Last weekend marked a significant milestone for Zillmere Eagles’ Teegan Stevenson, who played her 100th Senior match for the club.
The inside midfielder lined up against Coolangatta last Saturday, and while the team couldn’t get over the line, they had a real crack against one of the competition’s best.
It’s also an achievement for the club, with Stevenson the first woman to reach the 100 game mark.
The Brisbane Lions supporter started footy like many, at a NAB AFL Auskick clinic. She signed on with the Zillmere Eagles in 2008, and the rest as they say, is history.
It was the right fit for someone who enjoys a sporting battle.
“I really love the competitiveness of the game and not only that, it’s a lot of fun playing with your team mates,” said Stevenson.
“This club is my second home, I love going to training and playing on game day, it’s just a great family atmosphere.”
For Stevenson, her time has included two grand finals, two premierships, and her fondest memory, representing her state in 2009.
“Playing for Queensland was a great honour and has helped me in the long run with my football career,” said Stevenson.
“I don’t think there are any words to explain what it feels like to play in the grand final… there are lots of nerves and lots of thinking about the game, but as you run onto the field, you just play the game as usual and as best you can,”
Stevenson is honoured to be the club’s longest serving player.
“I never thought I would make it to 100 games. I just think it’s really good that women’s football has gotten this far and it’s very exciting.” Said Ms Stevenson.
“I’m very proud. You hear everyone else getting to 100 games, but you’d never think women would make it to 100 games at a senior level.”
There is no slowing down for Teegan who vows that while her body is still going, she will still be playing football.
She would also like to win more premierships.
“I have no plans to leave this club and would love to win a few more premierships. That would be awesome,” said Stevenson.
By Phil Coquerand