Australian Football League has successfully acclaimed the title of history makers, as they took the lead in providing Women a platform to showcase their skills on a global level. Yes you have heard it right, women have long since proved that they can play sports and excel at it like any other all-men teams. So naturally it created a wave of excitement when AFL announced the name of eight teams that were granted licenses to take part in 2017’s inaugural women’s AFL.
There were 13 teams in total, out of which the following eight have been given a green light to partake in the AFL season weeks before the men’s AFL season starts. Australians are going to be super busy in the month of February and March supporting their favourite clubs and who they think will win this AFL season:
- Brisbane Lions
- Greater Western Sydney
- Western Bulldogs
The players are undoubtedly beyond excited to be a part of recent history even when they are as young as in their teens. These women’s teams will be the first ones to play on a national level. And as if all that is not huge enough, the skilful women players have already started showing their exceptional skills and being named as rising stars of the sports. Let’s have a look at these footy players quickly gaining reputation for being the rising stars.
Ebony Marinoff is nineteen years old and is the midfielder for Adelaide. She was formerly a surf-lifesaver and was named an All Australian in 2016. Marinoff is extremely unfaltering and proved it when the Crows played against Greater Western Sydney, and Marinoff showed a solid front by shutting down opponents and hitting her aims precisely. The crows won the game with 36 points as Marinoff was everywhere on the field. 20 disposals and 6 tackles in the game were all Marinoff’s doing.
This is not the first time Marinoff showed her tenacious skills in the games, she was on no.7 in the national draft and the first selection of the crows.
20 years old, Bailey Hunt has been on the rise of sports stardom with her speed and swiftness that surprises many. Hunt plays the defender for the Bulldogs and was very prominent in shutting down Fremantle at Witten Oval. The Bulldogs won by 32 points, in which Hunt was responsible for 3 tackles, 2 clearances and 9 disposals during the game. With so much power and speed in her, one would think Hunt has been in the game for a long time, yet that is hardly true. She is new to soccer and was drafted at no.60.
She proved her worth in the game and her speed makes her a danger to every opponent that faces her.
The two outshined other players even this early in the series, and are the first one to get nominated for the ASL rising star title.