Ladies Football League player Shari Harbottle of Springfield Lakes is excited about the first Ipswich LFL game.
Ladies Football League player Shari Harbottle of Springfield Lakes is excited about the first Ipswich LFL game. David Nielsen

Footy girls team up with Jets

THE Ipswich Jets will welcome some recruits on Tuesday when the girls from the Ladies Football League (LFL) Australia turn out for a combined training session at North Ipswich.

The session comes ahead of the first LFL game in Ipswich when the girls play a curtain-raiser to the Ipswich Jets Q-Cup clash with Mackay Cutters on Friday night.

League founder Tala Schultz said she was excited about mixing it up with the Jets boys.

"The girls are ready to go and excited about the game," Ms Schultz said.

"We're ready to show the Ipswich fan what these girls can do."

With the inaugural LFL season set to kick off in early August, Ms Schultz confirmed the Ipswich game would proceed despite the treat of legal action from the American Lingerie Football League.

The Aussie League founder has been ordered to close the competition down after coming to the attention of the popular American version.

"I've received a 'cease and desist' letter," Ms Schultz said.

"They don't want us to run the league. They are saying we are pretending to be the Lingerie Football League, which I strongly refute."

Ms Schultz said many of the women had been playing the game informally for more than five years and were entitled to play a female version of the popular American sport.

"We won't be stopping, if anything I want to challenge them to a game," she said.

"Instead of court let's take it onto the field. Better yet, let's raise them one and play it without pads Aussie style.

"We aren't interested in a hoo-ha fight, we just want to play football.

"We are focusing on the game next week and the girls will be well prepared thanks to the sessions with the Jets.

"We've worked too hard to come this far to let anything stop us."



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