With just over a week until the Lions AFLW team play their first official match at the Gabba, they have signed one of their most exciting prospects as an other-sport rookie for the 2020 season.
Greta Bodey, a Brisbane-based player, only started playing footy in March this year in Cairns for the Saints whilst she was on placement as a physiotherapist for university. Her skill and aptitude were obvious from her first game, with the 23-year-old possessing strong run and carry as well as kicking ability, due to her soccer background.
On her return to Brisbane she signed with the University of Queensland team where she soon impressed her teammates, many of whom are Brisbane Lions listed players. In her first QAFLW game in May she booted two goals.
“Somehow Craig found out and invited me to Winter Series. I then rocked up to training the next week with the Lions, so it’s been a bit of whirlwind,” she said.
“Very crazy, a bit overwhelming to be honest, but it’s exciting,” she said.
Since then, Bodey has been an integral member of the Lions’ undefeated QW Winter Series team, where she alternates between the midfield and forward line.
Coach Craig Starcevich said Bodey demonstrated natural ability.
“Greta has a great feel for the game, despite her limited experience,” he said.
“She reads the play very well, is strong in the contest, and is already an exceptional kick.
“In addition, her personal traits will make her a valuable team member on and off the field.”
Lions Women’s CEO Breeanna Brock said it has been exciting watching Bodey’s improvement so far.
“Greta shows great instinct for the game and has impressed us with her ability to learn structure and set plays in a pretty short timeframe,” she said.
“We think she will be a great asset to us going forward and we look forward to watching her development.”
Bodey grew up following the Lions and cannot wait for next week’s opportunity to run out onto the Gabba ground as a player.
“I think playing at the Gabba will be unreal. We trained there the other night which was incredible,” she said.
The third and final QW Winter Series will take place on Saturday 13 July at The Gabba at 2pm. Entry is FREE but attendees must register prior to the event here.