Each week AFL Europe is profiling a European player who is participating in IC17 and finding out a little more about them, how they got into the great game of Aussie Rules and how they feel about the upcoming International Cup.
The Wandsworth Demons, London
What position do you play?
Ruck Rover. I love it as it’s such a busy position.
AFL team you support & who is your favourite AFL player?
I followed the AFLW for its inaugural season and kept a keen eye out for fellow Banshee Laura Corrigan Duryea.
How did you find out about AFL?
It was always a sport that I was aware of but never took much interest in until I came to London. I played gaelic here with an Aussie girl, she organised a compromise rules game and I thought I’d give the real deal a go after that.
How long have you been playing for?
I started with the Wandsworth Demons in January 2016.
What is the highlight of your playing career so far?
In broad terms wearing the green jersey is a big honour, at 26 I thought my ship had sailed in that regard. At a very personal level, getting my first Best on Ground in a club game. It was a goal of mine at the start of the season to play well enough to earn it. I remember thinking when setting that goal it was ambitious.
Who is the toughest player you have played on & why?
We played Canada in The London Footy Carnival in May. Even though Ireland won, it was a good wake up call to the level of physicality to expect in August from the non European teams. That game I was against Alex (no.14) She laid some tough tackles and made her presence known.
Have you played in the International Cup previously?
No, this will be my first International Cup.
Who is the player to watch in your team & why?
Besides the aforementioned Laura Corrigan Duryea, Marie Keating is an influential player. Time seems to slow down when she is in possession and is a joy to play alongside.
Have you visited Australia before & what are you most excited about seeing?
This is will be my first trip to Australia. I’m most excited about seeing former clubmates who have since moved back. The only negative of AFL in London is that teams are so transient.
Any other interesting information, quirky stories or interesting things about yourself?
Peppermint chewing gum makes me sneeze.