AFL star shines at Nationals
THERE'S no doubt this is an exciting time for women interested in AFL.
2017 has marked the first year of the AFL national women's league and the competition has kicked off with a bang, supported by clubs, players, and patrons across the country.
In Dalby, few are more excited than budding footy star Zimmorlei Farquharson.
The Year 9 Dalby Christian College student has just returned from competing in the AFL National Titles in Melbourne, where she was a part of the multicultural female development team, the Medley's.
She was selected tin the team after playing for Queenslandlast year.
"We played two games against the Woomeras team; the first game our team won and I got best on ground, and then in the second round they won and I was actually vice-captain for our team,” she said.
"It's sort of a leadership program; the Woomeras are an indigenous side, and the medleys is a multicultural team which I could take part in because my mum is from PNG (Papua New Guinea).”
"From the Medleys and Woomeras, they'll pick a team to play overseas in America or China around August or September, and we'll find out about that soon.”
Zimmorlei, who has been playing AFL since she was nine, travels to Toowoomba and Brisbane multiple every week for training.
While the sport has been traditionally male dominated, Zimmorlei said she hoped the Women's League would inspire more young girls to play.
"My mum started me in Auskick and I immediately fell in love with the sport; I didn't want to play anything else...it was exciting, and active, and you learn about teamwork on the field,” she said.
"When I started, I was in an all boys team and I was the only girl, then during the years with the Dalby swans I was playing with the boys because there were no girls teams, but as I started getting older there were more opportunities.”
"I enjoy it either way, the girls are the same as guys and it's pretty tough, the intensity of our ability on the field is exactly the same and at the end of the day, girls are the same as boys apart from our appearance, we're the same in how we play.”
"I really want to make the women's league, I've been wanting that since I was young...it's really good, and I think it will influence more girls to get into AFL and try out, even though you might not make the league, it's still a physical and fun activity.”