After years of roughing it with the boys, Paige Scott’s transition to female football couldn’t have gone better, with the exuberant 15-year-old claiming a swag of league awards.
Scott claimed the AFL Goldfields Youth Girls under 18s league best and fairest, rising star of the year, was named in the team of the year and has represented Carisbrook into both interleague and at the Western Bulldogs Academy in her very first year of female football.
Starting her sports journey in soccer, Scott went on to play football for several different boys’ teams in the Maryborough Castlemaine District FNL before outgrowing the age threshold and heading out to the Redbacks at the start of this year.
Scott said she was “surprised” she did so well at the league awards, but admits it was one of her most enjoyable seasons on the footy field.
“I was a bit surprised to be honest but it really was one of the best seasons I’ve had, I really enjoyed it,” she said.
Although Scott is currently at the bottom age for under 18s football, she was one of the most experienced female players to don the black and red this season and said the transition to all-female football was “different” but allowed her to step up as a leader.
“It was a bit different, the boys were a lot stronger and I wasn’t sure how I’d go in the girls’ league,” she said.
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