Demi Sonneman - the Mighty Bulldog
Updated: Sep 14, 2020
Round one of the SANFL Women’s 2020 season saw Central District take their biggest scalp thus far in their short history, narrowly getting over Norwood by just four points.
And one of the key contributors during this historic result, with 13 disposals and six rebound 50s, was none other than Demi Sonneman.
“Yeah the feeling is definitely electric. Saturday was a day a lot of us girls will remember for ages, we have done so much hard work and it just showed on the field.”
And “we also had a lot of supporters there and the feeling when we won gave me shivers.”
“We also had a mascot for the game a little boy named Thomas who loves Shannon on our team.”
“It was incredible to have him there sing the song with us and warm up with us. How great to have a little boy look up to us the future is changing football and it is so exciting.”
While the game itself was a huge milestone for the Club as a whole, as it was the first time that they have won their SANFLW round one match, it was also a big moment for Demi, as she is one of the foundation players for the Bulldogs.
But not only that, she was actually the inaugural 2019 Central District women’s Best and Fairest.
However, these achievements are made even more sweet, when you consider the hard work that Demi has put in to achieve them.
And this is because, three years ago and with her previous SANFLW club Norwood, she injured her knee and had to undergo a knee reconstruction.
But despite this major setback, she didn’t find rehab that difficult, as she knew it was what had to be done in order to see her make her return to football.
This attitude is no doubt thanks to just how much she loves the game.
“I absolutely love my team mates and being able to play the same sport as the boys.”
And upon finally returning to match fitness, she made her way to the Bulldogs for their inaugural season in the SANFLW.
“It has been so great for my football, coming back from a knee recon it was really hard and I wasn’t at my fittest and really struggled the first year out after doing it at Norwood but going out to Centrals I was pushed really hard and gained heaps of fitness and strength and I’m feeling better than I was before.”
And her performance last season really does speak for itself, as she played eight games and finished with a total of 108 disposals as well as an average of four tackles and four rebound 50s a game.
However, Demi’s list of accolades includes a lot more than what we have already mentioned, as she has found a considerable amount of success during her seven years of playing.
Some of the more notable achievements, include playing in the South Australian state U16s, U18s and women’s teams, as well as playing in the Crows talent match last year.
She has also finished runner-up Best and Fairest at her local club Salisbury, the same club that she also played in two Premierships with.
And finally, Demi was also named in the 2019 SAWFL Team of the Year as well.
While these achievements are all impressive to say the least, they also go a long way in showing how much passion and resilience she has.
As it is these same qualities that kept her strong and made her determined to make her return to football after suffering her knee injury.
And it is this same high level of passion that sees Demi hold Salisbury in such a high regard.
“Salisbury has been so great; I absolutely love the club atmosphere and all my coaches.”
“Emma Gibson has played a huge role at Salisbury with me as she created the women’s team there then I automatically followed her, she has done such amazing things for that club.”
And as well as thanking her coaches, there is also one other person that she would like to thank for impacting her career.
“My dad, he played a huge role in my football.”
So, what is next for this very decorated player?
Well “I just really want to get fitter and better at my game, I also would love to snag a Premiership at Centrals.”
So while the Dogs look to continue this outstanding performance throughout the 2020 SANFLW season, make sure you keep an eye on Demi Sonneman, as she is and will continue to be a very valuable part of their squad.