AFL girls rule
IT may be a traditionally male-dominated sport but high school students Megan Hunt and Emma Aeschilmann are shaping as the future of women’s Aussie rules.
Both talented players have recently represented the Central Queensland Cobras and were picked to play for the Queensland team at the upcoming state titles on the Gold coast.
Boyne Island Tannum Sands (BITS) player, Megan Hunt said it was the
influence of her family that first sparked her interest in the sport. “I started playing in 2000 when I moved to Queensland and I just really love the sport and like to represent AFL for girls and meet new people,” she said.
Hunt, 15, made the state team last year and progressed to the All Australian team which she is hoping to achieve again this year. “Three teams trialled for the state team and a team of 25 girls were picked to represent Queensland,” she said.
“We play against the other states in late September where they will pick players in the All Australian team and ten girls will be accepted into the women’s academy which I really hope to make.”
Training has already commenced in Brisbane and Hunt said the standard of the competition is quite good but Queensland are in with a good chance to win.
“I am more excited then anything,” she said.
“It’s so good because you get to meet heaps of different girls from different states – I’m not nervous at all.”
Local rival and fellow state team member, Emma Aeschilmann will play alongside Hunt this September at the Gold Coast.
“I love playing with Emma, she is amazing,” she said.
Aeschilmann won the 2011 Premiership title with the Gladstone Mudcrabs won last Sunday against Rockhampton Brothers.
She also received League Best and Fairest and is hoping for a good performance at the state titles.
“I love playing AFL – it’s something a bit different and the games are always competitive,” Aeschilmann said.
“I am so excited for the Queensland state champs and the chance to play with Megan especially after CQ as it was such a great experience.”