Just 12 months ago Natarsha Bamblett had never run onto a football field competing as part of a women’s Australian Rules football team.
But after just one season, the former Shepparton woman stepped on stage during the grand final special of the Footy Show.
Selected out of a huge pool of regional female footballers, Ms Bamblett said 200 women were chosen to take part, led by female host Rebecca Maddern.
‘‘All women footballers in regional Victoria got offered a chance to go,’’ she said.
Describing the experience on stage as ‘‘overwhelming’’ and ‘‘crazy’’, Ms Bamblett was more nervous to perform, given the fact she was a dancer.
‘‘I really didn’t want to stuff it up in front of 12000 people and everyone watching on national television,’’ she said.
However, once on stage, Ms Bamblett did what she knows best, and strutted her stuff with those chosen alongside six AFL women’s league players.
‘‘I felt like a famous superstar looking out to the crowd who were all cheering,’’ she said.
‘‘I felt like I was on top of the world; it was awesome.’’
It had been a big week for the young Yorta Yorta woman, also crowned best-and-fairest in the Northern Football League’s DivisionTwo competition.
‘‘I just started playing this year,’’ she said.
‘‘Women’s footy has taken off like a rocket. It’s an opportunity for young girls not just to play, but to look up equally to women and men in the sport.’’
Ms Bamblett took the chance during her time backstage at the Footy Show to speak with some of the women’s AFL players she idolised.
‘‘They were so funny; so down-to-earth,’’ she said.
The national television appearance caps off a huge year for Ms Bamblett after she was crowned Miss NAIDOC this year.