Melbourne Women’s AFL star Elise O’Dea has urged our South Metro Stars to take in all the advice they can as they begin their pathway on the road to the elite level with the 2017 Interleague campaign.
Addressing our Girls U/15 Division 1 & 2 and Boys U/13 teams during Monday night’s jumper presentation, the Demons’ vice-captain spoke of her journey to the elite level.
“The great thing about football is not only do you grow as an individual, but you grow as a team,” she said.
“It was a dream come true [to play AFL Women’s]… To get your name read out at the draft and for the team you grew up supporting was awesome.”
“All of a sudden you went from playing on small, crumby little ovals to pristine grounds… access to clubs facilities and resources, o many coaches, physios… you can’t help but take your football to the next level.”
A Demons supporter growing up in the ACT, O’Dea was Melbourne’s first draft-pick in the augural 2017 AFL W competition, their vice-captain and after an average of 20 disposals and five tackles in the seven matches, received All-Australian honours and came third in the club best & fairest.
O’Dea passed on two key learnings for our future stars before presenting the 2017 jumpers to all players.
“Take all the advice you can, even if it’s from someone you don’t like or not think they know what they’re talking about. Listen to every bit of advice you get because over time, that’s what is going to help you develop,” she said.
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“Keep up the skill work. Kick as many footballs as you can. Don’t ever not have a football in your hand. One thing I’ve learned from AFL W is you have to be able to execute your skills under pressure and it’s such a fast game.”