AFL Europe Player of the Week
Maria joined the Odense Lionesses in 2015 and with a background in rugby, cattle wrestling and as a floorball goalie, she came to the sport with the strength of bear and the reflexes of a cat. She quickly showed great awareness around the ball and tremendous power both in contest and disposals. Her first game was played less than a month after joining the team and she scored 3 goals on her debut.
A month later she was badly injured and started watching AFL intensely and spent the summer practicing ball handling skills in Copenhagen with the Copenhagen Barracudas. By Euro Cup in October that year, her understanding of the game and leadership qualities earned her the title of captain for both the Odense Lionesses and the Denmark Valkyries. The same year she became top goal scorer in the Womens’ Nordic AFL and for the Danish Valkyries at Euro Cup. Yeah bra!
Odense Lionesses (Odense Australian Football)
What position do you play?
Forward Pocket and Ruck Rover
AFL team you support:
West Coast Eagles
Favourite AFL player:
Josh Kennedy and Matt Priddis
How did you find out about AFL?
There was a tryout day at the club and I was persuaded to give it a go by friends who were playing
How long have you been playing for?
A little more than a year
What is your memory of your first Aussie Rules game?
Had a massive hangover and taking a hard tackle in the first quarter so I had to go out for a couple of minutes, and then kicking three goals when I came back in
Best AFL moment?
Without a doubt, the goal against England in the final of Euros 2015 – go watch the replay on the tube..!
Any other interesting information, quirky stories or interesting things about yourself?
I am in general a very boring person, but I’ve got mad knitting skills and I taught my dog “play dead”.