Season Two (Episode 12) begins with our biggest guest to date, Eleni Glouftsis! She began umpiring in 2006 and has since become a household name when she famously became the AFL's first female field umpire in 2017. We discuss everything from the history of female umpiring, to the sometimes tense relationship between the VFL/AFL and its umpires, to the challenges of fitness and interpreting the many rules when have in our great game.
Our seventh episode is all about player payments, free agency and the age-old debate around amateurism and professionalism. We discuss the social and economic climate of Melbourne during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and how this had an impact on our great game.
Our sixth episode is all about the breakaway of the VFA to the VFL beginning in the year of 1897. We discuss fixturing, illegal payments and secret dealings between clubs, as well as the parallels this topic draws between the Rugby and Association games in England during the late nineteenth century.