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Exams, then down to business for Nina

Geelong AFL Women’s draftee Nina Morrison. (AAP Image/Daniel Pockett)

NINA Morrison already has one eye on pre-season after being taken with the first pick in the AFL Women’s National Draft by Geelong.

However, before Morrison sinks her teeth into training, the Geelong Grammar student will return her focus to her upcoming Year 12 exams.

“I’ve obviously got a pretty busy couple of weeks coming up with school, so to get this out of the way I can focus on school for the next couple of weeks and get into footy next year,” Morrison said.

“I’ve got four subjects but five exams because of two maths ones.

“I think I’ll plan to go to uni in Deakin, so keep everything pretty central in Geelong, and looking at doing Exercise and Sports Science I think.”

The level-headed 17-year-old says it’s a “huge honour” to be taken with the first selection, but is also well aware the nature of the women’s draft where players can nominate which region or state they want to play in opened the door for her name being read out to open proceedings,

“It’s a pretty special feeling,” Morrison said.

“But at the same time, I realise with all the different states and regions you can select there were a whole bunch of other girls that were effectively pick one for their regions as well.”


Morrison was one of three Geelong Falcons premiership players the Cats announced they had committed to on Monday.

Teammates Olivia Purcell and Denby Taylor were the other two, with Purcell taken with pick No.14 and Taylor at No.20.

Purcell, 18, is already eyeing off an AFLW debut in Round 1.

“Definitely; I want to do well at pre-season and just play as many games as I can,” she said.

“I just want to get really fit, because I’ll be playing on-ball.

“So, I just want to get super fit and just focus on the stuff I want to improve on from this year and strengthen it for next year.”

For Taylor, she’s just happy to know her footballing fate after enduring a bout of glandular fever.

“It’s pretty phenomenal; I’ve been working pretty hard towards it.

“So, to get my name called out, it’s pretty rewarding.”

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