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Basketball veteran shines at AFLW testing

Josh Cheadle  March 7, 2018 2:02 PM

SUNS TV: Micaela talks crossing codes SUNS TV chats with Townsville Fire basketballer Micaela Cocks on the challenges of converting skills from basketball to AFL.
To have the publicity that the women’s AFL is having for the younger generation to come through and aspire to and look up to, I think that’s what women in sport need.

She’s represented New Zealand at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, won silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and played in five WNBL Grand Finals, but now Micaela Cocks has her eye on a different shaped ball.

Cocks was one of 27 participants at the Townsville Gold Coast SUNS Women’s Football Talent ID Day, where she starred by taking out the beep test with an impressive score of 14.4.

Currently in her eighth season with the Townsville Fire WNBL side, Cocks has been drawn to the new buzz and excitement surrounding women’s AFL.

“I’ve always played basketball, I haven’t got any background in AFL but I think it’s been really good for female sport in Australia,” Cocks told SUNS TV.

“I’ve been watching a few of the games and it just looks like something I’d really like to do.”

Cocks is a three-time WNBL Champion, lifting the trophy three time in the last four seasons, and was also crowned WNBL Grand Final MVP in 2016.

The round ball still takes precedence for the 31-year-old, with her next challenge the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

“It will be my second Commonwealth (Games), I did one in Melbourne where we got a silver medal so I’ll be hoping we can medal again,” Cocks said.

“I’ll have a bit more of a role this time being a bit of a veteran on the team.

“I’m very excited for it and I think we’ll have some good competition, Australia will be really, really strong.”

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If the time comes for Cocks to pick up the Sherrin in 2020, it would appear she already has a solid foundation to build upon after testing so well on the weekend.

“We’ve done a few similar tests, we do the beep test and agility test and 20-metre test in basketball,” Cocks said.

“The hardest one was the kicking, I’ve never kicked a footy ball before so I’ll need a bit of practice in that, but (there’s) a great bunch of girls here and I think it’s really awesome to have this facility come here to Townsville.”

With AFLW being one of the leaders in women’s sport in Australia, Cocks believes it is a great opportunity for individuals to lead by example for the next generation of female athletes.

There’s so many great role models out there,” Cocks said.

“To have the publicity that the women’s AFL is having for the younger generation to come through and aspire to and look up to, I think that’s what women in sport need.”

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