By the end of 1921, the English Football Association’s views on women’s football were well-known in the Australian British Association Football community. J.W. Kendall, Chair of the Queensland Football Association, only begrudgingly entertained the idea of women playing. In early February 1922, the British Association Interstate Conference in Melbourne elected to follow their EFA counterparts and ban women.
Shortly afterwards the second annual general meeting of the Queensland Ladies Soccer Football Association, which took place 22 February 1922 (reported in the Brisbane Courier 25 February 1922), responded in kind. The notes from the meeting capture an enthusiasm to build on the first season of women’s football in 1921 and schedule more matches.
An article published in April 1922 proposes that women were not playing as a result of their reluctance to play for fear of public opinion. These articles were followed 1 June 1922 in the Telegraph. The article includes a brief interview with Vera Neil of the QLSFA who confirmed that practice matches would take place beginning June 3. Some of the practices were then reported by the Brisbane Courier on June 19 as having taken place. And a match on June 22, a 12-0 victory to Brisbane Ladies over Brisbane City, was reported with reporters noting they were not informed until after it had taken place.
Another match took place in early August, having been advertised as ‘unusual spectacle’ (5 August 1922). Yet another was reported later in August in the Capricornian Newspaper (Rockhampton).
While these incidences are not evidence of a sustained competition or a thriving football community, between their reporting and the women’s own reluctance to bring them to the paper’s knowledge, it is possible that there was a much stronger movement of women’s football than first thought. It would be a mistake to jump to conclusions about the state of play with regards to women’s participation in football in this period, but these articles provide some evidence of interest beyond 1922.