Nathalia product Reni Hicks, 19, made her AFLW debut last night, displaying her elite skills at Carlton.
Selected at pick 29 in last year’s draft, the defender needed no time to impress her Blues teammates.
Hicks grabbed the chance to travel to Sydney’s Drummoyne Oval to compete against Greater Western Sydney last night for a memorable debut.
Hicks has been a rising star from a young age, representing Victoria at the youth girls’ National Championships in 2015.
She also took part in the TAC Cup as the 164cm footballer could also push for a midfield spot with a tagging role in future seasons, given her ability to shut down players.
Football is not her only talent. The athlete also has an affinity for netball, having played A-grade Goulburn Valley League games for Shepparton before football commitments took over.
Hicks also boasts state-level rugby among her many sporting feats.
She was selected by the Blues after oozing skill while competing for Diamond Creek in Melbourne, having moved closer to the city for university.
Hicks will line up as a small defender along the half-back line, combining with former Euroa netballers Sarah and Jess Hosking.
Former Mansfield coach Lauren Tesoriero has received a callup into the Collingwood line-up.
The midfielder played five games for the Pies last season and will be looking to make an impact against Fremantle today.
Tesoriero will play in front of the biggest crowd of her career, with almost a full house expected to pack into the new Perth Stadium.
Shepparton product Angela Foley will be hoping her side can turn around its poor performance against Brisbane last week,
Foley has made the trek from her Darwin base to Cranbourne’s Casey Fields for this afternoon’s clash against Melbourne.