Aflw_ from frisbee to footy, melbourne demons’ multi-sport stars ready to rock

When it comes to making the leap to the football field in the fledging AFLW league, it’s easy to see how a background in basketball, netball, American football and soccer could help. Softball girls But a history in ultimate frisbee, even one that was distinguished, well, that’s a different story.

What’s even more remarkable for Demons rookie Catherine Phillips is that she has played football for less than a year. Pitch international llp Where many teammates took up football as a junior, only to stop more often than not because of a lack of pathways, Phillips only took up the sport in February last year, breaking her sternum in her first match for Melbourne University.

Having already excelled with sister Michelle in the beep test at last year’s AFL talent search, Phillips would return from injury in July and immediately impress against the best teams with her dash and poise – the same ingredients she showed when she and Michelle claimed the under-23 world championship in frisbee in Italy in 2010.

As the Demons fine-tune preparations for their AFLW season opener, against the Brisbane Lions at Casey Fields on Sunday (5.05pm), Phillips, a mechanical engineer by day, said her background in the high-paced, self-refereed frisbee system had helped her assimilate to the indigenous code.

“It’s kind of like a combination of American football and netball, that you throw it between your team, you can’t move with it and then you score a try at the end. Landscape forms If you are captured in the goal rectangle, then you get a point,” she said.

“The running patterns are really similar (to AFL). Small front garden ideas pictures The way you try and move around the field and create space, I found translates very well between the two. Landscape design app free That has been something that has been quite easy for me to pick up with football.

“Obviously, it’s non-contact so the contact with footy, especially off-the-ball contact when I am not expecting it, that has been something that I have have had to work on over the last couple of months. Minor league baseball teams map But I am definitely becoming comfortable with it now.”

Adelaide’s Erin Phillips (basketball) and Jasmine Anderson (soccer), Western Bulldogs’ Libby Birch (netball), Collingwood’s Kate Sheahan (tennis) and Helen Roden (basketball), Brisbane’s Delissa Kimmince (cricket) and Kate Deegan (soccer), Greater Western Sydney’s Ellie Brush (soccer) and Jessica Bibby (basketball), Fremantle’s Kirby Bentley (netball) and Kim Mickle (javelin) all have an elite background in another sport.

Carlton has Nat Exon (soccer, athletics) and Kate Shierlaw (basketball, javelin), and it wasn’t lost on AFL game development chief Simon Leathlen on Saturday how good midfielder Brianna Davey, the former Maltidas national soccer goalkeeper, was in the Blues’ stunning win over Collingwood on Friday night.

The Demons also have Richelle “Rocky” Cranston, with an American football background, Harriett Cordner, who is the granddaughter of 1946 Brownlow medallist Don Cordner and played years of high-level soccer, while Aliesha Newman, who excelled in athletics and soccer, will also have an impact.

“She is so fast, a really good outside player. Facebook search friends posts All the girls that have come across – we have Harriett and Aliesha that have come from soccer – they bring different aspects and different ways to look at the game. Fantasy football top 300 ppr Cat, she is so good on the outside, as soon she gets a run on, we are out.”

Where the younger Phillips, named in a back pocket, will provide run and carry, Cranston will add the toughness, boasting a strong pedigree in football and gridiron.

She is the reigning two-time most valuable player in the women’s Gridiron Victoria competition, and will rejoin the new season set to start on February 18 with her home club Geelong Buccaneers – chasing a three-peat of Vic Bowl titles – when the AFLW season is completed.

“I have always loved it. Facebook login sign When one of my friends from AFL footy, from North Geelong actually, she said to just come down and try it and I have been there ever since.”

As a strong running back, Cranston is used to taking hits in a role accepting hand-offs from the quarterback for a rushing play. Arizona softball coach However, and it only seems fair, she doesn’t mind also dishing out physical punishment.

“That was my like my first training seven years ago and it stuck. Brick veneer details That was footy – but it has stuck everywhere. Tackle football leagues near me I don’t get called Richelle often,” Cranston says.

Her three years playing American football have also improved her athleticism, allowing her to be used in the midfield, up forward and even in the ruck in the AFLW.

“My stepping and my tackling has got way better at AFL level because at gridiron, it is such a focus. Facebook search peoples likes They really focus on tackling. Outdoor voices careers It’s one of the most important parts of the game whereas footy, it’s still important but kicking, your skills probably come before tackling. Pitching probables But it’s definitely helped me out in that regard.”

“I don’t mind tackling, I have three brothers and Michelle is pretty rough, so growing up we have done a bit of tackling and wrestling, but Rocky, I wouldn’t want her to be running at me full pelt,” she says.

While their pedigree differs, what Phillips and Cranston do share is a love of football, a willingness to make AFLW a success, and a desire for the Demons to celebrate a flag. Dig irrigation There’s also a touch of nervousness.

“I am pretty excited about it. Baseball diamond dimensions Back in November when we turned up to training, I thought I can’t wait until we get to playing games rather than just training all the time. Usssa softball rankings Now I am like I wouldn’t mind going back and training a bit more – but it’s really exciting,” Phillips said.