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“Footy tragic” keen to make her mark

Geelong AFLW draftee Mia Skinner. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

MIA Skinner has set herself the goal of a Round 1 debut after joining Geelong via the AFLW Draft on Tuesday.

The Geelong Falcons product, who was the NAB League’s leading goalkicker in 2019, was selected with pick No.65 by the Cats.

“I definitely want to work as hard as I can to get in the team for game one,” Skinner said. “I just want to make sure that I play my role if I do get selected.

“If that means not necessarily kicking goals but doing other things, then I’m more than happy to play my role.”

Unlike most draftees, Skinner has known her fate for around six weeks after being called into a meeting with Geelong’s AFLW list manager Ben Waller and coach Paul Hood.

“We had a meeting with Ben (Waller) and Paul (Hood) and they told me they’d like me to tick Geelong only because they wanted to draft me,” she said.

“I was a bit taken by surprise, to be honest; I wasn’t really expecting that.

“It’s a good thing, but I was freaking out at the same time.”

A self-described “footy tragic”, the 18-year-old says the culture that comes with being part of a team drew her to the game.

“When someone kicks a goal or something good happens, everyone gets around everyone,” Skinner said.

“It’s an exciting game to watch. There are highs and lows every season, but it’s all part of the game.”

Skinner has been part of the Cats’ SEDA program and admits it has been beneficial for her football development.

“Because school revolves around footy, you’re always kicking a footy and getting that touch,” she said.

“And there’s no stress; I don’t have exams.

“So, I’m not stressing about exams or the draft. I’m pretty relaxed really.”

Skinner was the Cats fourth selection, joining father-daughter pick Millie Brown (No.11), Carlton VFLW best-and-fairest Gemma Wright (34) and Casey Demons’ Nicole Garner (50)

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