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When Matildas star Sam Kerr was just a kid, when the inaugural A-League Women’s season was still years away, and when a World Cup on Australian soil was a fanciful idea, a mob of mature Melbourne women threw caution, asthma inhalers and orthopaedic inserts to the wind and formed a team to play in the lowest division of the metropolitan league. 

As their coach, author Paul Connolly, documents in this hilarious and heartwarming memoir, the Mighty ’Bras, as this Brunswick Zebras team became known, fell in love with a game; a love more intense for its late blossoming. More importantly, these footballing novices discovered that their seemingly whimsical adventure turned out to be so much more, and forged lasting friendships and a sense of community that made all the bumps, bruises and calamitous losses worthwhile. 

Paul Connolly is a writer, editor and tutor based in Melbourne. Author of the popular Kitchen Sink Drama flash fiction column in Good Weekend magazine, Paul also writes non-fiction and feature stories for leading news publications.

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