Seven Hills resident Amanda Farrugia created her own slice of history earlier this week, selected by the GWS Giants at pick 64 in the inaugural AFL women’s draft.
Farrugia said it was “an absolute thrill” to be named in the draft.
“I had it in the back of my mind but it was a very distant goal because there were a lot of short term goals that we were trying to get through,” she said.
“I’m absolutely stoked and can’t wait to meet all the other players and get my teeth sunk into some good pre-season training.”
A PE teacher at Our Lady of Mercy College in Parramatta by day, Farrugia’s extra curricular exploits on the football field have certainly turned heads.
After previously dabbling in touch football and basketball, Farrugia started playing in the Sydney women’s AFL competition in 2011.
Although a knee reconstruction sidelined her for 2012, the Macquarie University Warriors midfielder won the James Medal for best and fairest in the Sydney women’s premier division two in 2013 and the Mostyn Medal for division one best and fairest in 2015.
She finished second in Mostyn Medal count in 2016 behind number one draft pick Nicola Barr.
“You just work hard all season, you try and do the best you can for your club on a weekly basis,” Farrugia said.
“The epitome of winning in football comes down to winning premierships and unfortunately at Macquarie we haven’t been lucky enough to do that every often but it’s nice to get those individual accolades.”
Announced on Wednesday while she was teaching, Farrugia said she had it on in the background.
“When it came time for the GWS picks to be announced I said to the girls that we might take a little break and quickly hear the announcement,” she said.
“There was a lot of screaming and a few other teachers thought that someone was being murdered in the school but it was just my class getting really excited for me and I really appreciate that.
“They’ve been so supportive and asking me every day how things were going and it’s great to see the girls get involved in supporting the game.”