After her inclusion in last season’s 22Under22 side Tahlia Randall’s 50-game milestone has, to a point, snuck up on AFLW fans all over the competition.
Starting her career with Brisbane, Randall is among the first crop of players the reach a half-century of AFLW games, and will be the first player to do it in Kangaroos colours in this weekend’s qualifying final against Fremantle.
While reaching the 50-game milestone is no small feat, especially given the still relative newness of the competition, Randall says she’s got her eyes on a bigger prize.
“It’s pretty exciting, but on the other hand … some people have never won a premiership, and I’m one of those players,”
“No matter how many games I’ve played there’s that ultimate prize at the end you’d rather get than playing lots of games.
“You take each game as it comes and focus on the task at hand … but it is a nice milestone to achieve.”
After playing most of her 49 career games in defence, Randall made the somewhat unusual shift from the backline to the forward line. Most positional changes for talls tend to move backwards on the ground, not up it.
With her two goals on the weekend taking her to eight for the season, she says she can’t wait to experience a finals environment as a forward.
“Finals footy is always exciting and it brings the best out of everyone … we’re hoping we can go one better than last year, especially playing down at Arden Street,” Randall said.
“[Playing forward] you’re relied on to kick the goals rather than stop them, but I’m embracing that challenge.
“Everyone is aware of their role and we all play that … it’s just making the moments count when they come and just hitting the scoreboard.”
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