At simply 5’3″, Tayah Palmer is among the shortest gamers on the Chapman Valley under-16 aspect.

She can also be the one woman on the staff, as a result of earlier than this yr the Nice Northern Junior Soccer League (GNJFL) didn’t have a junior women competitors for her to hitch.

Already Tayah has superior too far to play within the women league, which debuted on the weekend, and the five-year veteran has been given an allowance by the membership to not solely play with the boys, however to play within the high division.

“The talent degree with the boys is quite a bit totally different to the women,” Tayah stated.

Action shot of Tayah Palmer in the number 3 blue jersey, tackles a boy in a red jersey on a football pitch.
Tayah Palmer just isn’t handled any in a different way on the sector.(Provided: Bec Devlin)

AFLW a dream for younger footballer

Rising up, Tayah’s mum Bec Devlin stated she all the time had a ball in her hand.

“She lives and breathes soccer,” she stated.

“She’s endlessly kicking it round the home, kicking it at folks once they aren’t prepared for it.”

Tayah Palmer, wearing white T-shirt, stands next to West Coast Eagle Josh Kennedy, wearing black T-shirt.
The younger footballer, right here with Josh Kennedy, is a passionate West Coast Eagles fan.(Provided: Bec Devlin)

The younger West Coast Eagles fan has massive goals of getting a scholarship in Perth to spice up her hopes of attending to AFLW.

She stated watching the AFLW on tv has made her much more decided to get there.

“It makes me wish to play AFLW an increasing number of,” she stated.

“It makes me wish to push tougher and pursue my goals of taking part in AFLW.”

Tayah just isn’t the primary AFLW prospect from the area — one her idols, Fremantle Dockers participant Roxanne Roux, is from the neighbouring city of Dongara.

Gender not a problem

Based on her coach David Kidd, Tayah has a robust probability of these goals changing into a actuality.

“She brings quite a lot of talent,” he stated.

He stated he inspired her to play up an age group.

“I feel for her, development-wise, it will carry her up and hold her taking place this path,” he stated.

“I feel if she stopped and wasn’t given the chance to maintain progressing it will have been quite a bit tougher for her to develop.”

Whereas Tayah boasts a small stature, her pace, steadiness, and ball dealing with abilities are what makes her a future prospect.

She stated whereas she was initially nervous to face-up in opposition to boys twice her dimension, after the primary recreation she was not involved.

“I’m tackled,” she stated.

“The boys simply fake I’m a traditional soccer participant. I am tackled, they deal with me, I deal with them like a traditional recreation of footy.”