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Jasmine’s goal an inspiration for young footy girls

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Collingwood’s young centre half forward recruit Jasmine Garner cemented her place in history when she marked 20 metres out and went back and kicked the first ever goal in an AFLW match in front of a capacity crowd of 24,500 fans.

The 19-year-old who came from the St Kilda Sharks was pick 86 in the AFLW Draft. She has one of the best marks in the women’s game and is a very useful shot on goal.

She started playing footy in the under 9s at Yarraville where she was the only girl in a boys team. She had to stop playing footy for a year when she was in the under 14s because girls were not allowed to play with the boys at that age. She then played on for Braybrook and St Albans before moving to the VWFL Premier Division club St Kilda.

Jasmine was drafted by Melbourne in 2013 as pick 17 to play against the Western Bulldogs in the women’s exhibition matches that were played as curtain-raisers to AFL matches.

It’s been a journey of more than a decade with many challenges along the way, but Jasmine has made it to the highest level of women’s footy and she is one of the most exciting prospects in the game.

By BTS
Big Time Sports Writer

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