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To simplify and shrink everything down, there are a bunch of different ways to get to it. Coach Jackson has proven to be one of the best guys to do it. I’m happy to work with him on getting myself to become more consistent.”. The inaugural Ladies Gridiron League Tri Nations tournament was played between Australia, New Zealand and the US last year. (Supplied: Project 628/Simon Fox)Knickers in a knot over underwear footballThe Ladies Gridiron League (LGL), run by an Australian non profit association, is a local version of the hugely popular lingerie football played in the US.Teams from WA, Victoria, QLD, NSW and South Australia will take part in the controversial sport, which critics say is sexist.But those who play the fast paced, seven a side version of full contact American football said it empowers women and the focus is firmly on athleticism, rather than sex appeal.The Perth based West Coast Angels team includes established athletes, police officers, lawyers and personal trainers.Angels linebacker Rhyanna Edbrooke said the women worked just as hard as the local men’s team.We don’t love the uniform . But if that’s what it takes to play with our sisters on the field, that’s what we’re going to do.”They come and play with us and they know we hit bloody hard,” she said.”We are athletes on the field we play sport and we play it hard.”But unlike their male counterparts, female gridiron players wear bike shorts and crop tops during games.In the US, players wearing lacy bras and frilly underpants tackle hard, mouth off at the opposition and get into fights.A slightly toned down version, launched in Australia two years ago, was met with widespread scorn from local athletes, politicians and sporting groups.The local league lasted just one season before its American owner pulled the plug last year, leading to the formation of the LGL.’We don’t love the uniform’Angels player and personal trainer Nicole Harvey said the focus was now on skills, not sex appeal.”I think it’s got more of a healthier, Aussie sportsman attitude to it they’re taking away the sexualisation and making it a game that families want to come and watch,” she said.Fellow player, Ms Edbrooke, said the new uniforms were an improvement, but there was still a long way to go.”We don’t love the uniform, no,” she said.”But if that’s what it takes to play with our sisters on the field, that’s what we’re going to do.”Because it’s evolving so fast, it eventually won’t be about what we’re wearing, it’ll be about the game.”In the new league, players will be covered by insurance and will receive match payments as part of a push for the game to shed its image as a novelty sport with a focus on sex appeal.A pay television channel will broadcast games.But Australian Womensport and Recreation Association secretary Janice Crosswhite said the skimpy attire was unnecessary..