Dairy teen juggles two sports on one weekend

Football, netball and milking cows - teenager's weekly routine

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JUGGLING ACT: Bushfield teenager Gretta Gleeson plays netball for Koroit and football for Warrnambool. The Emmanuel College student, who also works on her family's property, took up footy this season. Picture: Chris Doheny

JUGGLING ACT: Bushfield teenager Gretta Gleeson plays netball for Koroit and football for Warrnambool. The Emmanuel College student, who also works on her family's property, took up footy this season. Picture: Chris Doheny

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Footy a new pursuit for netballer.

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GRETTA Gleeson is pleased her football matches are on Sundays - it gives her time to recover in time for netball the following Saturday.

The Bushfield-based teenager plays netball for Hampden league club Koroit on Saturdays as a goal shooter in both the 17 and under and A1 competitions.

Sundays are reserved for her newest sporting pursuit - football.

FREEDOM: Teenager Gretta Gleeson enjoys spending time outdoors and is considering a career in the agricultural field. Picture: Chris Doheny

FREEDOM: Teenager Gretta Gleeson enjoys spending time outdoors and is considering a career in the agricultural field. Picture: Chris Doheny

Gleeson, 16, is six games into her Western Victoria Female Football League career with Warrnambool.

"It's pretty challenging but at least I have netball on the Saturday and if I do get a bit sore I have a whole week to recover," she said.

The Blues' ruck was named best on ground against Hamilton Kangaroos in their most recent match.

Weekends aren't just reserved for sport.

Gleeson, who goes to Emmanuel College and enjoys PE classes with Hampden league life member Leah Kermeen, milks cows on an Allansford dairy farm her family leases.

NEW SPORT: Gretta Gleeson is enjoying playing football for the first time in 2021. Picture: Chris Doheny

NEW SPORT: Gretta Gleeson is enjoying playing football for the first time in 2021. Picture: Chris Doheny

"Saturday nights I go out and milk and then Sunday mornings and then I head off to football," she said.

Working in the industry appeals to the year 10 student as she enjoys "the freedom, the fresh air and your pets".

"It is about the time to decide," Gleeson said.

"I am thinking about a few options, something in the agricultural industry."

Gleeson, who was runner-up in the Hampden league netball 15 and under best and fairest, is learning the football ropes.

Netball remains her "main priority" but she is enjoying immersing herself in a sport she'd never played before.

"A few friends asked me at school, I went off to training, introduced myself to the coach, then got a footy jumper, had to get some shorts and then I was good to go," she said.

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