CAT Phillips says the team has been buzzing since notching up its first win in the NAB AFL Women’s last Saturday night against Collingwood at Ikon Park.
The Ultimate Frisbee star-turned-footballer was one of the best on ground last round, booting two goals in a match Melbourne will always remember.
“It’d felt like a long time of training, so it was pretty incredible to get a come-from-behind win, which was great,” she told melbournefc.com.au.
“We’re all a lot happier this week and a lot more confident in our game plan and that it can hold up.
“I had a lot of fun and I love being able to contribute out on the field and give back to the club, because I know they’ve put a lot of faith in me by drafting me as someone who hasn’t played football before. I love being able to give back and being able to help out.”
Phillips said she had no regrets about making the switch to football, despite representing Australia at Ultimate Frisbee.
“I’m loving learning a lot,” she said.
“I love the running you get to do in footy – there is probably a bit more involved [than Ultimate Frisbee] – and I love the group of girls we’ve got here.
“We’re all working really hard here and it’s a really great community and environment here.”
Phillips said round two Rising Star nominee Lily Mithen and forward Jessica Anderson were two teammates that had impressed her early in the season.
“Lily Mithen is a big standout for me,” she said.
“She’s won the Rising Star this week and she’s really stood out to me, but also Ando played a great game the other day.
“She’ll only continue to improve and I play with her at Melbourne Uni and I really rated her there and I know how powerful she can be.”
With five rounds remaining, Phillips said it was critical for the team to make the most of its opportunities.
“There isn’t a lot of time after dropping the first game, so we can’t afford to drop too many games,” she said.
“I’m just trying to take every game as it comes and keep having fun – more than anything – and making the most of every day with the team.”