• Jayden J Bartlett

Maya Overall - the South Coast Prospect

The Victor Harbor Football Club, although they may not be one of the most competitive open women’s sides as of late, they have still generated some top talent.

For a side that has unfortunately struggled for numbers recently, it is rather impressive the number of the SANFLW players that they have managed to produce. These include Courtney Barry, Nat Gibbs, and more recently, Jaimee Millard.

On the other hand, their junior pathway is considerably strong, with their junior ranks boasting some seriously promising prospects, and one such example is Maya Overall.

Beginning her footballing journey in 2019, Maya made the switch from netball where she had spent many years playing for the Port Elliot Netball Club. Fittingly, it was another exciting Victor Harbor prospect that convinced her to make the jump to footy.

“Well, I am very close family friends with my teammate Alissa Brook, and she wanted me to get into it with her, so I thought why not.

“After a few training sessions I really enjoyed it, so I continued with it and have been decently well so far.

“Everyone in the team is really supportive and encouraging of everyone so that’s always good to stay in the sport.”

In the process of this switch, Maya completed a trifecta of south coast sports, since 2019 saw her switch from Port Elliot netball to Victor Harbor football, all while she also played in a hockey premiership with Goolwa.

But it was in football that this exciting prospect found her true calling and, since strapping on the boots for the first time, she has spent all her three years of playing local footy with Victor Harbor which she describes as being “exciting and fun”.

“I would always look forward to Sunday games with the team and my coaches always made things interesting.”

“Also, after my game, I would join the opens and they were all very encouraging and great at getting around each other. All around just gives me motivation.”

'Maya in Action for the Great Southern' - image kindly supplied by Maya.

Once she made the decision to play football, the young prospect found some guidance rather early on into her footballing journey—which may explain why she has been able to develop so quickly.

“My football class teacher, Luke Hartley, has helped me improve a massive amount and has opened up opportunities for me to do.”

“He is very encouraging and helpful in what he does best.

“Also, my local football coaches, Patrick Sroka and Steve Millard, have pushed me to do better and to do my best on game days. So, I thank them all for having an impact on me and helping me grow.”

Her promise was on display rather early on into her footballing journey as, during her first year of playing, she was invited to join South Adelaide’s U15s Development squad.

“It was a great experience, considering it was my first year it helped me learn so much and help me to grow my skills and development.”

Then came 2020 and, although it was a disrupted year, it also proved to be Maya’s best yet as she made the Great Southern Under-16s Girls Association Side and claimed Victor Harbor’s Best Team Player award.

And although the accolades started to come Maya’s way, she didn’t seem phased, choosing instead to just keep playing the game she loved.

“I just enjoy the game and playing with my teammates. always good fun and enjoyable when you have such a caring team.”

“Also, having great coaches and open women’s teammates that are supportive of me when playing A Grade.”

'The Next Generation' - image kindly supplied by Maya.

So far in 2021, Maya has continued to take her football to new heights while also backing up her previous feats, such as making another GSFLW Under-17 Girls appearance.

“Well, there was a bigger crowd than usual that’s for sure. But it was great to play with the girls I am usually versing.”

Maya was also accepted into the Port Adelaide Next Generation Academy, an impressive feat for just her third season of football.

“I was really excited when I heard the news and was very keen to get out there and meet all the girls.”

“I feel it was a great experience and I was happy I got to share that with a few of my close friends.”

So, what is the chapter for this exciting South Coast prospect?

“I am trying to find more motivation to work on my fitness and to just continue to improve on my skills and development with help from my football class teacher from school.”

Within three seasons, Maya has notched up to junior Great Southern Association appearances and spent time in both the South Adelaide U15s and the Port Adelaide Next Generation Academy.

With this impressive development, we may just see Maya Overall join the names at the beginning of this article in the not so distant future.

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