ONCE again a Lamb will become a Lion.
Katie Lamb will this year follow in the footsteps of her father Phil Lamb and don the maroon and gold jumper for Subiaco Football Club.
The City Beach Netball Club captain will make her football debut for the women’s team more than four decades after her legendary dad’s first league game in 1976.
With three girls whose lives revolved around netball, Phil’s legacy at the club where he amassed 227 seniors games and a premiership in 1986 now has a chance to live on through his youngest daughter.
A lifelong Lions supporter, Katie’s focus was always netball until a chance meeting with Lions player Ashlea Renshaw where she learnt that women had been playing football for years and that she could actually live out her “tomboy dream” of playing the historically male-dominated game.
With the women’s jumpers yet to be presented to the players, the Nedlands resident said wearing her dad’s number 16 would make the experience even more special.
“I’m really excited to be able to run out wearing the same colours as my dad,” she said.
“I’ve grown up supporting Subiaco so I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
For Phil, Katie’s decision to put on a pair of football boots was a “surprise” that made him very proud.
“She’s always been one to take on a challenge,” he said.
“She’s very athletic and very good at all the sports she’s been involved with.”
Although an athletic person, Katie said she never thought she’d play football but was excited to take on the challenge albeit terrified.
“The physical side to the game will be a shock to the system coming from a non contact sport,” she said.
“But I am looking forward to it – even though it’s slightly terrifying.
“The level of fitness needed for football is really different to netball but I’m keen on the challenge, and as long as I work hard and stay focussed I should be ok.”
Having to wake up at 4am for work at Nova, Katie knows all too well about challenges and will add to that by continuing to play netball as well as football.
The 27-year-old hailed the talented women and friends supporting her as the driving force behind her facing the challenge head-on.
Katie, who “idolises” her netball and football team mates, said she looked up to athletes like netballer Ash Brazill and footballer Dana Hooker who she’s been watching closely to get some on-field tips.
With the AFLW growing “massively in the last year”, Katie said the coverage had been “amazing” for uncovering talented women.
“Because of that, there’s been a flow-on effect in other women’s sport and we’re discovering huge stars like Sam Kerr,” she said.
“I think other sports have lifted their game because of how well AFLW are doing it at the moment, which has been great for women in sport.”