MCG Bulldogs honour for Lutkins
HAVING been named in the All Australian team following the women's Aussie rules titles in Cairns, Kate Lutkins could be expected to put her feet up.
But there is no chance of that for the talented all-rounder who grew up in Karalee.
This weekend marks a precedent in women's Aussie rules and Lutkins is in the middle of it.
After inspiring Queensland to third place at the national titles last week, Lutkins earned an All Australian selection.
She was one of 50 players chosen in the inaugural women's Australian Football League draft.
Their reward is to play for the Western Bulldogs or Melbourne Demons women's teams in a curtain-raiser to the AFL match between the two men's teams at the MCG on Saturday.
"Even if I just make it on the field I'll be pretty stoked," said Lutkins, who will line up for the Bulldogs.
"It's going to be a completely different game to club footy."
"I didn't know it was going to get to this,'' she said. "I could only dream of this in years to come."
Lutkins and her 49 teammates and opponents on Saturday will go down as trailblazers for the women's game.
She hopes it is a pre-cursor of more to come, with the AFL using the draft and game as the first step to developing a national women's league.
"It's pretty massive," she said.
"Playing at the MCG is going to be pretty amazing."
Once the excitement of her weekend in Melbourne is over, Lutkins' attention will return to her club side Yeronga.
The two-time defending premiers have not been beaten in two-and-a-half years and Lutkins hopes it stays that way for the rest of the season, at least.
"Every club has their time on top," the University of Queensland animal technician said.
"It's nice enjoying it, but it takes a lot of hard work to maintain."
While the sport is almost all-consuming at the moment, Lutkins has another big goal to strive for this year.
In November, she is off to Colombia for the Futsal Women's World Cup.
It is the off-season for futsal so Aussie Rules is keeping her fit between monthly Australian training camps.
"It's going to sneak up very quickly," she said of the world cup.
Lutkins hopes to improve her fitness as the tournament gets closer, but is conscious of not over-doing it.
"Eat extremely healthy," was her response when asked how she would improve her fitness.
"There is a balance between not over doing it and doing enough.
"I'll do a bit of running, strength work and core strengthening.''