American Danielle Marshall will get objective with first kick

“You’ve got labored this difficult, you progress internationally, my husband’s solely been right here two-and-a-half weeks; simply all of that coming collectively at this second.

“To get on the sphere and kick a objective with, I feel, my first kick was like … I do not assume you would write the script any higher than that.”

Marshall performed junior soccer and stumbled upon Australian Guidelines whereas attempting to observe English Premier League on ESPN.

She fell in love with the “bizarre” soccer code and joined her native United States AFL crew, the Arizona Hawks.

On Sunday – or Saturday evening within the US – Marshall’s family and friends throughout North America stayed up late to observe her AFLW debut on-line.

Her objective was one among three within the opening 10 minutes because the Bulldogs set the tone for his or her win early.

“The sensation was completely superb attending to run on the market alongside all these ladies you have been coaching with,” Marshall stated.

“That is actually the most effective half.

“You’ve got labored with these women, you have educated with these women, you respect one another, you like one another and to get to play with them and win with them is among the finest emotions.”

Marshall began in assault however was thrust into a unique function by St Kilda legend Nathan Burke – in his first 12 months as coach of the Bulldogs ladies – when teammate Celine Moody sustained an ankle damage.


She relished the chance to mix ahead and ruck duties, ending with seven disposals, six contested possessions and 4 tackles.

“I would all the time needed to play a full-contact sport, so I feel perhaps I simply adore it,” Marshall stated.

“It is simply one thing you thrive on and once you’re as aggressive as I’m, it is one thing you have all the time seemed ahead to.”

Burke was thrilled with Marshall’s contribution, in addition to her willingness and skill to fill quite a lot of roles.

“To have that form of participant in your crew is only a godsend,” Burke stated.


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