North Bulldogs captain Jacinta Barraclough is preparing to play her 100th AFL Broken Hill Women’s game today – Saturday – when she leads the side out onto Memorial Oval in a top-of-the-table clash against the Central Magpies from 11.25am.
“I’m definitely looking forward to running out there with the girls this weekend. It’s a big milestone. It’s taken a long time to get there, but I’m pretty keen to celebrate that night at the Blue and White Ball,” Jacinta told the Truth.
Beginning her football career in 2014, Jacinta has stayed loyal to the club, telling us she “wouldn’t play for anyone else,”.
Highlights of her career include captaining the club from the start of the 2022 season, and playing in a couple of Grand Finals over the past seven years.
North has enjoyed a hot start to 2023, starting the season undefeated through the first five rounds. This week, the team meet reigning premiers Central, who North got the wood over in Round 2, winning by 26 points.
“I think we had a really good pre-season to start us off and we’ve got a fair bit of young blood coming through the team, just evening out some of the more older experienced girls and different coaching styles. Obviously we’ve got Rebecca Deer at the helm this year coaching and playing as well and I think the morale within the team is up and at it,” the centre-half back said.
“I think every time we play Central it’s always going to be an interesting contest going up against them. But we never go in expecting not to play our hardest when going up against them or any of the teams in town. It’s the best team on the day.”