Keeghan Tucker ready to play for GWS spot

BATHURST Bushrangers’ Keeghan Tucker gets her shot at making it to next year’s inaugural Women’s AFL competition when she takes part in Sunday’s combine in Sydney.

Tucker is one of 36 players selected to take part in the Greater Western Sydney combine, where she will put her skills and fitness to the test in a bid to progress to the next level.

OPPORTUNITY: Keeghan Tucker will be fighting for a place in next year's GWS Giants team for the inaugural women's AFL season. Photo: MATT KING - AFL MEDIA 042016tucker

OPPORTUNITY: Keeghan Tucker will be fighting for a place in next year's GWS Giants team for the inaugural women's AFL season. Photo: MATT KING - AFL MEDIA 042016tucker

“We don’t know too many details about the combine but from what I’ve heard it will be similar to what the guys do,” Tucker said.

“There will be fitness and skills tests and they will look at the things you can improve on.

“Unfortunately I’ve been sick over the last week but I’ll go there and see when I can do.”

Regardless of how Tucker performs this weekend she has well and truly proven herself in a year to remember.

The recent Bushrangers premiership winner is no stranger to representative levels having played for her state, and prior to that enjoyed an exhibition game for the Giants against the Sydney Swans.

Tucker and her Lady Bushrangers recently took out the Central West AFL competition but there were more rewards to come.

Last Friday Tucker took home both the CWAFL best and fairest and leading goalscorer awards at the annual presentation night.

Tucker kicked 36 goals for the season, including two of her team’s four majors in their grand final wins over the Orange Tigers.

“I was quite surprised to win that best and fairest award. There are a lot of strong players in the competition,” she said.

“The Bushrangers did very well this year. The club has really got behind our team and given us a lot of support. We had a lot of players come on board this season.

“The interest is definitely going up and a lot of new people are keen to play next year.”

Tucker headlined a list of strong results for Bathurst players at the CWAFL presentation night.

Bushrangers pair Peter Grundy and Bill Watterson finished inside the top three for the senior best and fairest honour, taken out by Dubbo’s Nick O’Sullivan.

Ricky Webb and Michael Long achieved the same feat in the under 18s division.

Bathurst Giants pair Cooper Brien and Ben Cant took out under 12s and 14s best and fairest awards respectively.

Nothing could separate Webb and the Giants’ Connor Slattery in the under 18s leading goalscorer award, both hitting home 38 for the season.

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