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Nikki’s long bomb goes from Manjimup to Domain

A thumbs up from Nikki Pollard afer her 31.75m kick that won the Year 6 girls Freo Long Bomb.

Nikki Pollard, 12, of Manjimup is used to long distances.

After being driven 300km by her parents to Perth for the Freo’s Footy Skills semi finals, held at Legacy Park at Cockburn ARC, she took out the year six girls Freo Long Bomb competition with a monster 31.75m kick.

The Manjimup Primary student was one of more than 400 school students who took part in 18 separate competitions for the Freo Long Bomb, Freo Fast Ball and Freo Kwick Kick competitions for boys and girls in years 4-6.

With only one year of football under her belt, Pollard’s long bomb win was one of many exciting developments in the week she turned 12.

With her win, Pollard earned a spot to take part in the long bomb grand final, held as a curtain raiser before Freo’s clash with Gold Coast in round 20.

And on Monday, the Deanmill Hawk Football Club player was selected as a part of the inaugural South-West development training squad and will train in Bunbury.

In all, it’s been a huge birthday week for the young Freo fan who has aims to play AFLW one day but is yet to see a game in person.

“I’m very excited. I haven’t been to a Freo game before,” Pollard said.

“My dad and brother have, but I watch it on TV.

“I’m sure I’ll feel nervous with some butterflies playing on Domain but it’ll be really exciting.

“I’ll have to get lots of practice in.”

While Pollard was the year six girls’ champion, she’s used to competing as a part of the mixed team for Deanmill in the Lower South West Football League.

“It’s a good challenge getting to play against the boys,” Pollard said.

“It’s a mixed team with three girls.

“It’s nice as a lot of girls don’t really want to play football and the boys don’t care about playing against us, they’re a lot rougher which is a good challenge.”


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