Australia’s women’s footy competition is back for a second season and will kick off with a highly-anticipated match this Friday.
At the launch of the AFLW season on Tuesday, a crowd gathered to watch the eight team captains walk out on stage in their guernseys.
In a powerful moment, each of the captains welcomed on stage a person who inspires them.
Adelaide captain Erin Phillips brought along her niece, Lennie Bergoin, who with football in her blood from her dad and grandad, Erin hoped she would one day play for the Crows.
Listen: This season comes after 2017, which was a breakout year for women in sport. (Post continues.)
Brisbane’s Emma Zielke brought her nan Joan, explaining, “She’s an incredibly strong – she’s quite nervous as well – and inspiring woman. She’s always been my number one supporter.”