AFL Women’s League this year and We were SO excited to watch the – from the nail-biting grand final even more excited to chat to a player ‘Sabs’ Frederick-Traub! Brisbane Lions Full Forward, Sabrina
Hey Sabrina! How did you first get into AFL?
I started playing AFL at school. I moved from the UK over to Perth, WA, when I was 7. I didn’t really have many friends at school and I thought that the only way I could make friends was by joining in in the activities with them. At recess and lunch they would all play AFL… I just joined in one day, I learnt the rules and luckily enough I picked it up quite quickly and loved it.
Did you ever get teased about being a girl and playing AFL?
Yes, of course. I think I got it just being a girl and being in love with sports in general; at my school it wasn’t really a thing for the girls to be heavily involved in sport. Playing AFL was quite different and I did cop it a little bit from my friends until they watched me play. When they saw me play it was different.
What advice would you give to girls who love sports and get teased about it?
Just because you’re a girl doesn’t mean [others] can limit what you can do. The only person who can limit you is yourself. If you give everything a go, the world’s your oyster.
What’s your favourite thing about playing AFL?
I think I see a lot of other sports in AFL, like it’s a combined version of different sports I played while I was growing up. There’s high jumping like you would in basketball and it’s high contact and the length of the ground is enormous so you do a lot of running and there’s parts of soccer that I think cross over as well.
Have you ever had any embarrassing mid-game moments?
Ha ha, all the time! There’s one time I do remember – I went to kick out and I just got swept up and ended up on the ground. Instead of kicking the ball, I kicked the air and my leg was straight up in the air and I was on the ground. It was a wet day as well so my whole back was covered in mud!
The new AFL Women’s League started this year, what were the crowds like?
It’s been really good. There’s a lot of great feedback from people I know who have never really gotten into AFL and responded to it. We’re reaching a different type of audience and that’s quite good.
What’s been a highlight for you this season?
Probably the W Awards. You get to be in a room with all the athletes and staff that make it happen, you get to be under one roof all together and get to speak to them, learn a bit more about them. I think the great thing about this is we are all on the same kind of journey that’s new and exciting.
As well as AFL you play the clarinet and guitar, is that how you like to spend your free time?
Definitely. I think it helps you relax and takes your mind off all the other things that are going on. I revolve a lot of my life around music. It gives you a bit of a creative edge and makes you think in a different way.
Are there any other instruments you want to learn?
I’ve always wanted to learn the piano, just because it’s really soothing and I always find it captivating when I watch someone play it.
Do you use music to psych yourself up before a game?
I do. In the daytime before a game I listen to some calming music; it doesn’t necessarily have to have lyrics, just something soothing. Normally right before a game I listen to pump up music, RnB and pretty much anything Top Hits... I love Beyoncé!
What other hobbies do you have?
I like playing a lot of sports just socially. I’m English so I love soccer. I love ping pong, badminton. I also like going on adventure hikes, going to see nice things, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends as well.