Bianca Coom - the Great Southern Eagle
"Keep trying and to never give up, whoever said that girls can’t play footy, prove em wrong and play like your meant to be there."
The McLaren Eagles are entering the 2021 Great Southern Football League Women’s season as the reigning premiers, and they are firm favourites to at least contest for the flag again.
After finishing runners-up on several occasions, the Eagles have mustered a very impressive list—headlined by several SANFLW players. As well as some of the established stars of the GSFLW, the next generation of footballers are already starting to bare some impressive junior talent for McLaren, including their joint 2020 U16s Best and Fairest, Bianca Coom.
Having spent three years donning the colours of McLaren, Bianca is already showing some promising signs for the reigning open women’s premiers—no doubt, best shown through her 2020 performance with the Eagles U16s side.
As mentioned earlier, Bianca finished the 2020 GSFLW U16s season as the joint winner of McLaren’s U16s Best and Fairest. As well as this, she also donned the red, white, and blue of the Great Southern U16s Association Side, which was a real “pleasure representing them”.
Since footy has always been “what I have wanted to do, because my dad got me into it”. It is unsurprising that 2020 was just the latest of several promising years of football for Bianca.
Considering that, by her own admission, football has always been her favourite sport. It is safe to assume that her early development has been due to her own love and passion towards the game—but it is also thanks to a close family connection and support.
With a special thanks to “my dad for getting me into it and for helping me improve, and also to my mum for driving me to games”.
This early development paid off almost instantly, with Bianca being named as the AFL 9’s Best Player during 2018. Then in 2019, she was also a part of the AFL 9’s carnival winning side.
However, this was far from the midfielder’s only accolades from 2019 as she was also named as the Flinders Carnival’s Best Team Player and earnt the title of being the carnival’s Best and Fairest and Leading Goalkicker.
Then this paved the way for the aforementioned success at club level with the Eagles. Time with whom she says has been “very good”.
“… I have learnt heaps, done trainings and games, met new people and one of the best bits is training with the open women’s on Mondays.”
But as well as individual success, Bianca has also enjoyed time as captain—having been named as captain on four different occasions throughout her footballing journey.
This experience and leadership are easily shown through what she labels as being her favourite football moments, which are, despite all of her own accolades, simply when she “first started playing footy” or “kicking my first goal”.
So, what does the next chapter have in store for this Great Southern Eagle?
In her own words, her goals for the future are “to make it into South and hopefully take it to the AFLW”.
If she continues to develop like she has been over the last three years, then she should start to be knocking on the Panthers door sooner rather than later—and from there, the sky is pretty much the limit for Bianca Coom.
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