South Adelaide’s Nikki Gore is blossoming in her midfield role with the Panthers, culminating in her winning the Round 4 Powerade Breakthrough Player nomination.
Having only played one SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League match with Norwood last season, Gore is relishing the chance to play a consistent role in the centre square for coach Krissie Steen.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, the 17-year-old said she was pleased with how much of the ball she has been earning this year, with her 20-disposal haul against the Roosters coming after notching 17 in Round 2 and 3.
South Australia’s only Level 2 AFLW Academy member is priming herself for a big season given she falls into this year’s AFLW draft eligibility criteria by just two weeks.
Starting her footy career with the Christies Beach Saints, Gore became accustomed to testing herself against the boys before the development of girls football competitions.
Her hunger to play to team sport guided her away from the sport of surfing, in which her twin sister and older brother are heavily involved in.
Gore will confront her former team when South visits the Redlegs at The Parade on Saturday from 2.55pm.
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