Kate Case from Hammond has been selected to play in the South Australia 15 and under girls AFL team.
The Year 10 student at Orroroo Area School started playing football when she was five years old but then started playing netball when she turned nine, unlacing her boots for several years.
Yet when her school offered the chance to participate in carnivals , she jumped at the chance, and also had tired her kick in the pilot girls league, playing for Crystal Brook Football Club earlier this year.
Kate was unsure about trying out in the first place, but thanks her school Principal Matthew Dignan for encouraging her to take the next step.
“He suggested it to me and my immediate thought was ‘ I am not good enough for state’”.
But with a little bit of encouraging, she went out, gave it her all and managed to make the team.
Kate was absolutely ecstatic to find out that she had been selected in the team, and her family were surprised and very proud of her achievement.
Although Kate lives regionally she says that the lack of opportunities for female football players did not hold her back.
“There is a lot less opportunities for women’s football in the country than there is in the city. This means that I have had nowhere near as much experience as many of the girls in my team”, she said.
The opportunity as described by Kate is ‘amazing’ and she is learning more and more each week she is with the team.
She went into the team hoping to learn more things about the game and become a well-developed round player.
“Since attending many training sessions, I have rocketed past these hopes. I have learnt and am still learning many new things, and I have become a far better player than I was in at the trials.”
Kate would like to thank her principal Matthew Dignan, the Crystal Brook Football Club, her parents and the Orroroo Football Club who have all helped her get to where she is today.
The competition is being held from Saturday July 21 to Saturday July 28.