Melissa Hickey is an AFLW su­per­star who plays cen­tre half-back for Mel­bourne! We quizzed Mel on her top footy tips as well as all of her fave things…

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Hi Melissa! How did you land your role with the Mel­bourne Foot­ball Club?

I was named as a mar­quee player and drafted to Mel­bourne along with Daisy Pearce in July 2016, which was an in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing day for me.

Wow! So what have been your most mem­o­rable footy high­lights over the years?

I have been for­tu­nate enough to win seven premier­ships in my time play­ing State League foot­ball for Dare­bin Fal­cons, and play­ing for Mel­bourne at the MCG and Eti­had Sta­dium have been very mem­o­rable and then the very first win of ours in AFLW sea­son 1.

How of­ten does the team have train­ing?

In pre sea­son we train three

times a week and twice when we are in sea­son.

What skills do you need to be­come a top footy player?

Dis­ci­pline, hard work, re­silience and a few dif­fer­ent footy skills also help.

How can Lit­tle An­gel read­ers per­fect their footy games? Any skills they should work on?

Kick­ing is very im­por­tant as it’s the main way we move the ball in foot­ball! Hand­balling, mark­ing and tack­ling are also very help­ful skills for foot­ball.

You’re also an am­bas­sador for Aus­kick. What is that?

NAB AFL Aus­kick is a fun

way for boys and girls aged be­tween 5 and 12 to learn the skills of Aussie rules foot­ball.

Who are your he­roes?

My par­ents are amaz­ing role mod­els for me, and then there are many amaz­ing women in my life I look up to like Jemma Wong, Emma Race, Daisy Pearce and Deb­bie Lee.

When you’re not busy kick­ing a footy around, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I love spend­ing time with my friends and fam­ily, go­ing to cafes and restau­rants, go­ing to movies and go­ing for bush­walks.

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