Players to Watch

Chelsea RandallChelsea Randall : WA

Randall’s football decision making is that of a veteran yet she is still only 20 years old. She reads the play well, gets to the ball first more often than not, has an enormous work rate and usually disposes of the ball by foot with deadly accuracy.

So it’s not surprising that Randall rates the most admirable female footballer in the land as someone who plays the game like she does.

"Shannon McFerran from Victoria is one of the most courageous footballers I know. She had a brain tumor removed and still plays the best and most gutsiest (sic) football I’ve seen and for a small player she manages to show everyone why she is one of the best in the nation," said Randall.

Randall’s passion for football is virtually a 24/7 one as she is the only Regional based development officer in Australia specifically employed to grow the female pathway in Swans District in WA.

Consequently when asked to rate the AFL player she most admired she went straight for former Swan Districts player and now Colllingwood’s Andrew Krakouer.

"I also really rate Andrew Krakouer. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time and went into jail for 18 months, comes back and plays with Swan Districts Football Club, wins the club’s fairest and best and the League’s in the Swan Medallist and Sandover Medal respectively, Best on Ground in the Grand Final 2010, Kicked the winning goal in the premiership and is literally one of the most modest and humble person I know. He is amazing to watch, clean pick ups, delivery is spot on and astounds everyone that watches. In WAFL he averaged around 40 possessions each game!"

Chelsea is a very skilled and courageous player herself but still believes she has lots to learn and is very excited about participating in the High Performance Academy.

Randall was one of eight female footballers selected to attend the AIS/AFL Academy during the 2011 Grand Final week.

"Words can’t describe how thrilled I was at experiencing a dream that in the past only young men could aspire for. I gained more knowledge not just about the game but the self motivation, nutrition, mental toughness and some ways to better myself as not only a football player but a person. I look forward to continuing the learning at the HPA and taking it back to my club, coaches, and female football in WA."

Lofty aspirations for a young footballer but ones that no doubt will be achieved by Randall given her enormous drive and appetite for hard work.