When she wanted to play Australian Rules football eight years ago, Erin McKinnon couldn’t find a female team anywhere in Sydney.
So, she had the idea to create her own, somehow convincing a few Mosman school mates to field a team.
“Let’s just say there were a few raised eyebrows when I registered to play AFL as a 12-year-old girl,” Erin says.
“In 2012, girls didn’t play club football and it wasn’t really seen as a female sport.
“When we started, none of us knew how to pass or kick a Sherrin, but I soon discovered that I was actually pretty good out there on Middle Head Oval.”
It turned out that the “pretty good” 12-year-old was actually freakishly talented. Fast forward to 2019, and Erin is now considered one of the most dominant players in the AFL Women’s competition, playing for the Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants.
Standing at 189cm, the towering 20-year-old is fiercely competitive as the team’s star Ruck, a physically demanding position involving a high level of body contact, that’s not for the faint hearted.