Women’s Rising Star Nominee – Round 10

Women’s Round Ten Rising Star nominee

Name: Olivia Delahenty

Nickname: Liv Dell

Age: 17

Club: Bay and Basin Bombers

Position: Mid Field

Senior Games Played Before 2019: 0

Junior Club:  None

Favourite activity to do outside of football:  Discovering new places, photography and playing different sports

What is one thing that we don’t know about this Rising Star that they are well known for around the club? Olivia is brand new to the sport of AFL playing in our Club’s inaugural women’s team, yet she has taken to AFL with an intense spirit of enthusiasm and passion. She attends every training session focused on improving her skill set while at the same time her cheeky smile and playful attitude creates a fun training environment.

What role do they play for the club both on and off the field? Despite being a Year 12 student studying for her HSC, Olivia still finds time to support her Club and team mates through volunteering and attending organised social team events. Her fun loving attitude, passion and commitment lift the team spirit at both training and on game days.

The night before the game what will they most likely be doing? Chilling with family or friends

Do they have any pre-game superstitions?   I’ve gotta wear my favourite underwear

Reason for nomination this round:  Olivia has played with exceptional skill, integrity and passion in every single game. Her commitment and drive boost the team’s spirits and her gutsy determination means she leads from the front. She is regularly voted Best On Ground and has made the top 3 players in every single game. Simply put she is a star of the future!

Club quote on Nomination:

At first Olivia was just another welcome new player to the game. She came along with some of her school friends seemingly eager to try AFL. They’d done Auskick years ago, heard about Women’s AFL and liked what they saw on TV.

We had heard she was a very good soccer player and after a few training sessions her natural talent was there for all to see. In her first game she went straight to the mids and she hasn’t moved since then. Without us allocating a sweeping role, she made it her own. Olivia has a big motor, booming kick and punishing defence. Many opposition players have been rocked by her solid, but fair tackles and many opposition players coaches have been impressed enough to comment on her after the game. We’ve been able to teach her some skills and positional play but the one thing you can’t coach is that hunger for the ball and the ability to hunt for it.

Moreover, she is a great team mate and a joy to coach. Olivia loves the game and it shows.


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