Cuy joins 100 club

Today Paige Cuy will reach a milestone — 100 games playing AFLW.

West Broken Hill Football Club midfielder Paige Cuy will play her 100th game today.

Cuy will join the milestone club after signing on for the women’s competition a decade ago.

“I’m pretty excited,” she said. “It’s been a bit of a wait.

Her journey has been highly enjoyable and the 100 game accomplishment was only a recent goal.

“Over the last couple of years, it’s definitely something that I’ve aimed for,” Cuy said.

“This weekend is going to be pretty special.”

Cuy grew up around the club and fell in love with the game when she was a junior.

Playing Australian rules football from a young age has developed her skill set and built up her character.

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“I’ve been around the footy club my whole life,” Cuy said.

“They’re like a second family to me and it’s in my blood to play footy.”

“It’s more my leadership role that I’ve noticed about myself.

“I have taken a step up over the last couple of years and that’s helped me become a better player.”

The co-captain has relished the opportunity to assist new players gel into the squad and merge into the club set-up.

Cuy said she loves guiding and encouraging her new teammates as part of her leadership role.

“In the women’s league, you tend to find that you get an influx of new girls every season,” she said.

“Trying to get them involved and around the club, encouraging them to feel a part of the team is definitely what I like to do.”

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The Robins women’s team last tasted glory when they claimed the Lightning Cup and premiership double in the 2019 season.

Cuy said she is dedicated to helping steer the club through its current rebuilding phase to return to the summit.

“That was one of my best memories, winning the flag with a lot of my friends in the club that I grew up in,” she said.

“No doubt it would be good to win another premiership but at the moment we are just focusing on this year.”

As the Broken Hill AFLW competition expands, the senior women’s leader is keen to see more young girls take up the sport.

West takes on South at Alma Oval today in the round five fixture. Cuy said getting maximum points would be the icing on the cake.

“It would be awesome to get the win, but, in the end, I’m running out with the girls I love,” she said. “I’m sure we’ll celebrate either way.”

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