She’s only been playing football for a handful of years, but on Saturday Cheyenne Hammond reached the pinnacle when she ran out for the Gold Coast SUNS to make her AFLW debut.
While the conditions weren’t exactly suited to her style of play, the 21-year-old still managed to lay five tackles in the wet and said not even the torrential rain could dampen her spirits.
“It was very exciting,” Hammond told SUNS Media.
“I had a lot of emotions from being really excited to being really pumped up and the adrenaline was going crazy.
“It’s hard to explain but it was a good feeling.
“The conditions were tough but it was still a good game and I thought we put up a good fight.”
Hammond had the support of her mother Simone in the crowd, who flew up from Adelaide to watch her daughter play her first AFLW match.
Simone even had the opportunity to present Hammond her playing guernsey on the night before the match.
While the result didn’t go the team’s way, Hammond said the players were still proud of the effort they put in.
“I think everybody was still pretty pumped even though we had a loss,” she said.
“I think the feeling was still good because we put up a good fight against them.
“I can’t wait for a home game (this weekend).
“Hopefully we get a good crowd and everyone just gets around us, it should be a good game.”