It all started with kicking a Sherrin down at the park with family, now Alice O’Loughlin is living the dream of playing in the AFL Women's competition.
“For as long as I can remember I’ve been kicking the ball down at the park with my two brothers and my dad,” O’Loughlin told North Media.
“I started playing soccer when I was really young and then the team ended and I picked up footy down at the Q comp … that’s when I was eight years old and I have been there ever since and have loved it ever since.”
While she's always loved footy, O’Loughlin found a new drive with the inception of the AFLW competition.
“It was amazing once the pathway opened up and you really had it there for you,” she said.
“You could make something of your footy and it just made me a lot more keen and excited to get going.”
O’Loughlin said it was a dream come true when her name was read out with pick 22 in the 2020 NAB AFL Women’s Draft.
“It feels amazing, [I’m] just over the moon and couldn’t be happier at North Melbourne and just excited to get going and meet all the girls,” she added.
O’Loughlin said she is hoping to bring excitement, a few more goals and x-factor to the team, with the dream of a premiership in sight.