Emily Pease made a seamless transition into AFLW in her debut at Whitten Oval on Sunday afternoon.
A tough second quarter meant the GIANTS were too far out of reach in the 52-20 loss to Fremantle, however Pease looked right at home in the number 33 GIANTS jumper.
The 19-year-old demonstrated poise beyond her years, with multiple instances of her trademark balanced run down the wing.
Pease finished with 13 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles. GIANTS midfield coach Lloyd Perris also recognised four defensive efforts by Pease that led to Fremantle turnovers.
Pease was drafted at pick number 29 ahead of the 2021 AFLW season yet didn’t have the chance to pull on a GIANTS jumper that year.
Chatting on the new GIANTS podcast, The Summer Footy Show, during the week, Pease credited a year of training with the squad to her composed mindset on debut.
“Yeah, it really kind of puts things into perspective,” said Pease
“Obviously last year was really tough not playing but you kind of get to the point, like now, and realised just how much it has helped.
“Being able to do all those sessions and learning so much over that year has really put me in good stead for this year, I don't really have to think about it as much, I just know it all second-hand.”
GIANTS captain Alicia Eva had nothing but praise for the debutant.
“Her debut was outstanding,” said Eva.
“She put her head in the hole a couple of times, her help side run was amazing.
“She said she wanted to come into the game bringing her skills which is her run and her beautiful kick. A great debut for her and I'm sure her family and friends are really proud.”
Moving forward, Pease plans to adopt the same mindset of continuing to progress every session.
“There are obviously things to work on after the game. So really try and nail the things I need to improve and just keep going from there,” she said.
“And hopefully get a few more games,” Pease finished with alongside her trademark cheeky smile.
The GIANTS will next take on North Melbourne this Sunday, January 23 at Arden Street Oval.
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