The inside story of the Giants 2020 AFLW season
Raw and uncompromising, this is not just the story of the Giants, but of the AFLW Women's Competition in Australia. It is an unflinching look at the reality for women playing Australian Football at the highest level.
Georgina Hibberd was given full and unfettered access to the players and Club during their 2020 season. She draws back the curtain on the passionate wins and soul crushing losses and gives us a human insight into the make-up of one of the inaugural teams of the AFLW.
Praise for Never Surrender
Martin Flanagan, Journalist and author
"Written with sustained intensity and a thorough knowledge of its subject, "Never Surrender" articulates the new expression of a famous old game that is AFLW".
Russell Jackson, ABC
"(An) original and admirable book, which is about football and equality and many other good things, told with restrained power."
Lucy Race, The Outer Sanctum podcast
"Seriously, go and get this book now. Such an insightful exploration of not just a football club but the competition, women’s sport and the broader social/political environment. The kind of book I’ve been waiting for. Absolutely loved it."
Kirby Fenwick, Siren Sport
"Deftly and subtly and sometimes not even a little bit subtly, addresses the challenges faced by women in sport. The obstacles and the stress and the uncertainty and the hard work just to get to the starting line, let alone any further."
Shane Koelmeyer CEO, Workplace Law
“I encourage anyone involved in women’s sport whether as a parent, supporter, sponsor, coach or administrator to read this book. It can be read as a great ‘behind the scenes’ sports book but the truth is, it actually goes beyond footy. It gave me a better understanding of how our firm can best support female athletes and deeper understanding of the special nature of female teams in both the corporate and sport worlds. The stories and insights about a dedicated coaching staff and playing group, will make me a better CEO for the women of Workplace Law.”
"I can’t even imagine how it must have felt being on that journey with those amazing Giants women, but I reckon you captured their toughness, togetherness and resilience perfectly. Congratulations, I absolutely loved it." @rowe_kel
"I don’t think I’ve ever devoured a non-fiction book like this - I kept forgetting I already knew what happened in the season! Terrific work."
"Absolutely riveting, despite the fact that AFL is a bit foreign to me. I found it was "edge of your seat" viewing! I had to make myself put it down and go to bed on more than one occasion."
Alan McConnell, Coach
"This isn’t about winning, this is about showing people that we’re not who they think we are."
Jessica Dal Pos #7
"I don’t care about the people who have negative stuff to say. I’m not interested in them because they’re not the ones who watch the game. I want to entertain the people who show up in the rain, the people who watch on the TV or the people who stream it through their laptop onto their TV and then have to keep fighting their WiFi to watch the game."
Briana Harvey, Head of AFL
I could have worked anywhere but I made a conscious choice to work in women’s sport. People assume it’s a stepping-stone. I find that offensive. It’s a privilege to work with these women, to be trusted by them".