Nicola Xenos: Carey Captain to AFLW draft pick

Congratulations to Carey’s Captain of the Girls First Football Team, Nicola Xenos, for being drafted to the AFLW! Nicola was the third draft pick for St Kilda Football Club.

Watch this short interview with Nicola after the announcement here!

We interviewed Nicola, along with Captains of the Boys First Football Team, Matthew Rowell and Noah Anderson, earlier this year for the Torch. Here’s part of what Nicola had to say about her journey and what she has learned from Carey football.

How long have you been playing football?
Nicola: I’ve been playing seven years. I started mainly with basketball and netball, but I dropped that and I’m now focussing on footy. 

What have you liked about Carey footy?
Nicola: It’s also been good being Captain, because it’s not something I would normally put my hand up for. Stepping up really helped me both on and off the field. And it’s been good to be part of the start of girls footy. The talent in the team from a young age is crazy these days, so it’s only going to get better. The standard is lifting.

Who has inspired you at Carey?
Nicola: I always looked up to Katie Lynch because she got drafted last year. And I played on the team with her. So, she’s probably my role model.

How do you go balancing Year 12 with all of your sport commitments?
Nicola: It’s been quite stressful, especially the last month because the workload has picked up a bit. But it’s really important to find that balance between sport, school and social as well.

What is the most important thing you’ve learnt throughout school football?
Nicola: Making relationships within the team and coming together. A lot of us didn’t know each other when we started, but once we found that connection with one another, it was so much easier. It made it more enjoyable for everyone.

What advice do you have for younger Carey footballers?
Nicola: I think the bottom line is enjoying it. And especially for girls footy because it’s so new. And obviously a lot of girls play for fun, but if you do want to take it seriously, whatever that might mean, you want to get something out of it. If you’re aiming to achieve something, go for that goal, and do what you can to achieve it.

Keep an eye out for the full interview in the Torch, arriving in your mailboxes soon! 

Kelly Southworth