Mustangs FC: episode guide


Goals

Episode 1
Wed, October 11, 2017 (5pm, ABC Me)
Writer: Michael Miller
Director: Tori Garrett

Mustangs FC is a goal kicking comedy drama about girls who are abandoning the sidelines and starting their local football club's first all-female team. Against the odds, they'll stand united and overcome any challenge the club, the boys or the opposition can throw at them, all while wrestling with what it means to be a girl today.

This is the story of the team's bid to get to the final of the divisional league and captain Marnie is facing an uphill battle. Has she got what it takes to lead this rookie side through its first massive season? Time to girl up and see.

Marnie's best friend Liv is an enthusiastic player who sometimes forgets that being a goalkeeper means she has to actually guard the goal. Reluctant Bella refuses to get off the bench and over-scheduled Anusha is trying to revise nuclear physics during the drinks break. Ruby's a great striker — but is she even going to hang around for a season when she's so desperate to head back to LA? And surely Princess Lara will be constantly on the injured list with a broken nail? Can these girls overcome their differences, support each other better than Serena's sports bra and work out there's no "i" in team?

As well as playing great soccer, this girl squad have got to work out how to be a friend. A sister. A daughter. A captain. A good sport. And how all that may be hard or sad or ridiculously crazy or laugh out loud funny. But when you've got your team mates behind you, there's no better feeling than playing like a girl.

Starring: Emmanuelle Mattana as Marnie, Ashleigh Marshall as Liv, Gemma Chua Tran as Anusha, Molly Broadstock as Bella, Celine Ajobong as Ruby, Monique Heath as Lara, Celia Pacquola as Narrator, Pia Miranda as Jen, Jacek Koman as Danny

Co-starring: Stephen Hall as Kev, Fiona Choi as Cindy, Phoenix Raei as Lachy, Natasha Pearson as Michaela, Martha Berhane as Freya, Hayet Dabbouss as Hanifa, Tara Jakibowskij as Willow, Lottie Van Vijck as Minnie, Xavier West as Gabe, Luke Christopoulos as Tom, Ellmir Asipi as Hamit, Rhett Shreuder as Jasper, Ellie Carpenter as Herself

Like a Boss

Episode 2
Thu, October 12, 2017
W: Kirsty Fisher
D: Tori Garrett

Despite acquiring experienced new coach Danny, the Mustangs still have a long way to go. The girls run into conflict with Gabe and the boys over sharing the change rooms and are given a sub-standard gravel pitch to play on. And when they get accused of "playing like girls", it's the last straw for Marnie. It's time to prove themselves by beating the boys. So they challenge them to a golden goal game.

Co-starring: Mike McLeish as Sam, Martha Berhane as Freya, Hayet Dabbouss as Hanifa, Tara Jakibowskij as Willow, Lottie Van Vijck as Minnie, Xavier West as Gabe, Luke Christopoulos as Tom, Ellmir Asipi as Hamit, Rhett Shreuder as Jasper, Mitchell Lockhart as Miles, Michael Aung as Irate Spectator Dad

Can't Even

Episode 3
Fri, October 13, 2017
W: Rae Earl
D: Tori Garrett

The Mustangs are looking forward to the first game of the season proper and Liv is apprehensive about her goalkeeping strategy. But Marnie’s got her own problems. Previously used to being the star, she’s increasingly jealous of new hotshot Ruby. And after the players' kits finally arrive, Marnie draws unnecessary attention to her friend’s XXL-sized jersey and Liv gets upset and leaves. Nice one, Marns... not!

Co-starring: Stephen Hall as Kev, Martha Berhane as Freya, Hayet Dabbouss as Hanifa, Tara Jakibowskij as Willow, Lottie Van Vijck as Minnie, Chelsea Ford as Magda, Georgia Kirby as Trinity, Sophie Anderson as Sabrina, Xavier West as Gabe, Luke Christopoulos as Tom, Ellmir Asipi as Hamit, Rhett Shreuder as Jasper, Mitchell Lockhart as Miles

Game Changer

Episode 4
Sat, October 14, 2017
W: Warren Clarke
D: Roger Hodgman

After losing a close and exhausting match, the Mustangs realise they must get fitter if they want to start winning. Marnie tries to work on her fitness at home but is distracted by Lara doing stretches and gymnastic moves outside with Jen. Angry and jealous, she finds Lara's phone and posts an unflattering GIF of her messing up a move. Marnie immediately feels bad but it's too late — Lara's revenge time bomb is definitely ticking…

Co-starring: Stephen Hall as Kev, Mike McLeish as Sam, Martha Berhane as Freya, Hayet Dabbouss as Hanifa, Tara Jakibowskij as Willow, Lottie Van Vijck as Minnie, Chelsea Ford as Magda, Georgia Kirby as Trinity, Jessica Faulkner as Madison, Xavier West as Gabe, Ellmir Asipi as Hamit

Girl Crush

Episode 5
Sun, October 15, 2017
W: Kirsty Fisher
D: Roger Hodgman

Bella is forced to play but when her moment comes, things go horribly wrong and Danny sacks her from the Mustangs. To make matters worse, her dad says he's coming to her next game and bringing the whole family in support. How will she hide the fact that she's no longer on the team?

Anusha visits Bella to try and get to know her a little more. It's clear they are from very different worlds — Anusha is busy with her over scheduled iCalendar, while Bella is quietly immersed in her pile of novels. Bella has been encouraged into soccer by her dad but it's clear that it's not sport she craves, but the connection and the camaraderie of friendship.

Meantime, the connection between Ruby and Marnie is not exactly firing and Liv decides the best way to make them get on is to "accidentally" invite them both to a sleepover. But it seems some friendships can't be forced.

Co-starring: Mike McLeish as Sam, Catherine Glavicic as Alicia, Martha Berhane as Freya, Hayet Dabbouss as Hanifa, Tara Jakibowskij as Willow, Lottie Van Vijck as Minnie, Chelsea Ford as Magda, Georgia Kirby as Trinity, Rhett Shreuder as Jasper, Jonah Accaputo as Fred, Micah Accaputo as Ollie

OTP

Episode 6
Mon, October 16, 2017
W: Michael Miller
D: Corrie Chen

The girls play a mixed futsal match with the boys and hormones are raging. Now that Liv and Hamit, (of the Mustangs boys team) are oficially an item, romance is in the air and Willow lets slip that she thinks Marnie and Gabe are OTP — one true pairing. But Marnie either can't see it or won't admit it. She can't imagine kissing Gabe… can she? Determined to move the budding romance forward, Lara organises a party.

Co-starring: Martha Berhane as Freya, Hayet Dabbouss as Hanifa, Tara Jakubowskij as Willow, Xavier West as Gabe, Luke Christopoulos as Tom, Ellmir Asipi as Hamit, Rhett Shreuder as Jasper, Mitchell Lockhart as Miles

Kick It Like A Girl

Episode 7
Tue, October 17, 2017
W: Michael Miller
D: Roger Hodgman

The Mustangs are on a road trip, heading off to play in a round robin competition. Anusha's bunking in with Bella but she's still upset after getting snubbed at the party when Bella got a kiss. She doesn't think she should have been second banana, especially to someone as socially awkward as Bels. The tournament kicks off with Mustangs vs. Wildcats and that rivalry is as fierce as it ever was. But at the end of Day 1 the Mustangs are in last place on the ladder. Do they need a new captain to pull the team together?

Co-starring: Fiona Choi as Cindy, Christie Whelan as Terry, Natasha Pearson as Michaela, Martha Berhane as Freya, Hayet Dabbouss as Hanifa, Tara Jakubowskij as Willow

Oh Em Gee

Episode 8
Wed, October 18, 2017
W: Rae Earl
D: Corrie Chen

Marnie enlists Danny's help to work out what's so great about the Wildcats. He suggests she needs to 'know her enemy' so Marnie goes spying at the Wildcats clubhouse and is stunned to see their amazing facilities, fantastic change rooms… and Ruby sitting in the clubhouse for a team talk. Marnie's hunch was right — Ruby is defecting to the enemy — so she and Liv organise a nachos night in an attempt to get her to stay. But will guacamole and corn chips be enough to keep their star player onside?

Co-starring: Mike McLeish as Sam, Christie Whelan as Terry, Natasha Pearson as Michaela, Martha Berhane as Freya, Hayet Dabbouss as Hanifa, Tara Jakubowskij as Willow

Flawless

Episode 9
Thu, October 19, 2017
W: Magda Wozniak
D: Corrie Chen

Lara is well and truly infiltrating every aspect of Marnie's life — her bedroom, her home, and now her team — and Marnie is totally over it. Having previously sucked up to Tom the ref when he embarked on a painful bout of mansplaining on the offside rule, Lara dives like a diva and gets awarded a dubious free kick by Tom. Marnie is furious at Lara for staging such a dodgy and calculated move, and her inner frustrations and insecurities bubble to the surface. Doesn't Lara realise that there's more to life than being looked at?

Co-starring: Stephen Hall as Kev, Martha Berhane as Freya, Hayet Dabbouss as Hanifa, Tara Jakubowskij as Willow, Xavier West as Gabe, Luke Christopoulos as Tom, Ellmir Asipi as Hamit, Lottie Van Vijick as Minnie, Chelsea Ford as Magda, Georgia Kirby as Trinity

R U OK?

Episode 10
Fri, October 20, 2017
W: Kirsty Fisher
D: Fiona Banks

Anusha is devastated. She's failed her chemistry test — so maybe it's time she gave up the Mustangs to concentrate on more serious academic work. Bella's desperate to ensure she doesn't lose her friend on the team, so she asks Marnie to let Anusha help with tactics. Maybe if Anusha sees how she's the best at soccer strategy, she won't leave. And now that the Mustangs have made it into the top eight, they need all the help they can get.

Co-starring: Fiona Choi as Cindy, Mike McLeish as Sam, Martha Berhane as Freya, Hayet Dabbouss as Hanifa, Tara Jakubowskij as Willow, Lottie Van Vijick as Minnie, Chelsea Ford as Magda, Georgia Kirby as Trinity

The Feels

Episode 11
Sat, October 21, 2017
W: Kirsty Fisher
D: Fiona Banks

The Mustangs have made it to the final eight, but Marnie's in a slump — Anusha's tactics divided the team, Lara's lecturing her on leadership, Liv is giving her the stink-eye, and even Gabe is sick of being used as a shoulder to cry on when he wants to be so much more. Could life suck any harder? Marnie has to girl up to a hostile team and rally the troops — it's the semis this weekend, so it's time to set differences aside and do some hardcore training — Mustangs style.

Co-starring: Fiona Choi as Cindy, Mike McLeish as Sam, Stephen Hall as Kev, Martha Berhane as Freya, Hayet Dabbouss as Hanifa, Tara Jakubowskij as Willow, Xavier West as Gabe, Ellmir Asipi as Hamit, Lottie Van Vijick as Minnie, Chelsea Ford as Magda, Georgia Kirby as Trinity

Slay

Episode 12
Sun, October 22, 2017
W: Warren Clarke
D: Fiona Banks

You'll never believe it — but the Mustangs have gone and won their semi-final! But celebrations are short-lived when they realise they must face their nemesis in the final — the mighty mighty Wildcats.

In an attempt to get some tips about how to skill up, the Mustangs go and spy on the Wildcats' regime. But their opposition's brutal training drills only serve to intimidate them. The Wildcats are like robots — how can the Mustangs even get close?

At the club presentation night, their confidence is shaken further. While the boys' team is feted and applauded, our girls are miserably sat at a table at the back by the men's toilets, with no one even acknowledging their ground-breaking success this year. With far more sizzling under the surface than just soccer, Gabe and Marnie argue.

When even Liv begins to doubt that they've got what it takes, Marnie has to pull her team together. There is no point trying to be like the Wildcats, or be like the boys. They are the Mustangs and they all bring their own amazing, distinctive skills to this team. Let's go to work, Mustangs!

Next day pitch side and the Mustangs and the Wildcats run on for the final to end all finals. Michaela and Marnie stare each other down and as the whistle blows, Marnie turns to the Wildcats captain — We're not who you think we are.

Co-starring: Fiona Choi as Cindy, Mike McLeish as Sam, Stephen Hall as Kev, Christie Whelan as Terry, Catherine Glavicic as Alicia, Phoenix Raei as Lachy, Natasha Pearson as Michaela, Martha Berhane as Freya, Hayet Dabbouss as Hanifa, Tara Jakubowskij as Willow, Sophie Ashdowne as Summer, Xavier West as Gabe, Luke Christopoulos as Tom, Ellmir Asipi as Hamit, Rhett Shreuder as Jasper, Mitchell Lockhart as Miles, Lottie Van Vijick as Minnie, Chelsea Ford as Magda, Georgia Kirby as Trinity

Mustangs Forever

Episode 13
Mon, October 23, 2017
W: Michael Miller
D: Fiona Banks

The nail biting final is in play and the Mustangs and Wildcats are drawing 2-2. But when tensions rise pitch side — the game is called off and the Wildcats win on league points. But is this the end of the Mustangs story?

Co-starring: Fiona Choi as Cindy, Mike McLeish as Sam, Stephen Hall as Kev, Christie Whelan as Terry, Catherine Glavicic as Alicia, Natasha Pearson as Michaela, Martha Berhane as Freya, Hayet Dabbouss as Hanifa, Tara Jakubowskij as Willow, Sophie Ashdowne as Summer, Xavier West as Gabe, Lottie Van Vijick as Minnie, Chelsea Ford as Magda, Georgia Kirby as Trinity