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Six-week Ban for Female Footy Player for Competing in Men's Comp

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A female footballer - who broke rules by playing in a men’s competition in the State's South East has been banned for six weeks.

Casey McElroy, 27, who plays in the Limestone Coast Women’s Football League, played in a B-grade match for Padthaway Lions against Kingston in May.

The club received a $2000 fine from the Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Football League for being an unregistered player, and the SANFL investigated the matter.

By playing in the game unregistered and ineligible, SANFL ruled that she exposed herself to an insurance risk.

In a message to us, Ms McElroy said, "I'm devastated to know that I won’t be playing next season as soon as I hoped," adding that she does not want to comment further. 

McElroy played in the B-grade match late last month between Padthaway and Kingston.

Under the Australian Football Match Policy, females are not permitted to play football in a mixed gender team after the age of 14.

Image: Casey McElroy playing for the Padthaway Football Club men's reserve team. (ABC/9News - Photo by Ace Coote)