AFL Women Courtney Wakefield: Determination to play

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Family relocation, epic road trips, breastfeeding in a grandstand during a trial to become a Tiger. Courtney Wakefield’s determination to play AFLW has featured all of this and much more.
Breastfeeding mere minutes before a physical try out to join Richmond? Yes. And that wasn’t the half of it that day. As Wakefield attempted to resume playing Aussie Rules after a 20-year gap, her youngest child was aged just seven weeks, and her eldest – a toddler – was running rampant on the sidelines.
The 32-year-old forward has detailed in the sixth edition of The Originals podcast how she and husband, Tom, experienced four miscarried pregnancies before they became parents of two.
When she drove herself to Bendigo to be put through her paces for the first time she found herself looking for excuses to turn around and head for home – a six-hour drive from Melbourne, in the New South Wales town of Top Hut.
“Lots of feeding, no sleeping and that’s it. I was extremely unfit,” she says.
“I was...
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Love the way she goes about it. Her story shows how much determination and work it takes to play at the highest level.