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AFLW: Northern exposure

It’s an opportunity that must be grabbed with both hands. 

The chance for some Northern exposure can't be underestimated and Tasmanian State League Women’s (TSLW) player Nicole Bresnahan didn't hesitate to accept an invitation to represent Melbourne University Women’s Football Club (MUWFC) last weekend.

“It was an amazing experience, to be able to come into the side and play for premiership points,” Bresnehan said. 

“The game was quicker than what I was used to [in the TSLW] and the physicality was more intense, but it’s definitely great exposure for myself and hopefully I can bring that back to the TSLW.” 

The Clarence talent fitted in seamlessly, showing composure, clean skills and strength in the contest.  

Her enthusiasm noted by teammates. 

“Playing against Geelong was great exposure to a level of football I am not accustomed to and I feel like I took a lot out of that game,” she said.

From an elite swimming background, the hard-running midfielder fell in love with the game when a friend invited her to training. 

“I’m definitely a runner, I love running. I’m a tough player and love to get in a contest,” Bresnahan said.

The opportunity for Bresnahan to play with MUWFC arose through an agreement between North Melbourne and the TSLW which is designed to provide exposure and opportunities for Tasmanian based players. Under the agreement, TSLW footballers can be selected to play as the 23rd player for  MUWFC.

Bresnehan was the first of four potential players to have the opportunity.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs