Ede ticks off milestone: Dream come true for Magpie veteran

Ann-Marie Ede completes her local footy bucket list reaching 100 games.PICTURE: ANDREW LODIONG

Ann-Marie Ede says today’s milestone game completes her trio of targets playing Australian rules football.

The Central Football Club forward reaches 100 games when she runs out for the women’s senior team today.

“It’s been one of my goals,” Ede said. “I’m a little bit nervous.

“One-hundred games is a big milestone and great achievement so I’m excited too.”

Ede started playing local footy in 2014 after she was invited to join the Magpies.

She said it’s been a thoroughly enjoyable experience that once launched after one moment.

“I was brought up in black and white,” Ede said. “I came out to training and I never looked back.”

Reaching the significant milestone has been on her sporting ‘bucket list’ since she first put on the jumper.

Ede praised the support and knowledge she received from her partner, teammates as well as previous and current coaches that has helped develop her game.

“As the years went on, I got to learn the game more,” she said. “Every coach has made me a better player. Without them, I wouldn’t have known a lot of the game.”

In her eight seasons, Ede has helped the Magpies reach four grand finals that saw her win three premierships.

She is hoping that their undefeated start to the 2022 campaign can lead to similar success.

“Winning a grand final is a unique feeling,” she said. “This year, we are pretty strong so hopefully we can get another one.”

Another premiership glory is right up there with the opportunity Ede has had playing with her daughter Emma.

After an injury-hit last year, the mother-daughter was reunited earlier this season.

“That’s been an amazing experience,” Ede said. “I never thought I would ever get to do that. It’s something that I look forward to all the time.”

The top-of-the-table Magpies take on West at Jubilee Oval today and hope to keep its winning streak in tack.

Ede knows it will be a challenging game but is optimistic about a positive result.

“I would love to get a goal – that would be awesome,” she said. “Anything can happen but I’m pretty confident we can get the win hopefully.”

Her family and friends will be cheering her on in the stands on her special day.

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