With the women’s AFL now on our television screens local women’s footballer Brooklyn George is more determined than ever to reach her peak in the sport.
George has been developing her game during the school holidays after she was invited to attend the under 18 academy with the chance of making the state under 18 team.
She attended three sessions in Adelaide and is now looking toward the tryouts held on the last two weekends of February.
George said she was “a little bit nervous” about the tryouts but felt her skills had developed since last season.
The Port Lincoln footballer has already represented South Australia, playing in the under 15 team at the School Sport Australia Girls 15 Years and Under Championship last July.
She has also developed her skills with the Norwood Women’s Football Club, who invited her to train with them whenever she was in Adelaide.
George said it had been very worthwhile.
“It’s some of the best trainings I’ve ever been to,” she said.
George has also helped a new generation of female footballers by helping to run an Adelaide Crows football clinic in January as part of the state under 15 team.
The clinic involved drills run by players from the state under 15 and 18 teams, as well as the under 15 Diversity and All Nations teams.
George said she felt like a role model by helping to run drills for the girls taking part in the clinic.
“It’s great to see so many young girls come up for the future of footy,” she said.
People have now been able to see for themselves what female footballers are capable of with the start of AFLW last weekend.
George said she watched all four first round matches and it had inspired her to push forward to reach her peak.
“It’s so good, so inspiring and shows everyone who didn’t think women can play footy that they can,” she said.
For George her goal now is to make it into the under 18 state team.
George said regardless of the result she would be travelling to Adelaide on a regular basis this year to play in the South Australian Women’s Football League.