When Brianna Davey was eight years old she wrote a letter to the AFL CEO asking why girls can’t play footy. Now she’s the Carlton captain.
The 23-year-old is the captain of the Carlton Blues in the AFL women’s league, but there was a time when she thought her dream of playing professional footy was impossible.
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Davey took to social media on Wednesday, posting a letter she wrote to Andrew Demetriou when she was in primary school.
“When I was 8 years old my teacher set me and my classmates a task to write a persuasive piece,” she captioned a picture of the letter.
“I chose to write to Andrew Demetriou (the CEO of the AFL at the time) about why girls should be able to play AFL.”
In the letter, Davey was remarkably spot on about how the game would be alienating females if it didn’t allow girls to play.
“You have recked (sic) there (sic) dreams because girls really want to play AFL footy,” she wrote at the time.
“Girls who have a very good ability and the body should have the right to play AFL.
“You will have less followers (if girls aren’t allowed to play) and you don’t want that do you?
“Girls who watch the AFL don’t want to see just boys they also want to see girls.”
While AFL was Davey’s first love, she was actually scouted to play soccer when she was 13, giving up footy for more opportunities in the round ball game.
She signed with the women’s Melbourne Victory team as a 15-year-old and represented the Australian national team, the Matildas, on 15 occasions.
However she returned to AFL when the women’s league was created in 2015, becoming an All-Australian in 2017 and winning Carlton’s best-and-fairest award.