IN an historic week for the Australian Football League, Rowville Secondary College’s Head of Junior School Lisa Williams was selected at pick 92 by the Western Bulldogs in the NAB AFL Women’s Draft, ahead of the inaugural AFL Women’s season in 2017.

The classy Diamond Creek midfielder has now realised a dream, one she once thought was beyond the realms of possibility.

“It’s something when I was younger I definitely never thought was possible – it’s a dream come true,” Williams said after Wednesday’s draft.

“I’m absolutely rapt.”

Williams is joined by three Diamond Creek teammates, with key defender Lauren Morecroft (pick 101), ruck Tiarna Ernst (pick 108), and inside midfielder Kirsty Lamb (pick 138) also headed to the Whitten Oval.

Williams is excited to meet with her new teammates and coaches on Monday.

“I’m going in on Monday to meet all the playing group, so that’ll be exciting,” she said.

“I know a couple of the girls, there’s three other girls from my local team that have been drafted to the Bulldogs, and a lot of the other girls I play against.

“I know of most of them but on Monday we’re meeting for the first time as a team and our coaches, it’s going to be good.”

In a football journey which spawned from Williams’ love of many sports, the midfielder had always wanted to play Australian rules, but the opportunities were scarce.


“I started playing when I was 23, which I guess is very late,” she said.

“I’d grown up playing netball and a lot of other sports so it was just a lot of transferable skills.

“I had always wanted to play when I was younger, but the opportunities weren’t really there.”

Williams admits the first years of her football career were tough, as she began her career as a PE teacher at around the same time.

“I actually started playing the first year I started teaching at Rowville,” she said.

“(With) training a couple of nights a week, juggling work, training and games and everything, (it) was sometimes a bit busy and a struggle, but very worthwhile in the end.”

Williams, who grew up supporting Melbourne, cannot wait to take to the field in her new colours once the AFL Women’s competition kicks off in February.

“It’ll be awesome running out in a Bulldogs jumper and playing against Melbourne, Carlton, Collingwood, teams you’ve grown up seeing every weekend on TV.”