Ebony Bilcich capped off a remarkable season in the SWFL women’s competition, where she tied with Fleur Parker for the 2019 Nola Marino Medal.
It’s been a hectic year for the 21-year-old, who shifted between basketball and football commitments with the same degree of passion.
Prior to April, Bilcich met with coach Max Jetta and her father Stephen, who coaches South Bunbury at both colts and league level, to discuss her plans during the winter months.
She decided to play both sports and heeded their advice about committing 100 per cent to each team.
“On Wednesdays I didn’t have anything on except coaching, which became quite a relaxing night for me I guess,” Bilcich said.
“Tuesdays were definitely the most exhausting as I had both basketball and football training sessions and I sometimes struggled during the sessions physically.
“But the girls around me in both teams just really helped me to push through.”
Should she continue to excel in football, there is every chance Bilcich could follow in her father’s footsteps and forge a successful career in Perth with East Fremantle, with the Sharks a powerhouse in the newly-formed WAFLW competition.
But for now, Bilcich is keen to share the good times with her dad, family and teammates, as the Tigers prepare for a date with the Bulldogs on SWFL women’s grand final day this Sunday.
“I think he is pretty happy for me and just proud of what I’ve achieved,” she said.
Justin Fris-South Western Times
Thursday, 12 September 2019 1:56PM