In sport, women are becoming increasingly involved in what were once male dominated areas. Two?
SV: Theresa Bennett with her mother walking outside the court. (2 SHOTS)
SV: Theresa playing football with boys team. (2 SHOTS)
SV: Theresa and her mother outside court. (3 SHOTS)
CU: Theresa answering questions.
SV: Girl spectators in New Zealand cheering at girl players.
SV: Three girls playing with boys rugby team.
SV: Three girl players on pitch.
SV: Girls tackling boys.
CU: Three girls answering questions.
MYLES: "Judge Michael Harris said in his summing up that the two defendants-the Football Association and the Nottingham Football Association-treated Theresa Bennett less favourably than they would have treated a man when they banned her from playing for the local Under 12 team last season on the grounds of her sex. It simply would not wash, said the judge, for the defendants to say there were other teams-women's teams-in the area for which Theresa could have played. Theresa had claimed two thousand pounds damages from the defendants. The judge said the girl was clearly upset, and he awarded her two hundred pounds damages for loss of opportunity and another 50 pounds damages for what he called injury to her feelings."
MYLES: "What do you feel about the result Theresa?"
THERESA: "Happy about it"
MYLES: "Did you think it was going to go your way listening to the evidence:?"
THERESA: "Well at first I thought they wouldn't (INDISTINCT) I just kept my fingers crossed all the time. It just came our right."
MYLES: "Wasn't it a bit of an ordeal for you to stand up there and give your evidence?"
THERESA: "The Palms of my hands were sweating a lot, which showed how tense I was about it."
MYLES: "How strongly did you feel about it, the way you were banned from playing. How did that worry you?"
THERESA: "Very strong, because I was crying. I've always loved football, and I always will."
TOOGOOD: "How many hardened rugby followers would shudder to hear cry of Eden Park during a tense Test Match? But on Saturday mornings it's a common call, as the Hillsborough Sixteen Graders take on their opponents on rugby fields around Auckland. Three members of the team are girls and they hack it with the best of them. First Five is melissa Ripikoa, aged nine, Ursula Lewis at Second Five is also nine, and so's the teams' Centre, Tracey Swords. Girls are now playing most sports but rugby is one of the last to see the female figure. According to the girls they wouldn't play anything else."
TOOGOOD: "Why don't you play netball or even soccer or something?"
GIRL: "Too boring. You have to wait down the end until someone throws it to you unless you get stuck in."
TOOGOOD: "How far would you like to ... would you like to be an All Black?"
GIRL: "Yes, my great grandfather was All Black."
TOOGOOD: "Was he?"
GIRL: "Yes, Sy McLaughlan."
TOOGOOD: "Would you like to follow in his footsteps?"
TOOGOOD: "Do you think you'd be allowed to?"
GIRL: "We might be."
REPORTER: BRUCE MYLES/CHAS TOOGOOD
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Background: In sport, women are becoming increasingly involved in what were once male dominated areas. Two reports show that not only are women getting involved, but at an increasingly younger age. In London, Bruce Myles of the BBC reports on a young girls successful court fight to be allowed to play soccer. From Auckland, in New Zealand, Chas Toogood of the BCNZ, reports on an even more unlikely event-girls playing rugby. First Bruce Myles.