In two weeks time, local girl Jasmyn Hewett will be waiting with bated breath as she listens for her name to be called out in the inaugural 2017 AFL women’s Draft.
Hewett has been tipped for early selection and shouldn’t have to wait too long to discover her fate after her impressive performance at this week’s first ever women’s draft combine.
The 23-year-old had a break-out year after moving to Darwin and putting on a guernsey for the first time.
Playing for St. Marys as a ruck/forward, Hewett booted 36 goals during the 2016-17 season, including six in her first game.
Starting the season very green, her time as an A Grade netballer with the Vikings Netball Club ensured a slick transfer of skills from one code to another.
A notoriously tough defender on the court, the irony of moving into the forward lines is not lost on Hewett.
“I’ve always played goalkeeper or goal defence so it’s pretty funny to now be known as an attacking forward,” she said.
“Having clean hands through taking intercepts and catching the ball obviously helped and I think if I didn't have those skills behind me it would have been more challenging, but football is totally different to any other sport – it’s in a league of its own.”
Hewett’s ability to kick goals from 50 metres out — a rarity in the women’s competition — makes her a stand-out.
“My dad definitely played a role in my love of football,” she said.
“We would go out to the oval to have a kick and generally my brothers would get sick of it after the first 5 to 10 minutes, but I would stick around and make him kick with me for hours – so I can definitely thank dad for my right foot."
Hewett has nominated the Adelaide Crows as her club of choice and hopes to return to her home state of South Australia.
After poling in the top 10 in all six physical tests at the combine, she’s put herself in the perfect position to do so.
“It’s pretty special to say that I was involved in the first ever women's AFL draft combine and I’m really humbled that I could get there, especially as one of only two girls from the Northern Territory,” Hewett said.
“It’s an honour to represent both the Northern Territory and South Australia and I just hope to inspire any girls who want to play the game to do so, and show them that it’s never too late.”