Lisa Steane seems set for a breakout season in 2021.
Steane moved from the coastal town of Nelson Bay three years ago to pursue her dreams of playing AFLW.
A late-bloomer to the code of Aussie Rules, the 25-year-old has been quick to find her feet and get her opportunity at the top level.
After a year in the GIANTS VFLW program, Steane was drafted to the GIANTS ahead of the 2020 season.
After debuting in round two, Steane went on to play all the remaining games, including the GIANTS’ first ever final.
Reflecting on her first season, the number 20 said it feels like a blur.
“You dream of being drafted and before you know it, the season’s wrapping up,” said Steane.
“From a playing perspective I went into the season like a sponge, taking in everything; feedback, game plan, skill technique, strategy and really just any information I could get to help build my knowledge and my game.
“Everyone wants to make it on the field and I knew how hard it was going to be.
“I set myself realistic goals – to leave every training session better than the last and then that maybe I’d get the chance to play. “
Steane’s hard work paid off and her opportunity came in round two, when the GIANTS took on the Kangaroos in Launceston.
“I will never forget my debut – I was flooded with mixed emotions,” she said.
“Unfortunately, we lost but I’d got to play. Something that had been a dream of mine had come true.
“Each game after that I was faced with new challenges to adapt and improve.
“I absolutely loved being out on the field with the GIANTS team and although the season had a disappointing ending for us, it was still one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”
Steane averaged 10.2 disposals, 5.8 kicks and 4.3 marks from her six games and was named the GIANTS’ 2020 Rising Star following her debut season.
“Although I still have a lot to learn, I am coming into the 2021 season feeling more confident,” she said.
“This season I’m wanting to put more of what I’ve learnt into action, whilst remaining calm and bringing some of my own flare and strengths to the game.
“I’m hoping this year you’ll get to see my speed and ability to get the ball moving quickly on the outside.”
Steane and the GIANTS’ AFLW side will begin their 2021 campaign on Sunday 31st January against the Fremantle Dockers at Fremantle Oval.
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