Talented sportsperson Paris Crelley took the chance to learn from Greater Western Sydney Giants AFLW players when she headed up to Sydney recently.
It came as a part of being a member of the NSW/ACT Youth Girls AFL side as the players experienced a tour of the GWS facilities and sitting down for a question and answer session with the players before taking in the AFLW pre-season game between the Giants and Brisbane Lions.
Paris said it was great for the girls to see the next step to potentially playing in the national AFLW competition and joining the likes of Jodie Hicks who has come from the Riverina to make the step onto the biggest stage.
“It was really cool just to see where the pathways will lead and the facilities the girls have access to at the higher level,” she said.
“The Q&A was really cool. There were a variety of players with a variety of backgrounds who made the way to the AFLW in different ways, so there was something for everyone.”
After sitting down with some of the members of the Giants, it is clear for Crelley there is much hard work ahead of her if she is to reach her goal of playing in the AFLW.
It was really cool just to see where the pathways will lead and the facilities the girls have access to at the higher levelParis Crelley talking about her trip to Sydney
“You have to work really hard, and you can’t give up if you want to succeed,” he said.
“I will have to practice pretty much all aspects of the game. It’s all about going to the gym and training and really making a lifestyle out of it.
“To play at the highest level against the best from around the country and even some from outside the country and it would be a fantastic experience .”
Heading into the second season of the South West Juniors Youth Girls competition numbers are tracking along well in the under 17s with 18 girls already registered in Griffith while there are still plenty of space available for more girls to become involved in the under 13s.
“It is great to see some many girls wanting to get involved at an early age,” she said.
“It should be really good again this year.”
Anyone looking to take part should contact Griffith Swans president Jeff Harris on 0427 647 987.
The competition will be played on Wednesday night with round one commencing on February 28 with games to be played around the MIA.