A trio of Broken Hill locals are kicking life goals as their pursuit of sporting aspirations level up.
Teammates and good friends Megan Ryan, Hannah Muscat and Rebecca Deer love every moment of playing for the North Adelaide Roosters Football Club.
The footballers moved to the SA capital last year after being selected for the SAWFL team.
They say their skills have already developed even at such an early stage of season.
“It’s been an awesome experience,” Deer said. “It’s been a step up and I’m learning a lot.
“The number of coaches and their knowledge has improved my game.”
Her teammates shared a similar view and said the new playing environment is more intense.
“The training is a step up from the Broken Hill league,” Ryan said.
“The competition is a whole new ball game…the skill is unreal but it’s a great team to be a part of,” Muscat said.
North Adelaide scouted the girls during a SA country football competition and recruited them for the 2022 season.
Ryan, who was already at the club, was eager to link up with the other Broken Hill exports ahead of the new season that kicked off at the start of the month.
After her initial anxiousness, she quickly settled in with the playing group and was able to assist the other two with their eventual transition.
“Coming in not knowing anybody, I was a bit nervous but the girls were so welcoming,” Ryan said.
Seven weeks of hard work on the training ground in preseason set the tone for what was to come and was an eye-opener for the new recruits.
“It’s been good to take my game to the next level and I want to stay and give it a crack for the next couple of years,” Muscat said.
“It’s good to have different competition instead of the same four teams.”
“Playing with girls that have high fitness and skills makes you want to do better as well,” Deer said.
North Adelaide Roosters recorded a win and a loss heading into round three this weekend.
Due to illness, Ryan and Muscat were not fit for the opening rounds but Deer did feature for the reserves in the first two games.
She said playing at the highest level has always been her main goal and relishes the opportunity thus far.
“I always want to play to the best of my abilities,” Deer said. “When I got this opportunity, I wanted to take it with both hands.
“It’s a lot of fun getting out there with the girls and hopefully getting that win for North Adelaide.”
Eight teams will battle it out for this year’s premiership flag and will be in action for nine more rounds after this weekend’s fixtures.
The Roosters feel they have a good shot of finishing top of the pile once again with the current squad.
“North Adelaide has been one of the best teams,” Muscat said. “Going off this year’s team, it looks like we’ll be near the top.”
For now, the girls are focused on giving their all to help the team perform well in each game.
They said the Broken Hill connection is an added motivation booster that will help them bring the best out of each other.
“We are aware of each other’s capabilities and know where we can get to. We push each other and celebrate each other’s wins,” Deer said.
The trio hopes their efforts can help inspire other young local females who would like to pursue sport to follow their dreams.