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Green's Draft family affair

Brianna Green enjoyed her special moment with the people that mean the most to her. Brianna Green enjoyed her special moment with the people that mean the most to her

Brianna Green was nervous in the build up to the inaugural AFL Women’s National Draft on Wednesday.
 
Surrounded by family, and connected to her mum in Illinois in the US via Facetime, Fremantle’s second pick watched as her name was called at the NAB Arena at Docklands in Melbourne.
 
“I’m a little nervous to see what pick I go,” she said before the draft.
 
“But I’m pretty grateful that all my family are here with me to enjoy this moment.”
 
Green’s mum, Julie, who was watching the AFL’s live-stream with her grandparents, said she knew her daughter was a talented athlete from early on.
 
“I knew that she was pretty special from her very first game, when even her coach was surprised by how she performed,” she said.

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“I think, based on that, great things were bound to happen.”
 
Green’s addition to the squad will add a touch of class to a midfield already that boasts marquee signing Kara Donnellan.
 
Head Coach Michelle Cowan, who coached Green at Melbourne in the recent exhibition game, said the 20-year-old was a great inclusion in the side.
 
“I’ve coached Brianna for a number of years and her athletic ability, her football knowledge and her passion for the game will hold us in good stead,” Cowan said.
 
“She is really excited to take her game to the next level and I know she will do well in this competition.”
 
The Curtin University health science student is no stranger to high-level football, having co-captained WA to its first National U18 Youth Girls' AFL Championship win in 2014, as well as being East Fremantle’s 2015 Best and Fairest.

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Green said she was relishing the start of her AFLW career and wanted to make her family proud.
 
“I’m very excited, I just want to get up and running and start training with all the girls,” she said.
 
“(My family) mean a lot to me and they’ve been very involved in my footy career from the very beginning.”
 
Green picked up the game from her cousins and was looking forward to playing under Cowan again.
 
“She’s such an amazing coach and I know she can teach me a lot about footy, not just about footy but being a great person as well,” she said.

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