When a capacity crowd of 24,500 people crammed into Melbourne’s Princes Park on a warm Friday night in February to watch the inaugural AFLW match, many hailed it as the beginning of a new era.
For many women around the country, the moment was the result of years of hard work and perseverance, for others, such as Maryborough’s Lauren Butler, it signalled opportunity.
Butler, a regular face among the MCDFNL women’s football ranks, first heard about the AFLW’s inception a few years back and since then has done everything in her power to make her dream of playing the sport she loves at the highest level a reality.
“I knew about the AFLW a few years back and as soon as I heard about it, I marked it down as a goal,” Butler said.
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