HISTORY will be created this Friday night when the first AFL Women’s match at Drummoyne Oval is staged between GWS Giants and Carlton.
Leading the Giants’ charge is inspirational captain Amanda Farrugia who continues to set an example for women pursuing and succeeding in sports that aren’t traditionally female-orientated.
The outstanding 33-year-old utility is backing up as GWS Giants captain for a second season after impressing keen judges in the inaugural Womens AFL competition in 2017.
GWS opened their 2018 campaign with a 45-39 loss to Melbourne last weekend and line up against a Carlton side that edged out Collingwood 22-14.
Amanda, a Physical Education teacher at Our Lady of Mercy College in Parramatta – the school she attended as a student years earlier – is a trump card for the Giants.
She took up AFL in more recent years when looking for a new sport to keep her active and joined the Macquarie University Warriors at North Ryde.
Farrugia won the 2015 Mostyn Medal as the Best & Fairest in the AFL Sydney Women’s competition and backed it up with a second honour in 2017.
She was drafted with pick 64 from the Warriors and named the inaugural co-captain of the GIANTS before being re-appointed for the second season.
Amanda still juggles her GWS commitments with captaining the Warriors.
“We’ve been working really hard over the last couple of months and are so excited the season’s back underway and we’re back home to play in front of our home crowd,” said Amanda.
“We haven’t played at Drummoyne Oval before so it’s exciting to be at a new venue – we know it’s a great location and the ground is in perfect condition.
“I know the girls are really excited to put on a show in front of our fans and it’s definitely a home ground for quite a few of our team who have now moved into the local area.
“Last year my teammates from Macquarie University came along to one of our games at Blacktown dressed up as fridges, a play on my nickname, and were amazing support. I’m sure they’ll all be there again and all of our local girls will have members of their clubs there too. Most of the girls have family coming to the game it should be a really great environment for everyone to sit on the grass and enjoy the new season.
“Seeing the young families that come along is fantastic, especially those that bring along their daughters. That’s who I’m really trying to inspire, they’re the next generation of AFLW players.
“I’ve already seen the impact that the AFL Women’s competition has had on young girls. Some girls at my school have taken up the game which is really brave, they’re going against the grain, trying something new that a lot of their friends haven’t and they’re really enjoying it.”
Entry is FREE with kick-off at 7.05pm.