Emily Nicholson’s football career has taken her from the Murray Felines to the Murray Bushrangers.
Emily joined the inaugural Murray Felines team in 2016.
In this same year, she was selected in the V/Line North East Border Bushrangers Under 16 team which won the Under 16 series.
Despite being injured for a considerable part of the 2017 season, Emily was reselected into the same team and was made Vice Captain.
Emily played well in the 2017 V/Line Series and was subsequently invited into the Murray Bushrangers Under 18 squad.
This has meant that Emily has trained with the Bushrangers squad all summer with a short break for Christmas. Hard work and persistence has paid off for Emily and she made the final Murray Bushrangers Under 18 team for the TAC Cup.
Emily played in the recent round one fixture where the Murray Bushrangers defeated last year’s premiers, the Calder Cannons, 73 points to 27.
Emily says that she has enjoyed her football so far and is excited by the challenges and pathways that have opened up for her.
She says that it is quite unbelievable that she is now playing for the Murray Bushrangers when it does not seem too long ago she was running out as a fairly junior footballer for the Murray Felines.
Emily is highly encouraging of any female who is thinking of playing football to give it a go.
She says that it is a great team game and it is really enjoyable playing alongside her team mates.
She is highly commending of the coaching staff at the Felines from day one.
“They are fantastic and are very inclusive of all players,” Emily said.
“They have a real emphasis on having fun, skill development and learning to understand the game.”
This year the Murray Felines are fielding an Under 16 team and an Open (Over 16) team.
Training is on each Wednesday at Barkly Park at Rutherglen.
Emily says that even though the home base for the Felines is now at Rutherglen, the team represents the whole district and has players from as far afield as Daysdale through to Beechworth playing for the team.
Emily says that due to the expansion of two teams, there are still plenty of spots for females to come down and get a game with the Felines.
“Like me, there are also opportunities for representative football that you will never have dreamt of,” she said.
The Murray Felines play their first game on Sunday, April 8 and can be followed on Facebook.