Ebony Peterson - the Promising Queensland Prospect
Updated: Jul 3, 2020
"The biggest thing I’ve learnt is to believe in yourself! Never give up. At times it may be difficult, but it’s worth it. There are so many amazing people out there who are willing to help you with your footy."
It is now the year 2020 and women’s football is at an all-time high; however, following the rapid expansion and huge spike in popularity, it is easy to forget that the AFLW itself was only established three years ago.
But you don’t have to tell the promising Queensland product that is Ebony Peterson this, as she has witnessed the growth of the game firsthand.
“When I started playing footy. I couldn’t imagine that women would be playing professionally, and even have it streamed too.”
“A year later I was watching and idolising women on TV, from there it has grown majorly. From many more teams to the talent rising.”
“It is unreal to see how much it is progressing, and it is going to only get bigger and better as time goes on. Which is amazing for all the young girls with a dream to be the next Tayla Harris.”
And just as women’s footy continues to get bigger and better with each passing year, this promising player’s journey is travelling in a similar fashion.
Going back four years to 2016, Ebony’s football career began at Labrador where she would go on to be named the club’s Footballer of the Year.
While this can be considered a dream start by any footballers’ standards; Ebony was able to build upon this and in 2017, she earned a spot in the Gold Coast Suns U18s Academy, a spot that she still holds to this day.
“It is a great experience. Girls footy has come a long way. We get to training before the AFLW girls, it is amazing for us as we get to watch them and see that there is a future for us.”
“The coaches are amazing also, the knowledge they have is unreal and they always know how to help us with our footy and are always willing to sacrifice their time for us.”
However, this wasn’t the only highlight from 2017, as she would also go on to receive the Gold Coast Sunsets Coaches Award.
Considering her first couple of seasons were already a sure sign of good things to come, it does beg the question of how she got interested in football to begin with.
And it is because “a school friend didn’t have enough players on their club team, so I thought I would give it a go. Loved it from there”.
As for how she made an impact so fast, well maybe that has something to do with her past experiences with touch football, soccer and athletics coupled with her strong sense of passion and dedication.
And just as Ebony’s career coincided with the rapid expansion of women’s footy, 2018 marked a new chapter for the humble defender when she joined Coolangatta.
It is here that she continued to grow and develop while enjoying the game she loved; so much so that it caught our attention.
“I love the environment and the people you meet. Also, all I think about when I’m on the footy field is footy.”
However, there is one more accolade to Ebony’s name that needs to be addressed; which also happens to be the most recent.
And this accolade was in fact being named the 2019 Players Player at Gold Coast South.
“It was an honour to receive Players Player due to the fact that all my teammates voted for that specific award. Being respected by your teammates is a big thing. To have earned the respect from them meant so much to me.”
However, while talking with Ebony, it wasn’t her accolades that surprised us despite how good they are, no it was in fact her overwhelming love of the game that was the true stand out.
And it is this same love and passion that has seen her work hard to improve upon each and every season.
And while she currently sits in an extremely bright and promising position, she still hasn’t forgotten about those how have helped her along this journey.
As she would like to thank her “high school coach Selina Priest for being there for me always”.
And “definitely the people, and the coaches. I have met some amazing coaches throughout my football career and travelling up and down the coast for footy”.
So, with an impressive career already, along with an unparalleled love of the game and great skills to match; what is next for this promising Queensland product?
“I definitely want to help kids and coach them, teach them how to play and have fun with footy. Also looking to get drafted this year if I’m successful throughout the year.”
The fact that she wants to go into coaching just adds more in terms of her passion for the game; but just as women’s footy continues to grow, Ebony’s passion and dedication means that her career is sure to follow in a similar fashion.
And at the end of the day, if she continues to put in this hard work, there is no real reason why she cannot become one of the players that the next generation will idolise.
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