of­fers more drama.

But this will be worth an ini­tial look, if only as guilty plea­sure view­ing – and to re­alise how lucky we are not to be in the AFL fish­bowl.

◆ OFF-FIELD DRAMA: WAGs of the fic­tional South­ern Jets AFL team are the fo­cus of new WIN se­ries Play­ing for Keeps.

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