Ally Anderson is an AFLW W Award winner, two-time Brisbane Lions best and fairest winner and AFLW premiership winner and this Saturday her footballing resume will continue to grow with a match like no other.
When the Lions run out onto RSEA Park on Saturday it will mark the 75th time that Anderson has joined her teammates and suited up for an AFLW match, a feat unmatched by any other before her.
A well-versed story, Anderson’s impact on the Brisbane Lions AFLW program is profound as a foundation Lion.
There are only three other players on the Lions list who still don the Maroon, Blue and Gold, 2021 Grand Final Best on Ground Kate Lutkins, 2022 Grand final best player Shannon Campbell and AFLW captain Bre Koenen.
Both Koenen and Campbell have played their entire football careers with Anderson by their side, a bond which dates back to junior football, playing for Queensland.
“I’ve obviously played with her since the very start,” Koenen said.
“She has come so far and is one of my favourite people to play footy with.
“Her work rate and competitiveness are second to none.”
Fellow foundation Lion, Campbell is an awe of what Anderson has been able to achieve in such a short amount of time.
“She is one of the most humble people you will ever meet and she’s always striving to be the best and puts in a lot of work to get to where she is,” Campbell said.
“I still remember the first couple of years and she was one of the quietest people around the group but she worked really hard to come out of her shell and now she is one of the best people to listen to.
“She’s a fantastic person on and off the field and we are grateful to have her in our team. An OG who I know will continuously grow her game.”