Smyth Drafted by GWS Giants

Article courtesy of Renee Valentine & Newcastle Herald.

Nelson Bay’s Pippa Smyth will play for GWS Giants in the 2018 AFL Women’s league after being drafted on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old has only been playing the sport for three years but was the stand-out performer at the draft combine in Melbourne on October 3 and 4. 

Smyth was in shock after watching the draft livestream at her Nelson Bay home with a couple of close friends on Wednesday.

She was announced in round seven of the draft as pick No.42 overall and the Giants’ fifth pick of six.

“I had no idea. My nerves this week were literally out of control,” Smyth said.

“This whole week I’ve been so anxious and I’ve been feeling negative, thinking they’re not going to pick me. 

“I was watching it with my best friends and it came up and we couldn’t believe it.”

The personal trainer and fitness fanatic was one of around 200 aspiring players who took part in the Giants testing day last month.

She then earned a surprise call-up as one of just four Giants picks to attend the two-day combine at Etihad Stadium for representatives from all AFLW clubs. 

The combine comprised medical screenings, interviews and fitness testing and the towering ruck excelled in the latter. She recorded top-10 efforts in five of six endurance and agility tests conducted and clocked the fastest 20-metre sprint time of 3.24 seconds. 

“It doesn’t feel real right now,” Smyth said.

“I guess I’ll have to move to Sydney now but I’ll just take it as it comes and wait to hear a bit more and go from there.

“I just want to go and play footy and love it and do my best, that’s all I can do.

“It’s just going to be amazing. The hard work starts now.”

Smyth’s Marlins’ team Lisa Steane earned a train-on sport with the Giants for the inaugural AFLW season this year.


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