Colac Tigers under-13 footballer Charlotte Leersen is making history at the club.
Leersen has become the first ever female football player to pull on the Tigers’ jumper in the club’s rich seven-decade history.
It was an obvious choice to join the Tigers for Leersen, in thinking that it was her best chance to pursue her dream of playing AFLW.
“She’s always wanted to play AFLW, that’s her dream,” Leersen’s mum Megan said.
The young footy tragic opted to join the Tigers as opposed to other female teams because she wanted to test herself as much as she could.
“She wanted to play with the boys because it would be tougher and she would get better skills,” Megan said.
The passionate Cats fan often goes to Geelong’s AFLW games with her mum to see what her dream looks like, also forming a friendship with some of the Cats players
She seeks advice from as many of the players as she can, in particular Kate Darby, Leersen’s main role model.
“Kate’s been really helpful, she’s been keeping in contact with Charlotte to help her out as much as possible,” Megan said.
Darby, a Geelong-listed AFLW player, made Leersen’s decision the join the under-13 team easier, advising the young Tiger to go down the same path as her and play with and against the boys at a junior level to test her skills and overall game at the highest standard possible.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.