Women's football pioneer counts her blessings

Cassie Hartley in action with Glenelg.
Picture: Glenelg Football Club

Cassie Hartley in action with Glenelg. Picture: Glenelg Football Club

WHEN Cassie Hartley started playing football over two decades ago she never imagined one day she would be recognised as one of the pioneers of the game.

Women’s football has come a long way since Hartley, who grew up in Mildura, saw an advertisement in an Adelaide paper asking for players.

It’s now one of the fastest-growing sports in the country and the establishment of AFLW has provided a clear pathway for aspiring young players.

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