Athletic onballer, and bushranger vice-captian Lyss Blewonski has been rewarded for her stellar start to the year with selection in the training squad for the first ever VAFA Women’s Rep Team. Who will take on an AFL Goldfields Rep side on the 9th July at North Ballarat.
Blewonksi’s huge leap, long kick and dynamic ball skills made her a standout for selectors, asking her to join 61 other players from 30 other clubs from right across the VAFA-W, the largest women’s football competition in the country.
Speaking to the media shortly after the announcement a delighted Blewonski said of the selection, “It feels really great and quite special knowing that I get to be a part of the inaugural women’s training squad, It’s a huge honour and I am really pleased to get the opportunity to represent the club.”
The achievement is all the more remarkable given that Lyss has never played football before this season “I had always wanted to [play]since I was really young, but unfortunately there was never really much of an opportunity for girls. I filled the void with a few other sports though, and as soon as I heard about the Yarra women’s team I was very excited to get started.”
Her remarkable rise to the top level of VAFA football she puts down to her enjoyment of the sport and the club “It’s a whole new game to me, and I have really loved trying to learn all of the new skills involved. I’ve also loved getting to know all of my team mates and coaches, and I like to try my best and work hard for them.”
Should Lyss be able to make it through to the final 22 she will join club greats James Keem and Ryan Pollard who have donned the big V jumper of the VAFA, but she’s under no illusions of the challenge that lies ahead of her “ I think it will be very tough, there’s a lot of talent across all of the women’s divisions and only 22 make the final team”
“I am really looking forward to getting the opportunity to see and train alongside some of the leagues best players”
The selected women will meet on June 14 for the first time under new coach John Kanis and the final 24 will be selected prior to the July 9 clash after a number of training sessions.