The Lajamanu womenâs team (in red) play the local Papunya womenâs side. This year twelve women's teams entered the carnival - itâs only the second year of having a women's competition, which started spontaneously last year when some of the women borrowed the menâs jerseys. The women play on half sized ovals, lined by crowds on the edges shouting just as loudly as the mens game. However, the atmosphere is much more relaxed than the menâs games, so much so that they are often played when thereâs a fight in the menâs tournament to lower the temperature. Papunya Football Carnival, Northern Territory, Australia, Monday 15th July 2019. Matthew Abbott for The New York Times.