Make sure you remember the name Jasmyn Hewett, because chances are you’re going to hear it quite often in the future.
Since moving to Darwin in May 2016 with partner and former West Augusta Captain Richy Hobbs, the 23-year-old Port Augusta expat is dominating the Northern Territory’s Women’s Premier League (NTWPL) 2016/17 season as a ruck/utility for St Mary’s Football Club.
Apart from a kick with dad in the front yard of her Stirling North family home, Hewett had never played football before, but you wouldn’t know it.
She kicked 36 goals this season, including six in her first game, and was awarded the NTWPL Rising Star Award on March 12.
Hewett also finished second in the NTWPL Most Valuable Player award, was the highest goal kicker for St Mary’s and in early March signed with Adelaide Crows Women’s team as a rookie.
She loves playing football because the intensity around the contest is ‘insane’.
“In my first year I thought I’d have no idea what I’m doing but I just thought I’d give it a crack,” Hewett said.
“Being surrounded by girls so passionate about a ‘typically deemed men’s game’ makes me feel like I am part of something new and powerful."Jasmyn Hewett
“I’ve always been around it … football was always an option growing up but not to the extent it was here.
“I knew that I was going to play football the minute I moved up here because I knew that it was available to do so I was ready for that before the season started.”
Hewett earned the nickname ‘Bones’ after telling teammates she has broken nine different bones in her body.
She said the team game of football is akin to being part of a second family because she has ‘girls who are willing to get hurt for one another’.
But that intensity has helped improve her kicking and handball skills, which Hewett said she found to be the most difficult part of the game.
Due to the NTWPL starting in October, Hewett missed out being drafted by an AFL Women’s team, but said her goal is to play for the Adelaide Crows Women’s team.
She already trains with the team, and said it’s inspiring to work with the likes of Co-Captains Erin Phillips and Chelsea Randall.
“Their skills are insane and it’s something I want to emulate,” Hewett said.
“Being surrounded by girls so passionate about a ‘typically deemed men’s game’ makes me feel like I am part of something new and powerful.
“I’d tell girls to go for it and give it a go!”