Sam Franson - the Promising Cove Product
“Definitely to not over think the game, putting the hard work in and overall having fun with it.”
While Glenelg certainly has not had the start that we predicted, it is not all doom and gloom in the Tigers camp.
For starters, we have only played two rounds and as they showed last season, the Tigers can turn things around extremely quickly.
And secondly, they still have some high-quality players that can prove to be extremely dangerous and we are of course talking about Cove product, Sam Franson.
For anyone who has seen Sam play, her skills and awareness make it look as if she has spent ages out on the footy field, however, remarkably her football journey only began back in 2018.
“I just played the knockout rounds in high school as a bit of fun and after school I wanted to actually give it a go.”
“My boyfriend played at Cove and when he heard there was a women’s team starting, him and his dad really encouraged me to give it a go, which I’m super grateful for them doing so.”
And Sam has since gone onto become a big part of the Cove Cobras, as she has not only played in their two Premierships, but she has also claimed two Best and Fairests at the club.
“The Cove Cobras only started the women’s team in 2018, which was lots of fun, but the competition was only starting. Our team won the premiership with somewhat ease and went the whole season undefeated.”
But “2019 was a different year as the competition stepped up like 5 levels and it became a real competition.”
“We were the underdogs and won the premiership against Aldinga who only lost one game during the season whereas we lost 8. The girls at cove have the best spirit and we’re also like a big family up there. Lifelong friends for sure.”
Her performance with Cobras during 2018 was also recognised and rewarded with a spot in the Team of the Championships, which was made up of the best players from the Country Champs, which was a real “big confidence booster” for Sam.
With a standout season like this in 2018, it wasn’t a surprise that the following year she was offered a spot in Glenelg’s SANFLW squad, which was and still is one of her proudest sporting achievements.
“Honestly the biggest highlight of my career is being a Glenelg player.”
“Our coaches make sure Glenelg is a positive, encouraging and inviting environment, which is really good for the playing group so they can gain confidence and develop their skills.”
“I developed skills really quickly with especially Jason because he actually wants to help you, which makes us girls feel important.”
“Playing alongside the girls is the best feeling, even when you make an error they help you to understand how you can execute it better next time. The support is unreal from playing group, coaches and supporters. We are honestly like a big family.”
And she was quick to repay their faith in her, as Sam went on to receive a Powerade Breakthrough Player Nomination towards the end of the 2019 SANFLW season.
However, despite all the awards and accolades, her favourite moments thus far have been “getting the first goal of my first SANFLW season last year and getting into finals with Glenelg”.
“As well as winning last year’s Premiership with my Cove girls.”
As wholesome and humble as this sounds, it does also make a lot of sense, as she is simply enjoying the game that she loves.
“I love being able to run firstly and tackling, but I love being part of a team and learning something new about the game at every training and match as I am fairly new to the sport.”
Keeping in mind everything we have mentioned so far, and it is easy to forget that 2020 marks just her third season of football, which is impressive to say the least.
And of course, there are some people that she would like to thank for supporting her and helping her develop so quickly in order to reach this promising point.
Firstly, “Darcy Springhall (Country Champs Coach in 2018) for making me believe I had potential and helping me understand the game when I was so new to it and mostly Jason Fairall (Glenelg Head Coach) for really believing in me, teaching me to kick a ball and for giving me guidance through SANFLW."
Also, “thanks to my fam, friends and boyfriend for being so supportive and encouraging”.
So, what is next for this talented Tiger?
“This year my main goal is to be as consistent with my skills and my mindset whilst playing as I can. I want to be brave in play and take risks that I wouldn’t have done last year.”
“And of course, to have fun and getting the almighty Premiership with the gals.”
So far this 2020 SANFLW season, Sam has certainly remained consistent across her first two matches. With the Cove product making our Round One SANFLW Team of the Week, no doubt thanks to the total of 20 disposals and an average of 6.5 tackles a game she has managed so far this season.
And with that in mind, as the Tigers look to get their season back on track, we will certainly keep an eye on the highly promising Sam Franson.
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