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A lot has changed in just a few years for first-year AFLW forward Roxanne Roux.
The top pick from the WA pool in the 2019 NAB AFL Women’s Draft only turned 18 on Sunday and has already been put to task to bring through the next generation of female footballers.
Roux has taken on a role working with Fremantle’s Community Goals team alongside new AFLW signings from Ireland, Aine Tighe and Kate Flood.
Last Friday, the trio were at Anning Park in South Lake for a Fremantle Dockers Cup carnival that involved 10 girls’ teams from the East Fremantle and South Fremantle districts.
Roux said she was impressed with the standard as they ran each team through a clinic during their bye rounds.
“They’ve all got the skills already, it’s just fine tuning a couple of things, getting the ball drops right and the kicks straight,” Roux said.
“They’ve all got the skills and they’re all really keen to learn too, so it’s exciting to be down here with them.
“It’s a new generation that’s coming through in female footy and it’s exciting that the standards are this high already.”
Roux said that the clinics covered all skill-related aspects of the game.
“What Aine, Kate and myself are doing, we take them through some games and skills for the girls. Teaching them the fundamentals like handballing, kicking and marking,” Roux said.
“We do things like a footy circus, getting your hands on the footy and getting a little bit of touch.
“We do a reaction test, which is all about keeping your feet in the game and protecting yourself, which is a really important part of the game, especially for the girls.
“Then we’ll go into a little bit of handballing, teaching the fundamentals and kicking as well.
“It’s also about getting the girls engaged and excited about footy. It’s a little bit of fun, they get to know us in a Q&A and they can win prizes too.”
Roux said it had been a dream of hers to teach football to others.
“It’s really exciting, as this is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Roux said.
“When I lived up in Dongara, I used to travel to Geraldton as they would host youth girls games.
“When we had a couple of the Melbourne and Western Bulldogs girls from the exhibition games visit, it just was really exciting to have them there, having these superstars that I’ve watched when the games were streamed on Youtube.
“It’s really exciting to be out there, where these girls can watch the AFLW on TV, watch it live and come down and learn form us. I remember that being really exciting for me to be around those girls.”