Abbygail Bushby’s life got a whole lot busier when she was taken at pick number 24 in the national draft by the West Coast Eagles.
Originally from Karratha, Bushby is now balancing her time between Year 12 study and learning the ropes at the AFLW level.
Between homework and exams, Bushby gets on the track as much as she can to make up for missed sessions.
The 18-year-old is thankful for the help and support from her family and club.
“It’s been a bit challenging, but I think the best thing for me is having a good support system,” Bushby said.
“Both my family and the club are very supportive with it.
“At the moment I’m coming into the club on Monday nights and Saturdays, I try to get in extra sessions on Tuesdays if I can.”
From her dad teaching her football in her hometown, to getting drafted to play AFLW, Bushby thinks the feeling will never sink in.
“I was surrounded by my family and friends when I found out which made it special,” Bushby said.
“My dad shed a couple of tears.”
The Swan Districts product is a versatile left footer with good goal sense.
The exciting youngster has the capacity to find the ball and use it with precision and played consecutively in the under 17s and 18s State teams, averaging 28 disposals.
Already hitting pre-season hard, Bushby is eager to learn from her new teammates including experienced midfielder Bella Lewis.
“I like being around the midfield girls and learning from Bella Lewis,” she said.
“She’s been great teaching me the midfield craft, I want to learn as much I can.”
AFLW List Manager Jordan Loxley said he is excited about Bushby’s future at the club.
"She improved sharply over the last 12 months, reads the game well and is tough inside the contest,” Loxley said.
“There's going to be a lot of upside with Abby and we think she's going to be a really good player in the future."