Football focus pays off for Grace

Grace Wilkie (16) plays for Claremont in the Roger's Cup and is also part of the WA State 16s squad. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d494078
Grace Wilkie (16) plays for Claremont in the Roger's Cup and is also part of the WA State 16s squad. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d494078

TEENAGER Grace Wilkie had to choose between basketball and football this year and the latter won out.

The 16-year-old Shenton College student is playing for Claremont Football Club in the Roger’s Cup and is in the WA State 16s squad.

She started playing school football in Year 5 and four years later joined the Wembley Junior Football Club and “really enjoyed it”.

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Grace Wilkie plays in the ruck

“I spent two years at Wembley and this year I’m at Claremont,” Wilkie said.

“Footy is such a positive place and everyone is so nice and supportive.

“If I can make it to AFLW that would be awesome.”

At 184cm, it’s no surprise Wilkie plays in the ruck.

She trains with Claremont two days a week, has a gym session and training with the State squad weekly and does one-on-one sessions with former West Coast Eagle Ryan Turnbull, who co-founded the Western Australian Female Football Academy with Chad Morrison.