My first year as a GWS member has been pretty outstanding so far.
I never thought that orange would be a colour I would voluntarily wear, but strangely enough, similar to Sydney Thunder green, I have made it work.
There have been some pretty special moments so far. Picking Heath Shaw and Jacob Hopper as my favourites stands out, as does watching Jeremy Cameron dominate on the field and Stevie J kick what seem to be the impossible goals. Sitting with my new friends in the Cheer Squad and seeing the smiling faces of kids during kick to kick has also been something I have truly enjoyed.
This article was first written for and published by The Roar.
At the end of most weekends, I take a moment to reflect on how lucky I am to live in a country like Australia – a country that loves sport as much as I do.
If you are an AFL player, I imagine that there are certain milestones that will always stick out in your memory when you reflect on your career. A premiership if you are lucky enough to win one. A Brownlow Medal if you are lucky enough to be awarded one. Being presented with your first team guernsey. But up there with the fondest of memories must be the memory of making your AFL debut.
Last week, it was Jacob Hopper’s turn.
This week there was very exciting news coming out of GWS Giants HQ, with the Club announcing that it has officially lodged its bid with the AFL to obtain a licence for the inaugural national women’s league which is set to launch in February 2016. With the AFL keen to give the 8 chosen clubs as much time as possible to organise their teams before launch date, the outcome of the bid should be known by the end of May.
With the GWS Giants the only Sydney club to put in a bid for a licence, I am confident that I will have a women’s team to call my own in 2017.
Last weekend was my first GWS Giants game in Sydney for 2016.
Not only was it my first game for this year, but it was also my first game as an official member of the GWS Giants. Whilst I never thought orange would be a colour I would voluntarily wear, I’m looking forward to rocking the orange this winter and supporting my team throughout the season. I’m even more excited about the talk about a GWS Giants women’s team next year, but a bit more on that later.
Something very special is building in Western Sydney.
Saturday 20th February was one of my favourite days of the year – Fan Day. But not just one Fan Day. This year, I attended both Parramatta Eels Fan Day and GWS Giants Fan Day in one day. You might say I was in fan engagement heaven.
I am a regular fixture at Parramatta Eels Fan Day and have been for several years now. It is a good opportunity to catch up with my friends at the Club, the Club’s fantastic fans and members and to personally welcome new players to the blue and gold. It’s also a great chance to have a new poster signed for my office at work and to have a smiley photo with my favourite players (big thanks to Michael Gordon for his big smile on the day).
On Saturday, Spotless Stadium will open its gates to GWS Giants fans across Sydney, as the Giants face the Hawthorn Hawks in their first Sydney home game of 2016.
I have very fond memories of Spotless Stadium. After becoming a member of the Sydney Thunder during BBL05 and WBBL01, I spent many summer evenings at Spotless Stadium cheering as Andre Russell hit boundary after boundary, watching the rise of Chris Green as a bowler and saying a fond farewell to Mr Cricket as his career ended.