My Footy Journey: Ally Nokes
Year 11 student, Ally Nokes is moving up in the football ranks. This year, she’s been playing for East Fremantle in the WAFLW. Here’s what she had to say about her footy journey so far.
I started playing football back in 2013 because after watching my brothers’ games all the time, I fell in love with the game. I began playing when I was just 8 years old and continued to play as the only girl in the team up until Year 7.
Last year I was fortunate to move from my grassroots club of the Attadale Bombers Junior Football Club to East Fremantle to join the colts side. This year I have had the great pleasure of training with the league side, and I was lucky to make my WAFLW league debut in Round 1 this year.
The league competition is made for girls over the age of 18 and as a 16-year-old, I have had the honour of playing seven league games this year. Football has been a passion of mine for eight years now and I hope to always love the game as much as I do now.
In the future I strive to hopefully play AFLW, especially with the Dockers. I know if I want to achieve this it’s going to take plenty of hard work and dedication on my behalf.
As a young girl, I was born into a Freo Dockers family and didn’t have the chance to change. Growing up my favourite player was always Nat Fyfe but now after watching plenty of AFLW, it has to be Kiara Bowers.
My advice for young girls or anyone who wants to play footy is, just give it your best shot and have fun. Footy is a great sport to make new friends and learn some new skills. I have loved my football experience ever since it began!