Congratulations to Shark Jade De Melo on being selected to play her debut for the Dockers tomorrow (Saturday 3rd March). Jade made the switch from soccer at the beginning of 2017 after seeing AFLW on tv.
She had an outstanding season with the Sharks, winning the Rookie of the Year award and kicking 18 goals in 12 matches. She also earned selection for the WAWFL All Stars side.
Jade’s footy journey to AFLW has been a lot shorter than most and she said she was surprised and excited when she learned of her selection in the side on Thursday.
“It still hasn’t sunk in; I’m still pinching myself about being drafted so I can’t believe I’m actually playing.”
“I didn’t know that women’s footy existed until I saw it on TV last year and my first thought was; I want to play that! I’m really grateful to both the Sharks and the Dockers for giving me the opportunities I’ve had, I can’t wait to get out there tomorrow.”
If you’re inspired by Jade’s story and want to give footy a go, register now for the Sharks Talent Search on March 11th