Deriney Headon - the High-Flying Magpie
A proud product of the Goolwa-Port Elliot Football Club, Deriney Headon has developed into an extremely promising prospect for the Great Southern Football League.
Still a junior, and with five years of footballing experience, Deriney has already notched up several impressive achievements throughout her rapidly developing football journey.
These achievements include appearances for the South Adelaide U15s, the GSFL Association U17s, and a spot in Port Adelaide’s Next Generation Academy.
However, before she was busy carving a path for herself within the world of football, Deriney spent three years playing netball for Port Elliott. This was until she decided to switch to football after watching her older brother play.
“… He was always successful and going places with his football and I felt it was something I could succeed in to.”
“So, mum and dad signed me up and I played on the guy’s side for the rest of that year and loved it and decided to try and go further with it.”
Predominantly it was the family atmosphere, which usually comes with football, that she fell in love with the most, that and “all the supportive people that I get to meet” while being involved with the sport.
“… Whether it’s players, coaches or even just supporters around me, and also being able to always learn something new.”
Then, once Deriney discovered her love for the game and made the choice to swap the court for the field, she was able to gain some early guidance and help from her dad as well as her school football coach.
“… He (Deriney’s dad) has been my coach for club footy for the past three years and has taught me so much along the way but also been one of my biggest supporters.”
“And also, my school footy coach Luke Hartley who has helped me be as successful as I can for the past three years as well.”
After deciding to make the switch from netball to football, Deriney joined the Goolwa-Port Elliot Football Club, where she has remained ever since.
“It has been awesome there, playing and training at the club has improved my football heaps over the years.”
“Everyone here is so supportive of each other and the opportunities I have gotten at the club are great.”
While Goolwa has been able to provide Deriney with several opportunities, her service to the club while donning the black and white has also been impressive.
During her years playing with the Magpies, she has claimed the 2018 and the 2020 Goolwa U16 Girls Best and Fairest, while also finishing runner-up to the 2019 Goolwa U16 Girls Best and Fairest.
As well as this impressive resume, she has also been able to lead by example during the 2021 season as she has been the Captain of Goolwa’s U17 side.
Leadership is certainly another quality that this young prospect posses as she actively seeks the chance to take on the responsibility.
“It is something I have always loved, just to be able to be as supportive as I can to the team has been great and building up my leadership skills has been very helpful.”
While Deriney’s performance for Goolwa is certainly impressive, it also got her recognised and rewarded with a spot on South Adelaide’s U15 Girls side during the 2019 SANFL U15s season.
“The opportunity to learn more and get better at the club is awesome and it is definitely a club I have learnt heaps of what I know at.”
“Being in the pathway has taught me a lot, physically and mentally.”
2021 also saw Deriney take her football to the next level by earning a spot in Port Adelaide’s Next Generation Academy, a spot in the U17 Great Southern Association side.
And she also earned the chance to showcase her skills during the 2021 SANFL U17 Girls Futures Game.
The SANFL Futures Game “was a great achievement, experience and a good learning block for me”.
“Getting to work with players and coaches from many different clubs was a good experience and we taught each other a lot.”
“Playing at that step higher was heaps of fun and they definitely taught me a lot there with the time I had with them.”
So, what is the next chapter for this promising Goolwa product?
“My footy goals going forward are basically just to keep pushing myself and making smaller goals for myself to reach throughout the journey and also trying to keep up those leadership roles.”
This young and exciting leader has certainly shown her skills throughout the past five years, and as she continues to gain more valuable experience, her footballing journey will only get brighter.
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