Mackay product Wallis Randell has been named to make her AFLW debut when the SUNS take on West Coast this Sunday at Mineral Resources Park.
The 19-year-old was surprised with the news when it was announced in front of the playing group after training, and said it was a moment she would never forget.
“I don’t even know how to feel, it’s just insane,” Randell told SUNS Media.
“I feel like I’ve been working so hard for so long and it’s so good to finally have a run.”
Randell was drafted with pick 61 in the 2020 NAB AFLW Draft and played for Bond University last year in the QAFLW.
Prior to that she comes from a basketball background in Mackay where she has played at a representative level.
SUNS AFLW senior coach David Lake said Randell had worked incredibly hard for her chance at the highest level.
“The growth of Wallis inside our group over the last few months has been terrific and she deserves her opportunity on the weekend,” Lake said.
“She just keeps turning up with the right attitude and intent each week and we’re confident she’ll bring that same approach into the match against West Coast.”
Randell becomes the seventh AFLW debutant for the SUNS in 2021 after Maddi Levi, Annise Bradfield, Lucy Single, Daisy D’Arcy, Bess Keaney and Janet Baird.
The full team will be announced for the match against West Coast on Saturday at 4:30pm.