Great-grandma shapes AFL dream

Hannah Bebbington is keen to pursue a future career in women’s AFL. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d407074
Hannah Bebbington is keen to pursue a future career in women’s AFL. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d407074

‘She used to say to me if I ever get really good, it was thanks to her,’ Hannah said.

The 16-year-old recently returned from the state youth girls national championships in Darwin, where the WA under-16 team won the grand final against the previously undefeated Victoria 6.3 (39) to 5.4 (34).

‘When there was 10 seconds left, we had the ball and I knew we were going to win,’ she said.

‘Then the siren went and it was just the best feeling ever.’

WA’s win was the first time any state outside of Victoria had won any of the female football championships.

Hannah is looking towards playing professionally in the women’s AFL.

Head coach Oliver Beath said he was quietly confident with the team he described as ‘a very close-knit group who seemed to genuinely enjoy each other’s company and were prepared to work really hard for each other’.