Football: future bright for Booragoon JFC’s Brittaney Gonsalves


Booragoon Junior Football Club best and fairest Brittaney Gonsalves.
Booragoon Junior Football Club best and fairest Brittaney Gonsalves.

YANGEBUP resident Brittaney Gonsalves was not a football fan before taking it up earlier this year, but it does not appear to be holding her back.

The 14-year-old scooped the Booragoon Junior Football Club’s Under-15s fairest and best award after following friends to the club for season 2016.

It was not the only win for the defender, who was also invited to a number of talent identification days run in the lead up to the new AFL women’s league.

She is too young to be drafted at this stage but said she was enjoying the opportunities.

“I’ve heard about what scouts are looking for, research into opposition players, what food professional players eat and how they prepare for matches,” she said.

Booragoon JFC president Anthony Doig said Brittaney was committed and had developed rapidly.

He said the same could be said for many of the girls in the squad for its inaugural year in the competition.

“All the girls have played other sports so they are able to transfer those skills over to football,” he said.