This story was written by and kindly shared by Leesa Hamilton.
Ash Hewson’s enviable sporting CV is matched by her passion for the game and her teammates
Ash Hewson may be rugby’s answer to Ellyse Perry – she’s represented her country in rugby, cricket, soccer, touch and athletics – but she’s not getting complacent about this weekend’s Buildcorp National Women’s XVs Championships.
What a very special day last Thursday was for women’s sport.
First, the AFL announced the teams that were successful in their bids for a licence to have a women’s team in the inaugural women’s competition in 2017. Celebrations then officially began at the Fremantle Dockers, the Melbourne Demons, Carlton Football Club, the GWS Giants, the Western Bulldogs, the Adelaide Crows, the Brisbane Lions and Collingwood Football Club who will now begin preparations in earnest for first bounce in February. It has never been a more exciting time to be a girl or a woman dreaming about AFL.
It has been many years since the Wallabies have been able to capture the hearts and imagination of the Australian public in such a way. In fact, I can’t really remember the last time I saw the country rally around our men in green and gold in such a powerful way. What’s the reason? Is it Michael Cheika? Our coach who wears a hoodie under his suit? Is it David Pocock – his performance last weekend was simply superb? Or has it simply been the courage, desperation and commitment that the team have shown during their time in Twickenham? Or is it just that Aussies love their sport and have a real sense of pride whenever one of our national teams dominates on the world stage? Whatever the reason – it’s been tremendous.