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Girl-power takes the field

Victoria University alumnus Shannon McFerran led a premiership-winning Victoria team to victory in the Women's Football League championships in Adelaide last week.

The Victorian side beat Western Australia by more than 80 points for the flag in a sport that is increasingly gaining popularity among women –Australian Rules Football.

McFerran, 31, who recently played her 200th game for the Victoria University-St Albans Spurs team, captained the state team as a much-decorated veteran of the league.

The midfield rover has been a five-time Victorian Women's Football League(VWFL) medallist since taking up the sport in 1998. During the 2009 national premiership, she won the medal for best player of the tournament, best on ground, and was named captain of an All Australian team – all while battling a now-treated brain tumour.

"I really do love the sport and couldn't imagine giving it away, even after the surgery," she said.

The Pasco Vale resident completed a Bachelor of Arts in Performance Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education at VU in 2004. Off-field, she is a teacher with Sports Education and Development Australia (SEDA) and coaches other young women in the sport.

Other current VU students who were also part of this year's winning VWFL team included:

  • Samantha Smith, 22, from Kilmore, who is studying paramedics at St Albans Campus;
  • Kara Donnellan, 19, from Narre Warren, who is studying for a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at Footscray Park Campus;
  • Ashleigh Guest, 21, from Flemington, who is studying for a Bachelor of Applied Science (Secondary Physical Education).

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