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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5 minutes with: TV presenter & AFLW player Abbey Holmes

“I had to pinch myself a few times looking around and going, it’s just amazing because they’re here for us” – Abbey Holmes. To say the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s Competition was been a success would simply be an understatement. The eight-team league exceeded all expectations as it captured the heart and imagination of people of all ages Australia-wide. From their infectious enthusiasm to their dedication and never-say-die attitude, these women are true pioneers for not only females in football but for women in sport. Abbey Holmes grew up in a typical footy-loving household, and like so many girls she pursued…

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Behind the scenes: 2017 AFL season, Round 1-22

So that’s the 2017 AFL season in the bag, and what an epic year it was. From the start of February, with the first ever AFL Women’s Competition, right through to the last Saturday in September – or late October if you’re counting the Trade Period too – this season has been one rollercoaster of a ride I’ll never forget. When you live, breath and work footy that equates to roughly eight straight months anticipating, absorbing and analysing the weekend’s results. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s fair to say now games are done and dusted, Saturdays…

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5 minutes with with: Melbourne AFLW player Cat Phillips

From Ultimate Frisbee to football, Cat Phillips’ pathway to playing in the NAB AFL Women’s Competition has been nothing short of remarkable. The 26-year-old was just one of a number of female athletes who jumped on the code-switching journey with exceptional success. As a six-time Australian Ultimate Frisbee representative Phillips’ pace and endurance was perfectly suited to a career in football. The midfielder regularly impressed at AFLW level as she found a penchant for getting fans on their feet kicking quick-running goals. I caught up with the Melbourne Football Club product in 2017 to learn more about how she found footy, her life outside of the…

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5 minutes with: Collingwood Magpies Netball captain Madi Robinson

I caught up with Australian netballer Madi Robinson at the end of the 2017  Suncorp Netball season. – As the Collingwood Magpies Netball season comes to a close, following a nail biting one-goal loss to the Giants in the Suncorp Super Netball minor semi-final, captain Madi Robinson should be nothing short of proud of her achievements. The 29-year-old joined Australia’s largest sporting club as part of a new look national netball competition at the start of 2017. It was a big move for the former Melbourne Vixen and one into unchartered territory as two AFL clubs, Collingwood and the GWS Giants,…

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2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

A look back at my first Australian Grand Prix experience in 2016. – This year marked my first ever visit to The Formula 1® Rolex Australia Grand Prix. I’ve previously watched on TV but had never had the privilege of seeing the sport live. But boy was I missing out! On Saturday, Jason and I were treated to a day in the Paddock Club which saw us in the thick of all the action above pit lane. We also had the opportunity to take a stroll past all the team garages as the RAAF Jet rumbled overhead. We watched qualifying…

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2016 Tour Down Under

Adelaide’s annual Tour Down Under is without doubt one of my favourite weeks on the calendar. I always love going back home for a visit but this is one occasion in particular that simply can’t be missed. The six-day world tour cycling event brings out the best in my home state with the race reaching iconic regions such as the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. I’ve listed all the important details from our trip as well as included all my best photos from our Adelaide getaway below. Rundle St is one of my favourite streets in Adelaide with a wide…

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