Aussie Rules has long been the sport of Aboriginal Australia. But women's place has been on the sidelines, cheering men along at local games.
Now, East Arnhem Land women have set up a competition with teams from local Aboriginal communities because they want to be involved in the action.
"Footy is awesome, it's an awesome support ... we're as good as the men, even better," Yirrkala teenager Mikayla Mununggurr said.
Whitney Yunupingu's whole family plays football and she grew up with the sport around her in Nhulunbuy.
"My dad used to play AFL, my mum plays, my brother plays, it goes through my family," she said.
Scores of young women from the region gather on the Yirrkala football field every Thursday night and play 'scratch matches', and will start an official competition this month.
"There's always been an interest among women and the majority of the supporters who come down to watch footy are women," coordinator Araluen Maymaru said.
Four teams from Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala and Ski Beach are playing in the competition.
"We're making new friends, getting to know people you don't usually talk to or see around, being able to communicate with people who aren't as open, so as girls we can have an AFL family," Mununggurr said.
Maymaru said the sport created harmony among young women from different clans.
"It creates a team, on and off the field, having that respect for each other. It's team work and that's what we want to look for in the girls is how you treat each other and behave on the field but off the field as well," she said.
There are 12 Indigenous footballers in the AFL Women's League, about 6 per cent of the total playing pool.
There's a push to increase that number as the league enters its second year — something the East Arnhem Land players want to be a part of.
"It's amazing that girls have worked really hard and put a team together so it's not just boys playing AFL and showing girls what to do ... for us as girls, AFL is really good and it lifts us all up together," Mununggurr said.