Molly Thomas from Saint Catherine's College is pathing a successful start to her career in the AFL world after being selected in the Combined High Schools NSW U15's State team.
This achievement marks a big first half of 2021 and is remarkable considering the level of talent to beat in southern NSW, where AFL is more prevalent.
The fourteen year old midfielder currently plays in or has played or been selected in six different U15's AFL teams this year alone.
"My schedule is quite jammed packed at the moment, basically every afternoon after school and all weekends, it's training or playing," said the budding sportswoman.
Molly currently plays for the U15's Singleton Roosterettes, the Hunter Country U15's Girls Rep team and the U15's Sydney Swans Girls Academy Team.
She also played for the Hunter Academy U15's Girls AFL team and for the U15's Hunter Combined Catholic Colleges State team in which she further progressed to be selected to play in the Combined Schools U15's Girls State team earlier this year.
"I played for the Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC) NSW team in Aubury earlier this year and we remained undefeated the entire competition," Molly said.
"We had only trained together the evening prior to the one day competition and we gelled really well on game day. We got a few goals on the scoreboard but we had to fight for them which was a bit of competition."
The team went on to win the competition and Molly was selected to play for the Combined All School U15's State team.
"Unfortunately due to COVID, the combined schools national competition was cancelled as it was supposed to be in the Northern Territory but I am still very proud of myself for being selected and will hopefully trial again next year."
Some of Molly's other achievements include her double win in 2019 of the Paul Kelly Cup AFL State Champions and the CCC Touch Football State Champions and more recently winning the U14's Roosterettes premiership last year.
"I would really like to thank Mr Patrick Fitzgerald from St Catherines Catholic College for introducing me to AFL a few years ago."
Molly's next goal for the year is to win another premiership with the Roosterettes team. We wish Molly all the best.