Stephanie Glover has been identified in the Banner for many years for her achievements in many sports. She has dominated in the pool and on the netball court for her age group and recently she has been recognised for her achievements in AFL Women’s football.
At her young age she has played at state level basketball and football. Stephanie is a sprinter , long distance runner and excels in all the sports, she competed in at the Dimboola Memorial Secondary College sports carnival.
At 15 years of age there is a lot more to Stephanie’s athletic capability than meets the eye, and as she matures we can only expect to see a lot more of what she can do. Those who follow the netball would have certainly seen how Stephanie can make her presence on the court known, with her agile fast play. So much so, that selectors have her playing alongside Jodie Hayes and Ant Toet wearing the green and gold in the fast moving A Grade side. Not only did she play A Grade but also took out the best on court last Saturday in the 17 and Under side. The amazing thing is she does not turn sixteen until after the season in November.
However, it is not Netball that is Stephanie’s passion. Its football and at the weekend after playing netball on Saturday, on Sunday she headed across the state to play football.
Stephanie first started playing football in 2017 when she joined the Greater Western Victorian Rebels, Deakin University Female Football League season, where she played for the Horsham Demons.
However, her grassroots started with Dimboola Football and Netball Club, where she started playing football in the Auskick program and playing in the Under 12’s with the boys, before she crossed over into 13 and Under netball in 2014. She won the rookie of the year for GWV Rebels, and best Under 16 football player in 2017.
This year Stephanie had been selected by AFL Victoria to represent in the Under 16 Vic Country League.
She has trained in Melbourne with her team at Ikon Park in Carlton and at the famous Windy Hill in Essendon.
In her first game, Stephanie was a representative in the Vic Country League game in Albury against NSW/ACT on June 10. Vic Country won the game with a score of 45 to 14.
In the second game Stephanie played, the game held at GMHBA stadium Geelong, against Vic Metro on June 16th. Vic Country lost 14 to 55.
Stephanie usually played predominantly in the backline for Greater Western Victorian Rebels, but was selected to play in the mid-field for Vic Country which was a challenge she was looking forward to, giving her plenty of opportunities to play the ball.
Not only has this been an amazing opportunity for Stephanie, but by putting on the BIG V guernsey she has been able to play alongside some of the most experienced players that have played representative football over many years.
Stephanie is also a close image of her sister Paige. Paige also has a passion to play football and at her young age of 13, has shown enormous persistence and determination against the older players.
In 2018, Stephanie along with her sister Paige was a part of the Greater Western Victorian Rebels Under 18 squad, playing eight out of nine games for the season.
After a full day of netball last Saturday, the two girls headed off early on Sunday to play for the Horsham Demons Women’s team against Portland in Hamilton. The Demons drew with Portland 5.3.23. Paige kicked the first goal and Stephanie kicked the last goal, in a tough game, in muddy conditions. Not something the Wimmera bred girls are used to.
Horsham ended up equal third on the ladder of the Deakin University Female Football League, improving from last year when they placed fifth.
Hats off to the girls parents Steve and Wendy Glover, who have thrown their support behind the both girls’ passion for sport and have racked up over 70,000 kilometers over the past two years to get the girls to training and games.
The group of girls who played with Vic Country, including Stephanie will be put up for draft in the forthcoming season for the AFL Women’s League.