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Perseverance pays off for Maguire

Geelong AFL draftee Madisen Maguire. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

WHEN Madisen Maguire was called into a meeting at GMHBA Stadium in early September, she thought it was just for a casual chat with VFLW coach Natalie Wood.

However, when she arrived, the 23-year-old who was drafted with the Cats’ final selection in Tuesday’s AFLW draft, found coach Paul Hood and list manager Ben Waller also waiting for her.

“I rocked up, and Hoody and Ben were there as well, and we sat down and talked about my day and work and uni and what my year looked like,” Maguire recalled.

“Hoody asked if I would have time to play AFLW, and it went from there.

“I think I spent the rest of the interview saying thank you because I didn’t really know what to say, it was amazing.”

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Maguire, who finished equal fourth in Geelong’s VFL best-and-fairest, was unable to put her name forward for a spot on the Cats’ inaugural AFLW list after suffering a broken hand at local level in 2018.

“I have had my ups and downs,” she said. “But I think that has helped me to work hard and keep pursuing what I want to do.

“And I think the hard work has finally paid off, so I am really excited for the next step.”

On her return to the Cats this year, Maguire embraced a move to the forward line

“It was different, and I really enjoyed the challenge,” she said.

“I think I was put in there for a bit of a defensive role, and I guess I must have played it all right because they kept me in there and kicked a couple, which was nice.”

Maguire, who had Grovedale as her home club this year, but had previously played with North Geelong, hopes her journey can be an inspiration to others at AFL Barwon level.

“I would say don’t give up and keep going,” she said.

“It might be hard at times, and (I)  found it challenging and hit a few road bumps.

“But you just use it as motivation, and if you believe enough, you will get there.”

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