DOM­I­NATED SPORT

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By Sophia Tori Im­ages SUP­PLIED sis­ter, for the first ever Fiji Women’s team to play in the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Cup. Tadrau’s early in­volve­ment also in­cluded vol­un­teer­ing her spare time to visit schools in ef­forts to build in­ter­est in AFL. It led even­tu­ally to her be­com­ing the first ever paid em­ployee of AFL Fiji as De­vel­op­ment Co­or­di­na­tor in 2016. How­ever, earn­ing a seat at the ta­ble is one thing, keep­ing it in a male dom­i­nated sport has been a chal­lenge. It’s one that Tadrau none­the­less wel­comed de­spite the many frus­tra­tions it has brought, from con­de­scend­ing sex­ist com­ments about her knowl­edge of the game, to at­tempt­ing to un­der­cut her from de­ci­sion mak­ing. While gen­der pol­i­tics has mud­died the wa­ters in a sport that is pri­mar­ily de­fined as be­ing a male one, es­pe­cially in Fiji, AFL Fiji (Mens and Womens) has thrived due to Tadrau be­ing a com­plete foot­ball head. Aus­tralian Rules Foot­ball, bet­ter known as Aus­tralian Foot­ball or Footy, is a con­tact sport played on an oval shaped field be­tween two sides of eigh­teen play­ers. It is fast, re­quir­ing equal use of hand and foot skills; and dy­namic, al­low­ing for mul­ti­ple strate­gies of play. Its main fol­low­ing out­side Aus­tralia is in the South Pa­cific, par­tic­u­larly Pa­pua New Guinea, and in Ire­land be­cause of its sim­i­lar­i­ties to Gaelic Foot­ball (Ir­ish

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