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AFLW: No stopping Ashmore

Karla Zanardo  September 5, 2018 11:15 AM

She's supposed to be taking a well earned break, but Kaitlyn Ashmore simply can't get enough of her new club, North Melbourne.

“I’m actually meant to be chilling out for two weeks but I’m just really pumped to get started and I love coming into the club," she told North Media's In Review.

"Even if I don’t do much, I just love getting around it and feeling like I’m part of the North Melbourne crew.”

The speedy midfielder revealed it's taken time for her to adapt to the rigours of an AFLW season, and all that goes with it.

Managing physical and mental workloads and conditioning all part of the challenge in a relentless football schedule.

“That’s probably one thing that we struggled with, especially coming off the first season,” Ashmore explained. 

“Our bodies aren’t really used to all that load." 

Unlike the AFL, an AFLW players' off-season is typically spent playing in the state leagues. Outside of games and trainings, Ashmore says most have to work full-time. 

It’s a year-long commitment. The AFLW pre-season starts in November and the season kicks off in February, while local competitions run from March to September. 

For Ashmore, this year saw her playing alongside new North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos' team-mates for Melbourne Uni in the VFLW. 

“I thought it was really nice to actually get to know them on and off the field as well as getting around them at the club as well,” Ashmore continued.

“We didn’t go as well as we did last year but it was actually a lot of fun, I came in a little bit late coming back from Brisbane but I slotted in really nicely, they made me feel really welcome and it ended up being a really great season.” 

And she's confident success will come after joining a star-studded line up. 

“It definitely comes down to feeling comfortable, and I definitely feel comfortable around those people, and having them sign on.”