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AFLW: Haines' amazing journey

Libby and Chloe Haines.

Just like North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos' debutant Chloe Haines, Cripps has long been proud to call Tasmania home.

In 2019, North Media will be profiling some of the club's emerging AFLW stars in our new segment, 'Cripps Fresh Talent'.

Next up, talented dual sportswoman Haines is in the spotlight.

Long before she’d even been exposed to Australian Rules, Chloe Haines was an avid basketballer.

It had been a huge part of her life for eight years, and even to this day, the Tasmanian still loves playing one-on-one against her twin sister, Libby.

So 18 months ago, when the coach of Burnie’s TSL side ran a footy clinic at the twins’ school, a future AFLW career was the furthest thing from Chloe, and Libby’s mind.

Now, the former is making history at the highest level of women’s football in the country, while Libby’s chance is sure to come soon.  

“To be playing now, I wouldn’t of believed it if someone were to have told me,” Chloe revealed, in the latest edition of Cripps Fresh Talent.          

But you could argue a career in professional sport is only fitting; look at the 18-year-old’s hobbies, and inspiration and it’s little wonder she’s made it so far. 

Her love for basketball, a passion for hiking and her pre-game movie choices, classic films ‘Million Dollar Baby’ and ‘Rocky’ ... sport is never far from Chloe's mind.

And then there’s Libby, who like nearly any twin, drives her competitive side.

“We’ve always pushed each other to do more,” Libby told Melbourne newspaper The Age, before they were drafted.

“When we run together, I do seven laps, Chloe’s got to do one more than me.”

That sort of mentality is one so many of the greatest athletes hold dear; “it’s hard to beat a person who never gives up” is a famous saying, from a very famous baseball player, and perhaps it’s that trait that will hold the Haines’ sisters in the greatest stead.

Nevertheless, having only seen her first AFLW game a year ago, Chloe can be forgiven for feeling a little nervous playing in front of thousands of fans, in her home state.

Those movies and a little help from the family sure to make things that little bit easier.

“I think once I get to the rooms and do my warm-up, I’ll get more nervous. But I’ve been spending time with family and I’m really excited to get to run out there.”