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Mark to her Heart by Ashlea Rhodes
Excerpt from Mark to her Heart, Book One, AFL Groupies series By Ashlea Rhodes © 2017
My love of AFL started at a young age when I used to spend my weekends in the cold of winter with a hot chocolate in my hands as I watched my older brother kick a football around the footy oval for our local team. Those memories are so old I don’t know when they first started. As I got older, I stopped going as much but the love of watching the sport on a cold winter’s day stayed with me. I even learned how to kick the ball well enough but there were not many teams with girls on them when I was young. It was only in my teen years when the locals got a girls’ team together but by then I was more interested in my art and boys.
It’s weird. I have never been a sporty person yet when it comes to AFL and UFC fighting, I just love watching them. I’m a bit competitive and I love the thrill of watching to see who can pull out a win. The closer the game or fight, the better it is. Most women my age watch for the hot guys but I love the skills they have. As my best friend, Johnno, will tell you, I might like dressing up in pretty dresses and putting make-up on but I am not one of the girly girls. I’m quite the tomboy. You won’t catch me giggling and flipping my hair like those AFL groupies you see at parties and in the VIP boxes at games. I’m the fan sitting in cheap seats, screaming my head off and cheering my team on. I’m not a groupie. I’m Maxine Taylor—Max to my friends—and I will never be an AFL Groupie.