“I just want to have a crack…”
Millie Brown is no stranger to the Geelong Football Club. Her father, Paul Brown, played 84 games and booted 66 goals in the blue and white hoops from 1990 to 1998 and now it’s her turn to make history down at Kardinia Park.
Drafted at number 11 in the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft, Millie Brown is the first ever father-daughter pick for the Geelong Football Club and one of the few in the wider AFLW Competition (including Isabella Grant, daughter of Western Bulldogs champion Chris Grant, who played 341 games for the Dogs).
The calm and collected defender has found her feet in the VFL competition this season, welcomed by numerous Geelong Cats female stars who are ready to take her on board for Season 2020.
“She’s another piece of history to bring on our journey,” says Geelong Cats AFLW 2018 Rising Star nominee Nina Morrison, who has connected with Brown through their years playing Vic Country footy.
Morrison, who is only one year older than Brown, is blown away by her skills and is ready to bring her on the Cats train next year.
“Millie will fit in really well, obviously playing a few games in the VFL and finding her feet,” Morrison began.
“This year her footy has gone to a whole new level.”
Morrison knows this moment is one that will be etched into the books of the Geelong Football Club.
“It’s a history-making moment for Millie and her family,” Morrison said.
For Brown herself, the journey has already been exhilarating and she knows it only gets better from here.
“It’s pretty surreal now, that I’m actually here around everyone getting drafted,” she said.
But most of all, Brown cannot wait to get started down the highway with the Cats AFLW side that she already considers family, playing her part to reach ultimate glory in 2020.
“I feel really comfortable coming down here. I have a lot of friends, which is really comforting,” she said.
“My goal is to get a game and better my footy, whatever is best for the team.”