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AFLW: Emma King’s pressure test

At 187 centimetres tall, Emma King holds a significant height advantage over most players in the AFLW competition.

But it's a different story this week against the GWS Giants. 

The Round 1 MVP will come up against All-Australian ruck, Erin McKinnon, and can't wait for the challenge. 

“I think it’s a great opportunity to test myself against the best competition,” King told North Media.

“She’s a very strong ruck and very strong with her hit-outs, especially when it comes to midfield getting first touch on the ball.

“Over the last two seasons, she’s been very consistent and that’s obviously shown when she got selected as an All-Australian last year.

“I go into the game knowing it’s probably the biggest challenge ahead and I need to prepare accordingly.”

McKinnon, who stands at 189 centimetres, averaged close to 25 hit-outs a game in 2018, almost four more than her nearest opponent. 

“This is a personal challenge that I’ve put ahead for myself,” King explained. 

“With her especially, I see this as a challenge. She’s the reigning All-Australian ruck, it’s something I put on myself.

“In the first season of the competition, she was the strongest opponent I had in the ruck. She’s taller than me and I like that challenge as I don’t really come across that often.

“We faced each other last year and I think we finished pretty equal. I’m expecting a really hard contest all over, especially when it comes down to the wire.”

King, who booted two goals against Carlton, is loving her time at Arden Street, 

“I feel like the club wants the very best out of every player," King said. 

“For me, having that ability to roll forward if necessary helps myself as a player develop but also for the team to be more versatile.

“There’s a real strong positive reinforcement within the team. We’re gelling well on the field and the way we’ve been moving the ball and trust each other coming into one-on-one’s around the ground is nice to see.

“We’re sitting well after Round 1 and go into next weekend expecting to face a strong team.”

The North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos will take on the GWS Giants at Drummoyne Oval, New South Wales on Friday night. The first bounce will be at 7.15pm AEDT. Entry is free. 

The match will be broadcast on Fox Footy.