Grieve hopes to realise her new dream at Carlton

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
South Bunbury midfielder Katie Grieve is settling in at Carlton ahead of her first season at the Blues.
Camera IconSouth Bunbury midfielder Katie Grieve is settling in at Carlton ahead of her first season at the Blues. Credit: Carlton Football Club

Katie Grieve admits she never dreamed of playing AFLW before this year.

But after a successful season with South Bunbury in the inaugural South West Football League women’s competition, the 20-year-old finds herself now in the middle of pre-season training with Carlton.

Grieve was selected by the Blues with pick 12 in the 2017 AFL Women’s rookie draft earlier this year, after just her first full year of football.

Now she is living in Melbourne, preparing for a possible call-up to the Blues team when they take on Collingwood at Ikon Park on February 2.

Grieve said she was “over the moon” to be selected by Carlton.

“There were a lot of emotions running through me at the time,” she said.

“I am just obviously grateful for the opportunity and the challenge.”

Grieve said before playing for South Bunbury this year, her last experience of playing football was for her school at Country Week.

From there she has gone ahead in leaps and bounds and her new focus is learning as much as she can in the pre-season.

“The transition has been going well and Carlton have been amazing,” she said. “All the players have been really welcoming and giving me lifts to training, but I am definitely missing my family a lot.

“I am going home for Christmas, so I am excited about that.”

Grieve said she was working on improving her running ability and her skills.

“Hopefully I am going to carry over the skills that I have and just improve on them and gain more knowledge of the game,” she said.

“I will still go in hard but.”

Grieve said she was not sure if she would play any games this year, but she was excited about the prospect.

“I am happy to put my life on hold and put in the hard yards to get to my new goal,” she said.

“I want to gain more knowledge and be part of the culture they have at the club.”

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