Inaugural GIANTS AFL Women's captain Amanda Farrugia speaks to award-winning journalist and GIANTS recruiter Emma Quayle in the latest episode of 'The Leaders'.
The inspiring captain talks openly about her own self-doubts about her footballing ability and what it was like to be voted the GIANTS' captain ahead of their inaugural AFLW season.
The full-time physical education teacher speaks about how she sought the guidance of Alan McConnell during the first season and how he has influenced her leadership style.
2:30 – How Amanda got involved in playing football
6:40 – Being chosen as the first captain of the GIANTS
8:20 – How her teaching backgrounds helps her as a leader in a sporting environment
11:15 – The early doubts Amanda had about her footballing ability
12:20 – The importance of juggling commitments in the AFLW landscape and driving standards in this environment
15:20 – The role of a leader in helping new teammates to buy-in to the program for the greater good of the group
19:30 – Amanda’s ability to compartmentalise her day to switch off from football and give full attention to her students in the classroom
22:40 – Seeking out her future coach Alan McConnell as someone to bounce things off during the tough early days of the AFLW program
23:30 – The influence Alan McConnell has had on the playing group in the last two years
25:40 – Who she sees as the future of the football club
30:30 – Seeing herself and the club as the underdog
32:00 – How Amanda sees the future of the AFLW program