Mimi Hill - Leading from the Front
'I would say embrace your team members and your club and play your role during games, that’s the best way to get the most out of your footy and make some good mates.'
The Oakleigh Chargers enjoyed a stellar start to the 2020 NAB League Girls season as they won their first two matches by a combined total of 152 points.
Leading from the front during these two matches was the Chargers Captain, Mimi Hill – who, from these same two matches, collected an impressive total of 49 disposals, four tackles and three marks.
But, while we still have to wait some time before we see her in action again this year, due to the league suspension – there is still plenty to get excited about for this young leader.
2020 marks her fifth year of playing, which includes three years spent with Kew Comets where she began her footy career. As well as this, she has spent two years with the Old Scotch Stars and has been wearing the colours of the Oakleigh Chargers for the last four years.
In just these five years, Mimi has achieved a rather remarkable amount – which we hope has set the tone for the rest of her footballing life.
Included in these accolades are appearances for both the U16 and U18 Victoria Metro teams – which she enjoyed the chance ‘To play at such a high level, especially last year learning from some more experienced players.’
‘I like the tough competition and at the same time got to make some new mates.’
At school level footy, she has been lucky enough to play in three Premierships and has experienced two years as school Captain.
Along with these, she is also an AFLW Academy Member – ‘Getting to go to the NT for the academy camp this year was so cool, I had such a good time and made heaps of new mates’.
She also finished runner-up to the Chargers 2019 Best and Fairest, and she was also named as the Best on Ground during Old Scotch’s 2019 Premiership.
To top it all off, Mimi has also been the Captain of the Oakleigh Chargers during the 2019 and the 2020 NAB League seasons.
‘Last year was harder as I was Captaining girls who were older than me, but it was a great opportunity and I learnt heaps from it.
‘This year, as I am way more experienced, I have enjoyed getting to lead a pretty new team and I am really happy with the culture we have created. Overall, it has been elite.’
Equally as elite as the culture that they have created at Oakleigh, is their performance so far this season. This is because the Chargers scored a combined total of 179 points from their first two matches, while holding their opponents to a combined total of just 27 points.
‘The start of this season has probably been my favourite because both Round One and Two we got to travel and had some good wins and I really enjoyed hanging out with the team.’
But despite the overwhelming amount of success over the past five seasons – it seems that this promising player is just simply playing the sport that she loves.
‘Footy is what motivates me to get through the week and it gives me something to look forward to.’
‘And also, you get to make connections with all types of people from different backgrounds who share the same love for footy as you so they kind of get you in a way that others don’t. I also just love staying active and the feeling of executing a skill.’
Through all of this, there are two people that she would like to thank for impacting her career in their own ways.
‘I would like to thank my school footy coach for encouraging me to start playing footy and my dad for kicking with me and taking me to watch the footy since I was a baby.’ So what is next for this promising young leader?
Well, she has certainly out in the work to carve a very exciting career in football, thanks to five years of impressive performances along with some valuable time spent as Captain.
So, going forwards the sky is pretty much the limit for Mimi Hill.
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