Abbey Green has revealed an emotional moment with her mum, just minutes after learning she'd make her debut on Saturday.
North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos' coach Scott Gowans called Green on Thursday to share the news, but it was the next call that perhaps made it all fully sink in.
“I called my mum and she just burst into tears,” Green told The Mercury.
“She had been praying all week that I would be selected.
“I can’t wait to tell my grandma as I haven’t told her yet, but mum was over the moon. She has been wanting this for a long time, so it has been very good.”
Green made the switch from basketball to football four years ago, and has made great progress since being drafted with the Roos' final pick at last year's Draft.
Lining up in the ruck during match-simulation over the pre-season, she showed off her presence in the air and at ground level.
“It is still overwhelming,” Green said.
“It makes your feelings that I am experiencing right now really heightened.
“It is all about the game, I just want to get out there and have a good run and show North they did recruit me for a reason and show Tassie that I deserve to be in the program.”
Green has only been at North since October, but says she couldn't have felt more welcomed.
“The environment is so professional,” the 23-year-old added.
“With North you are really looked after, it is like family.
“They look after your training, your health — everything is monitored so you are at your best but they also look after your mental health as well.
“The coaches look after you, they even send you Christmas cards – what more could you want?”