Over the VFLW pre-season, we have had a focus on challenging ourselves and each other. I believe this is crucial for player development, but I also acknowledge that it is difficult for players to be vulnerable and willing to fail.
So, I have been extremely pleased with the way our VFLW team has bought in, showing that they are eager to be the change in this mindset. The leadership group have been driving high standards at training and are willing to challenge each other to get the best out of the group.
The team has been working exceptionally hard on the fundamental skills, along with getting their bodies physically ready for a demanding VFLW season. They’ve been very diligent in completing their strength and conditioning programs, and this is starting to pay dividends out on the track.
The group that will take the field this season had the opportunity to prepare by playing several practice matches against the U18 Academy. These games not only provided an occasion to trial game plans and structures but also allowed our more experienced players to mentor our young talent coming through, which is crucial to the future of our club and game.
I look forward to being part of the development and unveiling of that talent.
But I have been equally impressed with the depth of talent shown right across the NT, including the four Alice Springs products in Michelle Ellis, Jordann Hickey, Sam Hoogeveen-Hill and Ebony Miller who have all lined-up in Round 1 and will again today. There’s also the exciting likes of Janet Baird and Tayla Thorn, who will be sure to turn heads in AFLW circles throughout the 2019 season.
Today we aim to bring all these elements together to showcase our Territory talent on home soil, and on top of it, the girls will be looking for redemption after going down to the Saints last year. The belief is really growing in this group, and I am extremely excited about our first doubleheader at home.
We hope to see you at the game and throughout the season.