Behind the scenes: 2017 AFL Grand Final

As a die-hard Crows supporter I’ve always maintained the belief that the last thing I would want in footy would be to LOSE a Grand Final. Well… turns out that happened. Almost a year ago to the day. It still stings, particularly after a disappointing 2018 season. But now with a new finals story being written it’s a little bit easier to leave the heartache of the 2017 AFL Grand Final behind. I faced the day in an unique predicament as the lead social media content curator for the AFL at the ground. I was so excited going into the…

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5 minutes with: Recently retired NRL women’s star Allana Ferguson

“To get to the point now where girls know we do play rugby league and it’s out there and our games have gotten a little bit of air time and the game’s growing – that in itself is such a huge accomplishment and such a dream come true.”  Allana Ferguson is a woman on a mission. As a self-confessed ‘footy head’ this passionate 25-year-old is determined to change the National Rugby League’s landscape for the better. Unfortunately since I first spoke to Ferguson in 2017, her role in the game has switched permanently from playmaker to TV presenter after she…

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5 minutes with: 2018 Australian Grand Prix Ambassador Brooke Meredith

“It’s about women as strong, independent and career-driven people, and to be recognised as part of that is honestly so humbling.” Brooke Meredith is a breath of fresh air. The 28-year-old, who is making waves in the health and wellness industry with her magazine A Conscious Collection, has recently been announced as the 2018 Australian Grand Prix Ambassador. As you can tell by Brooke’s wise words, ambition runs deep for the business savvy brunette. Having grown up in the regional town of Albury-Wodonga she moved to Melbourne to build a career in modelling and graphic design. In an effort to…

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2018 Tour Down Under

Take me back to the 2018 Tour Down Under! Holidays seem long gone to me now, even though our week in Adelaide was only a fortnight ago. Now I’m counting down to tonight’s AFL Women’s season opener and AFLX in the not-so distant future! Anyway back to bikes… Jason and I are lucky to share a common interest in cycling and have gone to every Tour Down Under for as long as I can remember. Not only do TDU goers get to see some of the best professional cyclists in the world, but the event also offers spectators the chance…

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5 minutes with: Award winning AFL journalist Sam McClure

It wasn’t that long ago Sam McClure was running errands and buying coffee for on-air talent at a local Melbourne radio station. Fast forward to 2017 and the award-winning journalist got his next break, when he joined 1116 SEN’s weekday breakfast show. Sam has an inherit flair for footy and journalism, his father Geoff McClure was a renowned sports journalist at The Age. Also writing for The Age, he radiates enthusiasm for his craft of storytelling and those aspiring to break into the industry can certainly learn a thing or two from him. It’s hard to believe Sam was only 25-years-old when…

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5 minutes with: TV presenter & sports journalist Erin Molan

Erin Molan is not only a bright and bubbly personality with a stunning smile and wicked sense of humour to match, but a true trailblazer and leader for women in sports journalism. The 36-year-old’s passion and pride for her various media roles, most notably as co-host of The NRL Footy Show, was evident from the moment I started picking her brain on all things career at Rebel’s new Chadstone store launch in 2016. With a significant social media following and presence on our TV screens the Sydney-sider was in Melbourne to host the new Rebel store opening. Now a mum of one to baby daughter…

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Behind the scenes: 2018 AFLX Tournaments

Ah AFLX… the much discussed variation of Australian Rules Football made its long-awaited debut last month in Adelaide. The hybrid game then travelled onto Melbourne before culminating in Sydney in what was a marathon three-day three-tournament series. It was certainly an unusual experience going in completely blind. It’s one thing knowing footy inside out but throw in a rectangular field, silver Sherrins and Zooper goals into the mix and it’s a whole different story. No one really knew what to expect! Call me bias but I like it. It has a place in the pre-season and I can see the…

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2017 Tour Down Under

I love the Tour Down Under, that’s no secret. Having grown up in Adelaide the annual event is simply a part of South Australian culture. World road champion Peter Sagan returned to the race for the first time since 2010. The Slovakian star was a clear crowd favourite along with Aussies Richie Porte (the eventual winner) and Caleb Ewan. Other international names included Esteban Chaves, Robert Gesink, and Sergio Henao. Having been to our fair share of TDU’s Jason and I tend to map out our week as we go along, making sure we make the most of our time at home. This year’s visit took…

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Behind the scenes: 2017 AFL Women’s Competition

Life changing. How else do you describe the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s Competition? Especially for women and girls Australia wide. What once started out as a pipe dream became a long-awaited reality when Carlton and Collingwood took to a packed Princes Park on Friday February 3, 2017. From there the first women’s season continued to smash all expectations, before culminating in a thrilling grand final finish on the Gold Coast. Since then we’ve seen a Best & Fairest crowned and the first women’s State of Origin match. I was closely involved in covering AFLW’s inception through my social media role…

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Behind the scenes: 2016 AFL Grand Final

It was never supposed to happen. They weren’t even meant to make it over their first finals hurdle, let alone win the whole thing. But the Western Bulldogs did. There are so many facets to this football fairytale that it’s hard to know where to begin. I was fortunate to follow the Bulldogs throughout their 2016 AFL Finals journey as I travelled around Australia to provide at-ground coverage on the AFL’s social media channels. The start of September From day dot on a balmy Thursday night in Perth, where they knocked off the fancied West Coast Eagles, right through to the first Saturday in October where so…

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