Friday, September 11, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Clocking up 150 games of AFL at a Senior club is an impressive achievement for any athlete. Throw in the shorter seasons of women’s football and it’s nothing short of incredible that Amanda Robertson has hit this milestone this year during the Preliminary Final at David Grays Arena on Sunday the 13th of September 2020. Amanda will be the third player to play 150 games for Claremont Women's Football Club. 

Coming to Australia from Hong Kong in 2003 to study at UWA, Amanda grew up playing any sport she could get involved in, eventually representing Hong Kong in hockey during her high school years. After gaining a degree in Human Movement (Exercise and Sports Science) and a Graduate Diploma of Education, Amanda started teaching PE at St Hilda’s and then Methodist Ladies College, where she has been teaching for the past 13 years. 

Amanda sought out Claremont, then the Claremont Piranhas out of necessity; she needed to teach students how to play AFL, but didn’t have any experience playing. She was hooked from the moment she started and has developed into a formidable small forward.

Amanda has set a wonderful example throughout her career for her disciplined, methodical and selfless approach to the game. She has a ruthless attack on the ball and is always first to the footy. Playing in number 28 since her first game, Amanda is well regarded as one of the most experienced female AFL players in the State.

Amanda’s trophy cabinet overflows with her achievements for Claremont. Amanda consistently receives accolades each season, she has been awarded "Most Courageous" almsot every year she has player, along with Rookie of the Year and Tiger of the Year; the club's award for the person who best represents our club values.

Off-field, Amanda has held a range of leadership positions at the club, from general committee member to Club President. he has been instrumental in the growth of the club and in the alignment with Claremont Men’s.

As her knowledge of the game and abilities grew, she also started to devote more time to developing the club’s younger athletes. Amanda started coaching out of necessity after a knee injury sidelined her for the better part of a season. Her aptitude was recognised immediately, as she was asked to coach for Metro and State Development Squads and for our Rogers Cup (U18) squad. In March of last year, Amanda was asked to be an assistant coach for the Medleys team in the AFL Multicultural Program and in October she was appointed the Head Coach of the Diversity team in the same program. 

In 2018 and 2019, Amanda spent a significant portion of time extending the club’s reach across the District and has been rewarded for her efforts this year. Amanda is the Head Coach of Claremont’s Rogers Cup squad and is currently leading them through their most successful season in our history.,

We’d like to thank Amanda for her devotion to our club and her ongoing commitment to the growth of Women’s AFL in WA. Her achievement is nothing short of incredible, and will earn her life membership to the Claremont Women’s Football Club.