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Maher inspired by family to play footy

NIECE of Melbourne Demons great Aaron Davey, Tesharna Maher has footy in her blood and seems to be living up to the hype with her pace a real focal point of her game play. Having spent a lot of her younger years playing soccer the switch to footy was a bit unexpected but one she has taken in her stride.

“I’m originally a soccer player and because my mum and her brothers played football so she was like “why don’t you give it a try?” so I gave it a try and now I’m here,” she said.

Although the shape of the ball is different Maher has adopted some skills from her soccer days and applied them to the footy field to have an impact across the ground with her read of the play.

“I think reading the play because in soccer I was a defender so I had to look for the field and so yeah,” she said.

When asked about some of her skills Maher touted her contested ball work as a strength.

“I’d say either ground or contested balls and running and carrying with the ball,” she said.

Maher only picked up a sherrin three to four years ago but has not looked back since constantly looking to improve her footy and become the best player she can.

“I’d like to probably improve my endurance so that I can last through a whole game and probably also like aerial marks,” she said.

Encouraged by her mum to get into footy, Maher labels her mum as one of her biggest supports and inspirations while AFLW star Chelsea Randall is also in the mix given her impact on the footy field and caring nature.

“Well I’ve kind of got two. So the first one is my mum because she was the one who inspired me to play football because she was actually apart of the first AFLW exhibition match. The second one is Chelsea Randall because she’s just courageous and she’s just a lovely person,” she said.

The Central Allies player has been tasked with managing the commitments of both footy and school and has high hopes for the future.

“Well considering I’m still in school I’d love to finish that off first and then regarding football hopefully maybe get drafted,” she said.

Hart-Aluni marking opportunities with both hands

THE move to Darwin was no easy feat for Tayla Hart-Aluni but that did not stop the young footballer from pursuing her dreams. A former netballer, Hart-Aluni decided to try her craft with footy, finding the oblong shaped ball easy to manoeuvre and relishing the freedom to run along the field, chase down players and show off her flare with ball in hand.

“I moved up to Darwin and that’s when I think the girls started making a competition. I started off as a netballer but then moving up to Darwin everyone was playing contact sports all the girls were and I just followed I guess,” she said.

Coming from netball being a non-contact sport Hart-Aluni was not fazed by the physical nature of footy and in fact took elements out of netball and applied them to her footy.

“Obviously netball is a non-contact sport,” Hart-Aluni said. “I think my marking is pretty good because of netball.”

With plenty of development still left in her, Hart-Aluni’s main aim is to improve her work at ground level to ensure she is a constant threat with her aerial skills already pretty well established.

“Definitely my ground ball, I’ve got to get lower to balls on the ground and just pick it up with one,” she said.

Representing her state at the National Championships was a milestone event for the youngster, with Hart-Aluni donning the Central Allies bib and wearing it with nothing but pride.

“It means a lot to my family and myself,” Hart-Aluni said. “I guess changing the cycle because my family they didn’t get the chance like I did and I have now. “So just making them proud and making the most of the opportunities I get.”

In honour of making the most of her opportunities, Hart-Aluni hopes to put her name forward and let the footy do the talking when it comes to draft time, with dreams to play AFLW having already playing for the Northern Territory Thunder in the VFLW.

“Hopefully just bringing my A-game and put my name on the list for the drafting that would be really good,” she said.

Hart-Aluni is crafty in front of goals able to use her speed and nous to get free of her opponent and pile on the pressure making her an exciting prospect for the future.

Fry letting the footy do the talking

CENTRAL Allies player Kimberly Fry first started playing footy at the age of 12 with her love and passion for the sport spurring her into a team and ultimately into possible draft contention. The speedster does not hold back on the footy field burrowing in hard and backing herself in the contest.

“I just always watched footy and one day I just said to dad can I play and I guess I had to kind of persuade him and I started playing with the boys,” she said.

After a little bit of encouragement, Fry found herself on a boys team and went to work plying her trade across the footy field and winning the ball with style. She did not let the overwhelming number of boys get to her, instead embracing the added competition.

“I didn’t really know any different but I think I learnt a lot out of it. I like it a lot better with the girls,” Fry said. “I think the boys is a lot more intense which has helped me transferring between boys to the girls and just skills and stuff were a lot higher but that helped as well.”

She has never been afraid to bring the heat on the field tackling hard and throwing her weight around but her love for the game is more than just the physical nature.

“I just love the people you get to know along the way and the physicality of it,” Fry said.

The Central Allies defender has speed to burn and notes one of her strengths as her ability to go in hard and win the contested ball while she hopes to further enhance her decision making.

“Decision making under pressure because a lot of the time when I get the ball I just kick it away without looking and then it comes back,” Fry said.

It is not easy getting thrown into a new environment filled with a variety of players but Fry enjoys the challenge and takes it all in her stride.

“I think with any team it takes a long time to gel but once we kind of worked out each other’s strengths and weaknesses gelling together was really easy,” she said.

Like any aspiring footballer, Fry’s main aim is to get recognised and picked up to play in the AFLW while her main inspiration was her father who introduced her to the sport.

“Probably my dad because without him I wouldn’t have been playing he was the one that helped me get into it,” she said.

From junior permit to SANFL, Emma Smith has done it all

THE journey for Emma Smith has had no shortage of ups and downs, with the youngster forced to jump through hoops. But that did not deter her from playing the game she loves.

“I love the game and the camaraderie that everyone else has outside thinking that women’s sport in general and in footy is not good enough and that we can show that we actually have a lot of skill to showcase,” Smith said.

The Central Allies player picked up the Sherrin at a young age with her passion starting at Auskick. However, a lack of avenues meant she had to step away from the game.

“I started my journey when I was four playing Auskick and then went through to Under 11s with the boys,” Smith said. “I played that for about two years until I couldn’t play anymore. “I couldn’t get myself a permit to actually play with the boys anymore so then I had about a three year gap.”

With her passion to play AFL unquestionable, Smith searched for alternative ways to play footy by attaining a permit that would let her play with the boys.

“I actually wasn’t allowed to play from – I think it was the age of 12, because I was a girl and girls weren’t allowed to because of the physicality and [it was] just the boys competition,” Smith said. “Girls was just not around which kind of sucked so I just had to roll with it and just continue and pick up the skill when I came back into it.”

But once she re-entered the footy world, Smith progressed with ease credit to her innate skill and footy understanding.

“(I) went through to Under 15s and then my first state carnival was Under 15s as well, and then progressed through to senior level,” Smith said. “Then I got through to SANFL.”

Despite having to take a three year break from the sport due to her ineligibility to play, Smith has not looked out of place with her speed and contested ball on full display throughout each and every match for West Adelaide Bloods in the SANFL.

“It’s really cool, there’s (so) many really good players that you can go up against and learn different things about the game,” she said. “It’s just a whole different contest, there’s different age groups that range from like 17 to maybe 30-plus which is really good, to have an opportunity to play against older girls.”

Her skills acquired in the SANFL paid dividends throughout her time with the Central Allies during the Championships, with Smith reaping the rewards of her hard work and enjoying the opportunity to don the Allies jersey.

“It means a lot and I never thought that I would get to this stage ever and because I have been in the program for about four years now last year I thought that I had a little bit of a good time and it just didn’t really happen. Then this year I finally got the letter and it was just great, it just meant so much because all the hard work leading up to this just finally like actually got there and I felt really proud of myself.”

Smith attributes a lot of her football career to her father, who has been essential in helping her achieve her dreams.

“He’s obviously taught me how to kick, everything about footy from such a young age and just been through every game and every training,” she said. “Been with me from the get-go and just really always been really proud of me.”

Although her ultimate goal is to get drafted and play AFLW in the near future, Smith would not change a thing and has enjoyed every minute of her journey so far.

“A lot of sacrifices but I would never turn back, could never go back on those sacrifices I made,” she said. “Everything happens for a reason and if I’m meant to be it’ll be.”

Journey the key for Carbone

IT is not always about the goal, it is more about the journey and how much you have to work to get there – a mantra that Northern Territory’s Dominique Carbone subscribes to as she strives to make the most of her AFL Women’s career. The talented Under 18s player was co-captain of Northern Territory and a leader at Central Allies in the AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships, and it is easy to see why.

“My goal is to make the AFLW and it’s not always about the goal, it’s more about the journey and how much you have to work to get there and hopefully if I achieve that goal I can look back and see how much I enjoyed the journey to get to where I wanted to be,” Carbone said. For now, she is just enjoying the opportunity she has been given.

“I think the biggest thing with AFL and with women playing AFL I think it’s a really good opportunity for empowerment in youth girls,” she said, “I fell in love with the amazing team environment there is. “Just the way you can go out and express yourself in different ways.”

Originally from basketball, Carbone said it was her friends who initially got her to try out the sport she can now not get enough of.

“Originally I was a basketballer and I had a couple of friends who were playing footy and I thought it was just a really good opportunity for me to come across and transfer some skills and just fell in love with the game,” she said.

With the rapid growth of women’s football across the country, Carbone said the development pathway in the Northern Territory has benefited from the NT Thunder being involved in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition.

“I feel like it really has (benefited), with the help of our new (Thunder Academy) coach Heidi Thompson,” Carbone said. “I feel like there is a bigger pathway for us girls growing up in the Northern Territory with the VFL coming up having those older ladies there being role models for us to look up to and compete against is a really great opportunity for someone like me.”

As a player, Carbone loves the contested side of football, backing herself to go in and win the hardball and try and be “hungry” to win the footy and shovel it out to teammates. While she is still constantly building her awareness of the game and its structures, she is getting more and more adaptable to the rigours of Australian rules football.

It is never easy combining two different states into one and expecting them to gel, though Carbone said the Northern Territory and South Australian representatives made it work incredibly well.

“I think that like us as a team have really grown together really quickly,” she said. “I think we have good morals and we trust and believe in each other and that’s a really good thing that we’ve been trying to build and we’ve been able to get to know each other really quick and built this team really well.”

As an individual, Carbone has pride everytime she pulls on a Central Allies jumper.

“For me it’s really heartwarming (to be included in the squad),” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for me as a young woman to be a role model for other girls who are growing up like me. “I play footy because I love the game and I play for my family and putting on the Central Allies colours and having a jersey that means so much, just being able to go out there and give it my all and hopefully live up to that.”

While Carbone is enjoying the journey and intends to continue to do so, she has always looked up to others in her life both personally and professionally which drives her to succeed.

“I have lots of role models that I look up to in different aspects of people,” Carbone said. “Like my dad is one of the biggest role models I have in my life, with the likes of (Angela) Foley who’s been a big presence for the NT youth women and Chelsea Randall as well. “Just being that someone to look up to with a great personality and just really showing if you have a good work ethic you can make it.”

With the AFL Women’s Draft now two months away, it is a nervous time for any young draft hopeful, but as she knows, Carbone is prepared for whatever path she needs to take on her journey to reach her goal.

Kick-to-kick sets path for All-Australian future

AN All-Australian jumper is a far cry from kicking the ball in the backyard with her father more than a decade ago, but for Madison Newman, the passion for Australian Rules football has never wavered. The rebounding defender was awarded a spot on the interchange bench for her successful national carnival where she averaged 15.3 disposals and 4.0 rebounds – the equal second most rebounds across the week. But her journey to All-Australian started like many others.

“Ever since I was young and I could pick up a footy I was always kicking it with dad out the back of the house because he didn’t have any boys; I was the only girl who wanted to play footy or do any sort of balls sports,” Newman said. “I started footy through Auskick and went into primary school and played Year 2/3 and 4/5s with the boys and then I couldn’t play anymore. “I quit for a few years and did cricket, I did that for about four years in the state team. “When I was about 16, I went into West Adelaide and then started SANFL from there, and it’s sort of just taken off.”

Her experience in the SANFL Women’s competition gave her the boost she needed, becoming an integral part of the West Adelaide line-up, averaging 18.7 disposals, 2.6 marks, 2.1 tackles, 2.7 inside 50s and 5.9 rebounds. She was named Breakthrough Player of the Round in the opening round of the 2019 season and continued that form throughout, named in the back pocket of the 2019 SANFL Women’s Team of the Year. Newman credited the support from senior players at West Adelaide for her development over this year.

“It’s been really good to get feedback from them (AFLW listed players) after the games,” Newman said. “Sarah Perkins was one that stuck with me at the start of the year, shook my hand and said ‘you’ve just got to keep working at it’ and ‘you’ve got a bright future’ so that was really cool to hear from her.”

Her biggest inspiration on her football journey stems back to the one-on-one coaching from the moment she could kick a ball all those years ago.

“My dad (is my biggest inspiration),” Newman said. “He’s taught pretty much everything I know. “He taught me how to kick and catch.”

While her successful carnival and All-Australian jumper was enough to earn her a AFL Women’s Draft Combine invite, Newman said she was trying not too focus too much on what could be the biggest moment of her football journey later in the year. Newman admitted this year’s lead-up to the championships had extra emphasis than the year before.

“Last year wasn’t as stressful as it wasn’t my draft year,” she said. “I’ve just tried to work really hard in the months leading up to this competition and trying to get my body right as best as I can to perform well.”

As for on the field, Newman said she hoped to improve her contested ball-winning ability as well as tackling pressure to give herself a more all-round game with a goal of working more into the midfield in the coming year. In terms of her strengths, Newman backs herself with her run and carry, with a long kick to boot. While the championships are done and dusted, now Newman looks ahead to the AFL Women’s Draft Combine as one of four South Australians nominated. If she does end up landing on an AFL Women’s list, she will not be forgetting all those kicks in the backyard that kick-started her journey.

Straight into state; Madison Bennett’s incredible transition into football

JUST last year, Madison Bennett gave up a promising career in soccer and discovered her passion for Australian Rules football.

She saw a link for the South Australia Under 18 trials and tried out, having never played competitive football before. Not only had she never played competitive football before, but Bennett was not even aware that there was a women’s Australian Rules league. Since she found out, she has discovered a passion for a new sport that does not look like it will die down anytime soon.

“I didn’t realise there was a women’s league at all so as soon as I found out there was a women’s league, I knew footy was my passion and I went straight to it,” Bennett said. “I did love soccer, I played in the state team. “But I don’t know, as soon as I started playing footy, I just found that passion was a lot bigger because I’ve always had a passion for sport and football was a great environment. “It’s an uncommon sport for girls so I think the passion for it is huge and I like that.”

In her first year of playing football, Bennett was successful in making the South Australian and Central Allies Under 18 sides, and played her first football game in one of the most daunting environments imaginable.

“My first ever state game was pretty much my first game,” the 19 year-old said. “It was straight into it with a very wide talent so I’ve come a long way since then. “I knew it was a state team and that had a lot of competition and talent around me so I took that on board and I just did what I could.”

Bennett also plays for South Adelaide in the South Australia National Football League (SANFL) Women’s competition and Christies Beach in the South Australian Women’s Football League (SAWFL). While playing in these leagues, the 19 year-old believed she has improved and benefitted from the experience and advice from other players.

“I feel like playing SANFLW was a good opportunity because it’s that next step higher than local level,” Bennett said. “I really enjoyed playing against the older women and getting a lot of feedback from them and improving. “I think I improved in my kicking, like if you watch my first ever state game from a SANFLW game now, I think there’s a big improvement there so I got to learn off the girls and I’m really fortunate to get the opportunity to do it.”

Before, Bennett represented her state in soccer, having played since she was a teenager. She has been awarded a Player of the Tournament award before at a tournament in Sydney, but now has her sights set on achieving new heights in Australian Rules.

“As an individual, I would love to get drafted,” Bennett said. “Ever since I’ve started playing footy, it has been my goal. “I have looked up to the Adelaide Crows and seeing them and all the other teams, I’ve watched their games and it’d be an amazing feeling to represent one of those teams one day. “I’m not sure when that time will come but hopefully in my coming years, I’ll be able to play for one of those AFLW teams.”

In order to achieve this goal, Bennett has been keeping a close eye on some of the star players of the AFL Women’s competition.

Erin Phillips does stand out really for me,” the 19 year-old said. “Chelsea Randall, even though I don’t play her position, her aggression towards the ball has really driven me to have more aggression to tackle the player and to keep going. “Daisy Pearce, because she’s quite small and I’m really small, I look up to her and go if she can do it, I can do it too.”

Two years of footy enough for Rachelle Martin to blossom

HAILING from the Yorke Peninsula, which is about two hours from Adelaide, Rachelle Martin moved to the City of Churches for university.

Little did she know, she would start playing Australian Rules and begin what has been a successful career so far. Despite being a 19 year-old, Martin was selected to represent the Central Allies in the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. She said she really enjoyed the camaraderie in the side and felt honoured to be selected to represent her state for the first time.

“I didn’t think I would make state because it’s Under 18s and I’m 19 so to be selected, it was a good feeling,” Martin said. “We didn’t spend much time together before the games but especially that second game, I think we tidied a lot of stuff up and we were supporting each other way more so it was really fun even though we lost, it was good to be around the girls.”

The Central Allies combined the best Under 18 South Australian and Northern Territory (NT) talent, and Martin admits that while it was interesting to play with the NT girls, she was able to bond with them straight away.

“A few of the SA girls did NT before so they did the Allies before,” the 19 year-old said. “You could see there was that bond there and it was easier to make friends because you had those connections. “It was interesting but it was good getting to know the girls. “I’ve heard those names before and now getting to see them play was really cool and knowing the academy players.”

In terms of her personal game, Martin believes she improved as the tournament went on, and noted the strengths and weaknesses of her playing style.

“My first game wasn’t the best I thought, but the second game, I thought I did better so it was alright,” she said. “I think my inside game’s not too bad. “I think I need to work on my fitness. “It probably lets me down a bit but it’s something to work on.”

This is not a bad weakness considering Martin did not play competitive football during her childhood.

“I never did footy when I was younger so I did tennis and soccer,” she said. “I (also) did calisthenics, netball, basketball; yeah I did a fair few sports.”

Despite not playing any competitive football, Martin and her sister had to entertain her brother, who was the only boy in the family.

“My brother played footy when he was younger and he’s the only boy so me and my sister were always forced to kick the footy with him whenever he wanted,” she said.

She also tasted Australian Rules at school, but could not play in the Yorke Peninsula at the time.

“We did a few nine-a-side games at school and from there, I just wanted to play footy, so I had to wait until I moved to Adelaide,” Martin said.

Since she has moved to Adelaide, Martin has played in both the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Statewide Super Women’s League for West Adelaide and in the South Australian Women’s Football League (SAWFL) for Fitzroy.

During her time at West Adelaide, the 19 year-old played 10 games and was named in the best in each game. Her side finished fourth on the ladder. In her time at Fitzroy in the SAWFL, Martin played seven games, was named in the best twice and kicked six goals. She admits during this time, she found it hard to balance her studies with her football, but she managed it as best she could.

“I’m doing accounting (at university),” Martin said. “It was pretty difficult with SANFL and state as well. “Having more football, it was hard to balance that but I got through it.”

Now that she has experienced representing her state and playing in two elite state leagues, Martin admits she is thinking about her AFLW prospects.

“I wouldn’t mind AFLW,” she said. “I’m not sure if I get picked up this year. “I think in the future it would be a good opportunity. “I would strive for it.”

Juggling multiple sports no problem for passionate Rachel Dunstan

SOUTH Australia Under 18 representative, Rachel Dunstan has always played netball and basketball. After seeing an online registration link for the Under 18 South Australian football side last year, she thought she would add another sport to her belt. Little did she know that she would discover a love for the sport and face a difficult decision to give away her other sports in pursuit of an AFLW contract.

“I just love lots of different sports,” Dunstan said. “It was hard to quit one so I always just tried to play as much as I could. “Footy was never a thing that I really looked into much. “But then in SA, because they didn’t have many teams or anything, they put out a registration form and it got cut from there.”

Dunstan was fortunate enough to make the final cut for the state side last year in her first ever year of football. Now that she has backed up her performance this year with a spot in the South Australian and Central Allies outfits, the 18 year-old admits that she has found a new belief in herself to progress further with football.

“I’ve got to start thinking about taking it further,” Dunstan said. “I’m looking to get drafted. “This year is obviously my top-age year but I feel like I’ve come in so late so I’ve got so much more to learn. “It would be a bonus if I got drafted this year but I think with a good pre-season behind me, learning more and sticking to one position, I’ll be ready to go for next season.”

But at the moment, Dunstan is content with balancing football, netball and basketball due to her passion for the sports.

“Everyone told me I’m crazy to do both this year with everything going on but I live in a really small community town and just know everyone, my whole family’s there so I just can’t give away that whole day on a Saturday because the boys footy and girls netball are at the same venue every week,” Dunstan said. “I absolutely love it, I just couldn’t give up playing netball yet even though I’m trying to balance them both.”

In the middle of this trifecta of sports is her Year 12 studies. Dunstan admits she doesn’t have much time on her plate, as she describes a typical week.

“So normally a week would be four trainings a week and that’s netball, basketball and footy,” she said. “Then there’s games on a weekend, normally state trainings would be on a Sunday morning then I play netball on Saturdays. “Then club footy is either a Friday night or a Sunday. “I don’t have much time and I really have to make sure I get it (homework) done at school.”

At the moment, Dunstan is busy studying the game of Australian Rules, admitting that she has an analytical side, which she has had since childhood.  

“I just love it (footy) so I would watch most games, all the boys every weekend, and I’m pretty analytic so I know exactly what’s going on,” she said. “ I’m good at just reading the play and identifying things in the game even though I probably couldn’t do it in the game.”

To improve her craft in the game, Dunstan is playing her first year of local football for the South Australian Women’s Football League (SAWFL) Under 18 side, Morphettville Park. Even though it was hard to land at a club, the 18 year-old is glad that she did, as it has given her an opportunity to develop her skills.

“This year was my first SANFL Women’s,” she said. “My zone didn’t have one (a team) so the state talent managers really had to get me at a different club and that was about an hour and a half away from where I live. “It was two trainings a week. “It wasn’t really close but yeah I’m loving playing club this year. “It’s good to just practice things there as well.”

Dunstan says her football skills have been progressing since she was a child, as she explains her love for the local club football environment.

“I’ve just always grown up around a footy at the local footy club and kicking it around,” the Central Allies representative said. “I obviously kicked the footy with all the A Grade boys when I was younger so that just made me love it. “I played state last year and this is my first proper year at a local club so yeah it’s been good but lots of improvement to go.”

As well as appearing for South Australia and the Central Allies in the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, Dunstan has been named in the best for Morphettville Park’s Under 18 side five times in eight games.

Rosenzweig getting closer to achieving childhood dream

SOUTH Australian forward, Katelyn Rosenzweig has always dreamed of pulling on an Adelaide Crows jumper.

Ever since she filled in for her local Under 11 boys side, the 18 year-old has not looked back, and is taking every opportunity she can to achieve every young footballer’s ultimate dream.

“Growing up, I always wanted to play for the Crows,” Rosenzweig said. “It’s so weird that it could be a reality soon.”

She was always determined even as a young Under 11s player, as she describes her initial discovery of the sport.

“I started playing football when I was about nine,” Rosenzweig said. “The reason I started was the Under 11 boys needed a spare player instead of forfeiting for the game and I just jumped in for a week and just haven’t stopped putting the guernsey on week by week since then.”

Not only has she been pulling on the guernsey for many years, the young forward has achieved monumental milestones in it too. Just last month, Rosenzweig was kicking goals for the Central Allies side in the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, and was named in the 48-player All Australian squad for her efforts inside 50. She said she was thrilled to have received the opportunity to represent the dual-state side.

“(I feel) pretty privileged (to get selected for Central Allies) because I know how hard everyone from SA had worked to get into the state team, let alone to come to Central Allies,” the forward said. “I just didn’t take the opportunity for granted. “I’m trying my best up here regardless of injuries or what not.”

Kicking goals is not something the 18 year-old has always being accustomed to, admitting that she spent her junior years at the other end of the ground.

“I’d been playing back line for the last three years and then my coach, Matthew Slade (North Adelaide South Australian National Football League Women’s coach) chucked me down forward for a game and I got a few on the board and he just kept putting me down there for the season,” she said. “I’m pretty happy with the improvement of my game this year compared to previous years.”

This year, Rosenzweig dominated the goal kicking for her SANFL Statewide Super Women’s team, North Adelaide. She kicked 15 goals from 11 games, four majors clear of Greater Western Sydney (GWS) midfielder, Courtney Gum, who finished in second place.  The forward admits that this is a memorable moment for her in her football career.

Rosenzweig has also improved in other areas of her game to complement her goal kicking, but is still set on improving her all-round game in order to pull on that coveted AFLW jumper.

“I’ve been told my marking ability and obviously my kick’s pretty good but definitely need to get fitter and maybe just read the play a bit earlier than I have been lately,” she said.

Playing against bigger bodies is something that Rosenzweig has had experience in, as she moved straight into a senior women’s side after finishing off playing with the boys.

“When I stopped playing, they just brought a team to Angle Vale for girls but I had to play with the senior women and get a permit to play up because I was too young,” she said.

Just last week, Rosenzweig experienced a similar feeling, running out with the NT Thunder in its  Round 12 Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s match against Casey. The 18 year-old got on the board with two goals and also racked up 14 disposals as well as five marks in the historic clash in Alice Springs.

Highly committed to her craft, Rosenzweig travels about an hour and a half from school to football, and only rests on Monday and Fridays. With this commitment instilled on her, Rosenzweig is on the right path to achieving her lifelong dream to play Australian Rules football.