Achampong becomes first Williamstown VFLW signing
On a historic day for the Williamstown Football Club, it today announced its first ever VFLW player signing in ex-St. Kilda Sharks ruck, Rachel Achampong.
Achampong joins the Seagulls having played over 100 games with the Sharks at both Premier Division (now VFLW) and Division 1, bringing with her a wealth of experience in state-level women's football.
Having now moved across the bay from St. Kilda to Williamstown, Achampong can't wait to get started with her new club.
"I'm really excited to be a part of something new and meeting all the girls when they come in," said Achampong.
Having grown up in the western suburbs of Sydney, the 31-year old says Australian Rules football never really took her interest until she moved to Melbourne.
After the move south, it didn't take long for Achampong to fall in love with the game.
"Everyone was talking about this sport and I was like what is this ridiculous sport that everyone's watching!?"
"I started watching it on TV and thought that I'd give it a go."
While playing at another bayside football club was a big drawcard for the qualified truck mechanic, so too was the fact that the inaugural Williamstown VFLW team will be coached by one of her ex-teammates, Amy Catterall.
"Amy is a friend of mine who I played with at the Sharks and also someone I've played against when she was at St. Albans," said Achampong.
"Having a coach that I know and have 100% trust and confidence in such as Amy is really important to me."
The 176cm Achampong says that she thrives on the contest and challenge of being a ruck, although she also wouldn't be against a role change if the opportunity arose.
"I'd be keen to have a go at defence," said Achampong.
"I feel when I play in a different role it enhances the other facets of my ruckwork."
"I want to see my game continue to progress and develop, I want to find at the end of the season that I've learned things that I didn't know about football before."
"I'm hoping to bring to the Club what I feel are really positive facets of my personality."
Achampong's signing comes just over a week out from the Williamstown FC VFLW Talent ID Session, which is still accepting registrations for prospective players for the 2018 season.
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