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AFLW: Haines’ new focus

Talented AFLW twins Chloe and Libby Haines will take plenty from their opening year at the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos, and look to take their games to a new level in 2020.

”We learnt what it is like, and what you need to do to be elite on and off the field,'' 2019 debutant, Chloe told The Advocate.

"You really don't know what that is like until you really do get into it. Only playing the one game, that doesn't really faze me now that I am re-signed, and Libby would be the same, as we know our hard work is paying off, as if they didn't believe in us then they wouldn't re-sign us.”

Drafted with picks 53 and 56 in 2018, the twins are looking to establish their place in North’s senior side.

Looking back on her first appearance against the Bulldogs in Round 3, Chloe reflected on playing in her home state, at the top level.

“I was pretty nervous as I didn't really know what to expect out there, but I felt good once I got out there,” she explained.

“I think I laid a tackle and I could hear the crowd support and my name, and it was really good to hear that.

“It makes me excited for next year and hopefully I can get some more games, and that can be the entree and then we can move on to the main meal.”

Despite missing out on the chance to wear the royal blue and white stripes to this stage, Libby has a bright future ahead.

“After being part of it all I am pretty desperate to get there and be in the team for round one next year,” she said.

“It is that change not only from training hard, but what you do off the field and what you eat and how you are acting in front of other people.

“Straight after last season, we pretty much had every club write to use wanting us to play for them (in the TSLW), but we had our eyes set on ‘Launnie’ (Launceston) from the get go really and we were keen for them.

"We don't really worry about the travel as it is just a really good environment.”