It’s a welcome return home that will quickly turn to business for young SUNS defender Wallis Randell.
The 21-year-old touched down with her teammates at Mackay Airport this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s AFLW fixture against St Kilda at Great Barrier Reef Arena.
Tomorrow’s outing takes place roughly 85km from Randell’s hometown of Carmila and she’s expecting a few familiar faces in the crowd on Saturday.
“It’s been a while since we’ve been back, so it’s really nice to get back up here in front of a home crowd,” Randell said on Friday afternoon.
The SUNS will be looking to bounce straight back from a QClash defeat last outing, with the focus squarely on playing their brand of football – a brand that was on full display a fortnight ago when they downed the Eagles at Metricon Stadium.
It will be the SUNS’ third AFLW fixture in the region with a so-far elusive victory in Mackay at the top of the priority list.
“We learnt a lot from that game (QClash), but we’ve moved on to this week with a plan to be on the front foot,” Randell continued.
“St Kilda are a very good team. We’ve done the review on them but we’ll focus on playing our game, our identity and getting the ball going forward.
“We haven’t had a win up here yet, but in front of a great crowd tomorrow we’re really excited to put our best foot forward and target the win.”
As confirmed on Thursday, versatile defender Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster will make her debut on Saturday, joining Randell in defence with the task of locking down a high-scoring Saints attack.
“It’s great to have Gabby in. She’s been killing it at training so it’s exciting to see what she can do for us and hopefully bring a new element to our game,” Randell added.
Entry to Great Barrier Reef Arena this Saturday is free – match starts at 12.05pm. Catch the contest via Fox Footy, Kayo or check your local guide for details.