Two months ago, I hadn’t kicked a footy in years.
I can’t give you an exact date for when I had last picked up that funny-shaped red ball, but it would be somewhere around the 10-year mark.
Growing up, I was a mad footy fan. I would go to every Dees game with my dad. I loved the crowds, the noise, the chippies and most of all, when it was all over, I loved jumping the barrier for a kick-to-kick on the field.
While my love of deep-fried potato has never faltered, my interest in football did as I grew older. It was in large part because from the age of 12, too many Aussie girls weren’t allowed to play any more and there was no national competition for them to shoot for if they did.
Enter the AFL Women’s league.
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The past six weeks of footy have been HUGE. Tens of thousands of punters have turned out every weekend to watch the next generation of footy legends make their mark on Australia’s favourite game, and countless little girls have been inspired to get involved.
A couple of weeks ago, one of them even taught me how to kick a ball again.
Fremantle Dockers captain Kara Donnellan was kind enough to run me through some basic skills and drills – check out the video above for all the know-how to handball like a pro.