Apollo Bay export Alice Caddy’s dream of playing footy is coming true at a club that has shaped some of the trailblazers of the AFL Women’s competition.
The 22-year-old will start her long-awaited football career with powerhouse Darebin Falcons in the club’s Northern Football and Netball League ranks in 2019.
Caddy was a promising golfer as junior, claiming prestigious south-west events including two Vicky Uwland Junior Bracelets.
She said she turned to golf after her opportunities to play football were restricted to the Apollo Bay P-12 College schoolyard as a teen.
But now Melbourne-based Caddy has landed at the Falcons’ doorstep through her cousin Millie and is preparing to embark on her debut season in the sport.
“I grew up in a very footy-obsessed family so I have always loved and followed the game,” she said.
“I played Auskick as a kid but when I reached the age of not being able to play anymore, I turned to golf as girls’ football just wasn’t a thing in the Apollo Bay-Colac area.
“But I would always be playing ‘markers up’ at school and kicking the footy around.
“I’m really excited to be playing as it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I can’t wait for the season to start.”
Darebin has been a juggernaut on the Victorian Women’s Football League since the club’s inception in the 1990s and has already picked up two flags since the VFLW was created alongside the national competition in 2016.
The club has produced players like Daisy Pearce, Darcy Vescio, Mel Hickey, Elise O’Dea, Karen Paxman and Katie Brennan, who have all made their mark in the AFLW.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.