Emily Brockhurst - the First Father-Daughter
Updated: Aug 16, 2019
Not only is the number 39 for South Adelaide apart of the history making, back to back premiership side.
But Emily Brockhurst is also the first senior father-daughter player to don the blue and white in the club’s 143-year history and the first daughter of a past player to play in the SANFLW.
“Wow yeah it is weird to think we are the first, I am so blessed for my dad and the club. I hope many more to come now.”
Emily is the daughter of former South Adelaide player, Andrew Brockhurst who played 131 games for the Panthers across two stints.
Remarkably, her football career only began last year with her first season being with the Christies Beach U18s.
Before that, the talented youngster was busy playing netball for the Contax Netball Club.
Despite having some success in netball, Emily made the switch to football because;
“My dad and brother always played, and I was interested but dad used to play for South, so I wanted to follow in his footy.”
Despite having some trouble at first;
“It was hard to get my kicking at a standard where it would go near the person I was kicking to. But I loved the running side of things as well as the hand balls.”
She definitely made the right decision, achieving an outstanding amount of success in just two years of football.
Beginning with being a part of the Christies Beach U18’s 2018 premiership side as well as winning the 2018 Christies Beach U18 Best and Fairest.
She then progressed to play with South Adelaide’s U17s side where she played in their premiership team.
In 2019, Emily made her way to South Adelaide’s senior female side where she once again played in another premiership side.
Despite kicking three goals in South Adelaide’s U17’s grand final win, she played a more defensive role for the senior team.
“I feel like I have not fully found my position yet. I do like backs, but I am still interested in going forward!”
Emily made her senior South Adelaide debut in round three against West Adelaide and became a promising yet reliable player for the side.
Her diverse range of skills saw her perform consistently across all the aspects of the game; collecting 64 disposals, 11 marks, five tackles and 16 inside 50s in just eight games for season.
As a rather new but successful football player, her advice for girls who want to give football a try is;
“Footy is the greatest sport I have had in my life. It’s not just about the sport either, the people you meet and the opportunity you get are amazing. Football makes you a better person so have a go!”
Considering she has won three premierships in just two years of football. It is no surprise that the talented player has made some favourite memories already;
“Some of my favourites are the Grand Final at Christies, playing my first South game and becoming the first farther-daughter.”
When she’s not busy on the football field, she’s busy making a career off the field;
“I still go to school and I am doing a crt3 in individual disability support work and working with clients one day a week as well as club footy and just catching up with friends.”
And as always, there are some people she would like to thank;
“I want to thank Skully for all the coaching he has given me and my dad for helping me get and find the sport I love.”
Considering the amount of success she has achieved and how well she has perfected her skills in such a short time, the future looks very promising for the humble and history making Emily Brockhurst.