Student Achievement - Jessica Guy-Toogood Year 10, Geoghegan

Girls’ Footy Star

Since January, Jessica Guy-Toogood (Year 10, Geoghegan House, Tyabb) has been training and playing for the Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC cup. Jessica played all 5 games with them and following the final round was selected as part of the under 16 Vic Country squad. Jessica will train on 12 June at the North Melbourne Footy Club with the rest of the team and on 17 June will play a match at Simmonds Stadium in Geelong as a curtain raiser to the under 18s game (fellow Padua girls Bella Shannon Year 10 and Bridie Kennedy Year 12 are part of the 18s team)

A fantastic achievement Jessica! Maybe we’ll see you play at the MCG one day!

How long have you been playing football?

I started Auskick when I was 7 and have played junior football since I was 9.

What teams have you played for?

I started playing junior football with the boys at Tyabb and Somerville and then once I could no longer play with the boys I went across to Beleura to play in the girls’ league. (I have also played in interleague teams, the Peninsula Stingrays in the V-Line cup last September and now the Dandenong Stingrays and soon Vic Country)

What do you enjoy most about football?

I like the constant challenges it presents. You meet lots of new people and learn so much from your team mates and coaches. I love stepping out on the field and not having to worry about what’s going over the other side of the fence. Football is my outlet and allows me to feel relaxed.

How far do you hope to go with football?

I hope to go as far as I can, hopefully that can be AFLW, but as long as I'm enjoying my football and know I've tried my best I'll be happy with myself. Having the new AFLW competition gives girls like myself a visible pathway into the game, before this league many girls didn't know women could play elite football, now they have a reason to pursue football and become role models to young girls like myself.

       
  Photo credit: © Kadek Thatcher Photography