Sharks girls selected for big match at MCG

Picture: Martin Kennealey d401331
Picture: Martin Kennealey d401331

Their chemistry on the field for the Sharks will continue, after Kirby Bentley (pick 9) Melissa Caulfield (15) and Stephanie Walding (43) were all selected in the Melbourne team to take on the Western Bulldogs on June 29 as part of the AFL’s Women’s Round.

They were amongst 11 WA women selected.

Ms Walding said she was surprised when her name came up.

‘There are so many talented footballers, both in WA and around the country, so I thought I wouldn’t have a chance,’ she said.

‘I was actually listening out for my teammates’ names and was a bit shocked to hear my name announced and I didn’t realise the gravity of it all until afterwards when so many people were talking about it, making me feel extremely honoured to be involved.’

She said it would be great playing alongside her two teammate’s on the big stage and was excited to be a part of history.

‘I have the privilege of playing alongside them most weeks, so to be chosen in the same team as both of them in the draft is fantastic,’ she said.

‘We all want to play to the best of our ability and show everyone just how far women’s football has come.’

WA Football Commission Pathways and Competition director Grant Dorrington said the national draft was a result of a big investment from the WAFC, the AFL and clubs into women’s football over the past 25 years.

The game will be held as the curtain raiser to the AFL Melbourne versus Bulldogs Round 14 match in Melbourne on June 29.