Sasha Set to Star, by Andrew Frackowski,

The Adelaide Arsenal is just over two months from the start of their challenging inaugural season of the Legends Football League (LFL) and a girl with an aboriginal heritage Sasha de Kievit is eyeing a starting role in both the offensive and defensive squad. Adelaide’s newest sporting franchise will debut on October 11 at Hindmarsh Stadium.

From the Adelaide Hills township of Lobethal, 45 minutes up the Highway, de Kievit started playing netball at seven, progressing through the grades and played A grade for the Lions, as well as for the Mid Hills association team at the South Australia Country Netball Championships, until her sporting focus took another turn. “Two years ago, I started playing Aussie Rules for Port Adelaide,” de Kievit, now 24, explained.

“The physicality of the game was the part I really enjoyed. “My dad Andrew was a good country player at Birdwood and Kersbrook – and I always enjoyed the football environment.”
When the opportunity came to try out for the Arsenal, in a sport just in its second competitive year in Australia, de Kievit jumped at the chance. “It’s a new and exciting sport,” she explained.

“It is fair to say I didn’t know a lot about it when I first started. “Seeing the professionalism of the games, the coaches and the training really impressed me.

“I also love the special attributes required of the sport as well. “You need to be switched on in this fast paced environment, along with needing athleticism, agility and speed.”

de Kievit is looking to secure roles as a wide receiver in the offensive team and a corner back or defensive back role in defence.

“The coaches are looking for versatility and the ability to play multiple roles helps,” de Kievit continues.

“My goal is to start both offensively and in the defensive squad day one of the season.”

“Running out for the first game is going to be emotional.” When questioned about the attire and the glamour involved in the LFL, de Kievit, explained what the Arsenal will be donning is not dissimilar to what a women at athletics’ meet or a women’s volleyballer would wear.

The development of the squad during this initial period of the Arsenal has been immense.

Head Coach Darryl Scaife suggests his troops progressed strongly since their first session back in early May,explaining the players’ dramatic improvement as they move towards the LFL season kick off.

“When the group first got together, we had five months to select, cut and teach – it’s a massive task, Scaife explained.

“From the first training session to right now, I’m happy with the progress the players have shown and can confirm we are on track.

“The players are very keen to learn and I have had a lot of fun teaching them so far.

“It is quite possibly the most fun I’ve had in 20 years of coaching this game”.