Gold Coast SUNS will introduce a seventh AFLW debutant of Season Seven with Krystal Scott set to be named for Sunday’s Round 10 fixture against the GWS Giants in Sydney.
Scott, who joined the SUNS as a mature-age recruit ahead of the 2022 NAB AFLW Draft, will make her long-awaited debut in the SUNS crucial final home & away fixture of the year.
Previously listed by the Brisbane Lions with Season Seven being her third on an AFLW list, it was an emotional moment as the 28-year-old found out she’d be running out for the SUNS this weekend.
“For me it’s been a game of perseverance. It’s been a long time coming, there have been a few setbacks that may have delayed it happening in the past,” Scott said.
“When Joycey [Head Coach Cameron Joyce] told me it was just a thought of ‘it’s really here, it’s really happening.’
“I’m obviously very excited, it’s a bit surreal still.”
Scott is one of several talented dual-sport athletes to have made their debut with the SUNS this season having an elite tennis background which included a two-year stint at Norfolk State University in the United States on scholarship.
Since earning a spot on the rookie list at the Lions in 2018, Scott has also had to navigate the challenges of a foot injury which sidelined her for almost a year.
Scott and her fiancée Shannon also welcomed their first daughter Huxley to the world in 2021 with the pair to both be supporting in the stands at Henson Park on Sunday.
“To have Huxley at my first game is really special. My parents will also be flying up for the day from Melbourne so it will be great to have them all there on Sunday,” Scott continued.
Head Coach Cameron Joyce says it’s a well-deserved opportunity.
“We’re thrilled to be able to give Krystal an opportunity to put her best foot forward at AFLW level,” Joyce said.
“It’s been a long journey but her commitment and dedication to give herself the best opportunity to take the chance when it came her way has been superb.
“She’s put in plenty of work, her attitude since joining the club has been excellent and we know she’ll acquit herself well this weekend.”
The SUNS final team for its Round 10 fixture will be named on Saturday evening.