Claire Ransom - the Spirited Tassie Talent
"That they should make the most of getting know every player in their team and to just have fun and enjoy playing footy."
Tasmania, Tassie, the Apple Isle ... call it what you want, the state has certainly produced its fair share of football talent. From Riewoldt to Richardson to King, the state has exported more than just apples over the decades—yet it seems that Tasmania receives less than a fraction of the limelight when compared to the three traditional football states.
But it looks as if Tassie is happy doing their own thing, and until the day that they are rewarded with an AFL/AFLW side, they can at least be proud of how their NAB League Girls side has been tracking this season.
The Tasmania Devils have certainly been the big improvers of the 2021 NAB League Girls competition and have seemingly come out of nowhere to become a genuine premiership threat.
One of the players at the forefront of this sudden surge is North Hobart product, Claire Ransom.
Coming from a basketball and netball background, the former of which she also represented Tasmania in, Claire always had an interest in football—but as was the case for many girls around the country, she had a lack of opportunities to play.
“I have always been around football with my dad and brother. All my weekends were spent at the footy watching or running water until I was finally able to play when the girls competition got introduced.”
“…I just really enjoy the game. Everything about it is fun and I love the environment and connections you are able to make with so many different people.”
She eventually would get the chance to play, as the inception of the AFL Women’s competition saw women’s competitions spring up all around the country—and Tasmania was no exception.
The North Hobart Football Club is where her football journey begun, and in a true sign of loyalty, four years later and this is still the same club that she plays for locally.
“… My family has always been a part of the club and I love the environment there. They have been really supportive of women’s football and I hope the club will continue to strengthen our program.”
This family connection has also been very beneficial for Claire’s rapid and promising development over the past four years.
“I would like to thank my Dad and Brother they have had a huge impact on my footy. They have taught me how to play and have continuously helped me to improve my game.”
“My mum has also been my biggest supporter on and off the field.”
Throughout these four years, Claire’s own football development is easily shown through what she has managed to achieve.
Arguably the biggest accolade to her name so far is the fact that she was the Vice-Captain of the 2019 SSA U15 Tasmanian State side. Leadership positions are also something that we have seen her hold several times already and is something that she is overly fond of.
“I really enjoy being able to make connections within the team and support them on and off the field. I am in the leadership group for the Devils this year and am absolutely loving it.”
Claire and her North Hobart side has also won three premierships during which she was the Captain for two of them.
“My favourite footy moment so far would probably have to be winning the three-peat with my team. We worked so hard and to have it all come together for a third year in a row was amazing.”
She has also earned Best on Ground medals from two Grand Finals and is the back-to-back reigning North Hobart Best and Fairest. Earning Best on Ground honours is rather fair since she worked hard to help the side reach the big dance—as she has been named as the Best in Finals for the past two years.
Finally, she also won her League’s Best and Fairest in 2019, after finishing runner-up to it in 2018.
Considering this, it is unsurprising that she was recognised and rewarded with a spot on the Tasmanian Devils NAB League Girls side, a spot she has held since 2020.
“It has been a really good experience. This year we have been able to create a really good environment with a good balance between enjoyment and football. It has meant that we have become a much stronger and more connected team.”
As mentioned earlier, the Devils have been the major improvers of this season, and they currently sit second on the ladder.
“We are really happy with our performances so far this year. We have improved out of sight this year and we want to continue to improve out game each week.”
And hopefully, if the Devils continue to impress at the top of the table, then maybe the Apple Ilse may get some more of the recognition that they deserve.
“I feel like sometimes we miss out a bit in terms of recognition, but the Devils program has been a really good way for us to prove ourselves. Hopefully with some success, Tassie footy will get put back on the map.”
So, what is the next chapter for this Spirited Tasmanian Talent?
“My footy goal for the future is to just continue to always improve my game and play the best footy I possibly can. Hopefully, this will one day lead me to getting drafted.”
So far this season, she has collected a hundred possessions from just six matches—and with an impressive resume already too her name, there is a good chance that Claire Ransom could be the next great Tassie export.
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