Hannah Ewings - the Whyalla Prospect
'Just give it a go, have fun. Listen and take in all the advice you can get given.'
With the resumption of the SANFL Women’s competition right around the corner – we think now would be a good time to introduce you to one of the league’s most exciting youngsters.
Making her SANFLW debut at just 15 years of age, North Adelaide’s Hannah Ewings certainly made her presence felt from the get go – as she collected 12 touches, four marks and a goal during her debut performance, which saw her receive the Powerade Breakthrough Player Nomination for Round One.
However, Hannah herself did not even think that she could have such an impact so early on, as ‘The nerves got to me a little, I was a bit shaken up but once I got myself into the game I was alright’.
While 2020 does mark her first year of senior SANFLW football, it is far from her only experience in the sport. In fact, Hannah has been playing football since she was just five years old.
During this time, she has spent majority of her football life playing with her local club, Roopena. But once she turned 14, she donned the red and white for the first time as she made her way into North Adelaide’s U15s side.
From here, she then made the Roosters’ U17s team before finally finding herself in the seniors where she would go onto to make her debut at the absolute minimum required age of just 15.
‘I feel pretty privileged and honoured honestly. As the youngest player, they have faith in me. It has been a big learning curve for me.’
… ‘Getting to play alongside your team-mates is the best feeling, they make it most enjoyable.’
While making your senior SANFLW debut at just 15 years of age is impassive, it is only made sweeter when you consider how far Hannah travels in order to play for the Roosters.
This is because, as hinted at earlier, Hannah Ewings is a Whyalla local – meaning in order to play and train for North, she has to make the ten-hour round trip each week.
‘Yeah gets a bit too much sometimes but it is worth it. I have my Ls so I will usually drive, or I will have a nap.’
She also holds a bit of history up in Whyalla as well, as she became the ‘First female to win the Whyalla News medallist in a boy’s competition’.
However, this is far from the only accolades that she has to her name, as she has also claimed a Best and Fairest at SMOSH West Lakes, as well as having also previously gained a spot in the 2019 Adelaide Women’s Team of the Year.
Along with these, she also holds a spot in the Adelaide Crows Academy.
Besides club level football, Hannah has also been holding her own in state representative football as well, as she made both the 2017 and 2018 South Australian state teams.
As well as this, she has also previously represented the 2016, 2017 and 2018 South Australian State Multicultural teams and also won the ‘MVP for the Multicultural All-Star team all those years’.
‘It was a real honour and privilege to represent the state. Both state teams. I felt ecstatic that all my travelling and training had paid off. Getting to know everyone’s different culture was also amazing.’
Throughout all of this time, her footy career has been impacted by a few different people – ‘My dad and two brothers, they brought me up with footy from a young age and I took it from there’.
‘Krissie, my current coach has guided me into a different direction which is good.’
So, what is next for this highly promising Whyalla product?
‘Hopefully, I make it onto the big stage. AFLW is a dream of mine that I am working towards.’
Keeping in mind she is still several years away from being eligible for the draft – this year has seen her play four SANFLW games for three goals as well as a collect total of 43 disposals and an average of four tackles and three marks a match.
This means that by the time she is eligible for the draft, she may be one extremely exciting prospect – even more so than she already is.
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