Georgia Pennifold - the Beginning of a New Chapter
Updated: Feb 28, 2020
As one chapter ends, another one begins.
And as here at Minutes with Moose we bring our latest chapter to an end, we fittingly look towards a player whose career has just entered a brand-new chapter.
We are of course talking about the very promising local product and new South Adelaide SANFLW senior squad member, Georgia Pennifold.
Unknown to most, is the fact that Georgia’s sporting life before football was made up of netball and rugby. With the later sport certainly helping with her tackling ability once she put on the footy boots.
“Before footy I had been playing Netball for nine years and then I trialled for state rugby and got in that for two years.”
“I really enjoyed the tackling side of things and my brothers also played for Reynella. So pretty much from rugby I decided to give up netball and take on footy.”
Fast-track to 2020 and she has now been playing football for three years, with two seasons spent playing with her local club, the Reynella Wineflies.
And it seems as if her time with Reynella has certainly helped her development, especially considering how new she was to the game.
“Playing for Reynella helped kick start my football career off by improving my football skills.”
“For instance, my kicking style, knowing where to position myself in order to gain possession of the ball and gaining the skills and knowledge to being able to read the play.”
“Another benefit from playing for Reynella is everyone is willing to help out in order to improve any aspect of anyone’s football career and I also love how Reynella is one big community.”
And this development was certainly noticed, as she made the U15s State Team in 2018.
However, this wasn’t the only things that Georgia managed to achieve in just her first two years of football, as what she actually managed to pull off in 2018 and 2019 is rather remarkable.
“In my first year of footy I was the Captain of Reynella and got the 2018 runner-up Best and Fairest.”
She also went onto finish runner-up Best and Fairest again in 2019.
As impressive as this is, it still wasn’t the only things that she managed to do, as she was also named in the 2018 and 2019 SFL Team of the Year.
With a resume like this, it wasn’t a surprise that she got the call up to join the South Adelaide SANFLW squad for the 2020 season.
However, this is by no means the first time she has donned the blue and white, as she is actually a product of South Adelaide’s junior pathway, having previously played in both the club’s U15s and U17s sides.
This includes the 2019 SANFLW U17s Premiership, an experience that Georgia still cherishes.
“It was the most amazing experience playing in the Grand Final and winning was the best feeling because the group was so close together.”
“The reason it was the best feeling to win that game, was because after all the hard work and training sessions, everything paid off and we got to win as a team.”
“Another thing from that season in under 17s, was that it gave me the opportunity to be selected in the South’s senior squad and it gave me the confidence and reassurance that all my hard work had paid off and I was able to achieve my goal that year, which was making the South senior squad.”
And this explains why making the senior side has been one of her favourite memories so far, and despite the difficulty that comes with stepping up from junior level to senior level, she has been really enjoying it.
“Training with the South senior team has helped me develop so much and everyone is so willing to help out if I need help with anything.”
“At times it can be hard with all the running and stuff we do but by the end I’m really happy that I finished the trainings because it will make me a stronger and fitter footy player in the end.”
“But overall the team is pretty much one big family which is amazing to be a part of the group.”
Considering how much dedication and passion she has to continually put in the hard work but remain so positive, it isn’t that much of a surprise then to hear where her inspiration comes from.
“My main inspiration has been my step dad because he always has pushed me to be the best I can be but I also look up too Erin Phillips because I have always loved the style of how strong she plays around the ball and how she can read the play really well.”
So, what is next for this promising centre half forward?
“This year my goals are you improve my kicking percentage and being able to read to play better. As well as playing in another footy Grand Final.”
South Adelaide is no stranger to providing women’s football with some extremely promising youngsters, from Gore to McKinnon.
And with some more development that will come thanks to the time she has within the senior side, there is no reason that she can’t follow in the footsteps of these great names.
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