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Lucy Boyd - the Woods Prospect

The past three years of football for Lucy Boyd have been nothing short of amazing, with each passing season being one more chapter in an already exciting footballing journey.

Originally, Lucy began her footballing life with AusKick, but it was not until 2017 that Lucy got her chance to play club-level football with the boys at Ironbank.

However, even before strapping on the boots for the first time, Lucy was no stranger to football having practically grown up around the game.

“Growing up I was always around the footy club with my family being super involved in the football community.”

“Some of the boys from my school started playing footy and I was super eager to get involved!! after my first training, I was hooked, and I haven’t looked back since.”

She remained with Ironbank for two years before then making the move to the girl’s side at Blackwood in 2019 to play alongside her sisters.

The young prospect had an almost instant impact with the Woods, as she went onto finish fourth overall in the Under-14s SANFL medal count.

Likewise, despite only being 12 at the time, the prospect also earned a spot in the South Australian Under-15s School Team that travelled to Tasmania during 2019.

“The state Under-15s trip to Tasmania was a real highlight for me I got to travel with some of my best mates and we had a really good tournament coming second overall to the Vics.”

“It was a massive privilege to be able to pull on the state colours more than once and getting to do it with some of my best for has made it such a true highlight in my footy journey.

“Being able to get a spot on the team despite being relatively young for the teams had been a real honour.”

'State Pride' - image kindly supplied by Lucy.

2019 continued to be a breakout year for the Woods prospect as she also earned a spot in the West Adelaide Under-15s Academy.

After such a standout year, Lucy managed to back up her efforts the following year by achieving even more in 2020—that is even despite the number of disruptions caused by the pandemic.

The young gun’s impressive resume was recognised and rewarded as she received the Captaincy of the Blackwood Under-14s team. With her side going on to claim the 2020 Under-14 SANFL Division One Premiership, where Lucy was named as the Best on Ground.

Her impressive 2020 season did not stop there either as it was also reflected in the medal count, with the Woods prospect finishing runner-up in the League Best and Fairest, while also being crowned as Blackwood’s Best and Fairest.

And of course, with another outstanding season, Lucy continued to be a part of West Adelaide’s Development Pathway.

In true Captain-like fashion, she has not let this excellent footballing resume affect her mindset, with the young gun going out of her way to show gratitude towards those who have helped support her along this bring path.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of my footy journey in any way shape or form.”

“Everyone I have played with for being the best group of girls I could ask for."

"To all of my coaches from both Blackwood and Westies for giving me a chance and helping me improve my game.

“And to my family for supporting me no matter what. to my mum and older sister for driving me anywhere and everywhere and being at every game and every training, I am forever grateful.”

'The Mighty Woods' - image kindly supplied by Lucy.

Coming off of two extremely exciting seasons, Lucy has managed to continue this promising form, describing 2021 as “a really defining year”.

The Bloods, who is no stranger to young talent, have recognised the Woods prospect as they invited her to train alongside their League side in 2021, who would go onto be Grand Finalists.

“… Being asked to come out and train with the Westies league team at my age. My game has grown significantly while being at the club while also meeting some of the best people.”

West Adelaide is not the only club to have acknowledged Lucy’s talent, as Port Adelaide also selected her into their Next Generation Academy.

“I have always been a massive fan of Port with a long family history within the club. Being able to put on the Port colours and run out onto Alberton Oval was so surreal.”

“Obviously this is a really exciting time for the club and am hoping to play a part in it. I learnt so much and meet so many great people within the club while being a part of the program.”

Then she was able to display her talent in front of the SANFLW competition as she played in the SANFLW Under-17s Futures Game where she was labelled as the Best on Ground.

“… Being able to be a part of the State Under-17 futures program was a massive highlight as it was my first time playing on a national stage with the game being live-streamed to the AFLW.”

So, what is the next chapter in this exciting Hill's prospect's journey?

Over the next few years, I am looking to improve my game while making more state and representative sides. Obviously one day I would love to get drafted and play in the AFLW.”

“But overall, the people that I have met and the friendships I have formed over the last five years has by far been my highlight.”

With leadership skills, determination and an impressive resume already, this young Hill’s prospect will only get more exciting as the seasons pass by.

And if she continues down this extremely bright path, it will not be long until we hear Lucy Boyd’s name uttered among the other tremendous players that have come out of West Adelaide.

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