Once reluctant to play AFL, Delma Gisu is set to create history when she runs out on the field for the GWS Giants.
The Carinity Shalom Christian College graduate will become the first woman from the Torres Strait Islands to play in the AFLW.
Hailing from Mer Island (or Murray Island) in the Torres Strait some 250km off the north coast of Queensland, which has a population of less than 500 people.
However, Aussie Rules wasn't Gisu first choice.
“I wasn’t interested in AFL, no way near interested. It wasn’t for me. I just wanted to stay with basketball,” she said.
“I played football in the school competition after one of the PE teachers asked me to play. I said, ‘Okay, I’ll just play one game and that’s it’… and all of a sudden I’m here in Sydney.”
Carinity Shalom Christian College staff helped Gisu make the move from Townsville to Brisbane to play for Wilston Grange in the QWAFL.
She kicked 13 goals in 13 games for her side to help them win the Premiership last season before running out for the Gold Coast Suns during the 2018 Women’s Winter Series.
The 22-year-old hasn't been named in the Giants first game against the Brisbane Lions but already has a match under her belt for her new side after taking to the field in the Giants 47-point win over the Lions in their practice match.