STEVEDORING footballers Brittany Gibson, Nicole Hildebrand and Jessica Wuetschner led the way for the Brisbane Lions in the inaugural AFL Women’s Grand Final.
The Lions were ultimately pipped at the post by the Adelaide Crows 4.11 (35) to 4.5 (29) in a nail-baiting finale played at Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium.
But while ultimate glory may have eluded them this time, the girls nonetheless were part of a team that proved worthy runners up.
Jessica Wuetschner, a former Tasmanian, did her bit, jagging two goals as the Lions fought bravely in front of a large crowd.
Brittany Gibson, who works as a forklift driver, has been nicknamed “the dozer” for her courageous and physical approach to the game.
Nicole Hildebrand, who plays a defender, also had an exciting season.
Before the weekend’s game, DPWA released a statement saying the team “has the full support of everyone at DP World Australia”.
They may not have won the flag, but the girls won the admiration of not just footy fans but all those from within transport and logistics.
From the print edition March 30, 2017