You wouldn’t be wrong to suggest former Georgie Parker will be like a fish out of water at the Battle Of The Battlers.
Parker has travelled the world as a hockey player, representing Australia at the Olympics, World Cup and Commonwealth Games, playing at some of the great sporting arenas.
Yet on Sunday she will be at Koonung Reserve for the marquee match between the Nunawading Lions and Ardmona Cats, as they battle it out to end a horror run of consecutive losses.
Parker has swapped hockey stick for a Sherrin and on Sunday she will pick up the microphone for a new role, sitting alongside BT aka Brian Taylor in the commentary box.
“I can’t wait for the game and to see one of these teams finally break their losing streak. It’s going to be great fun and I’m wrapped to be joining BT, what a legend,’’ Taylor said.
“I can’t imagine what it must be like for these two teams. I’ve been so fortunate in sport that I haven’t been part of a team that’s had a very lengthy losing run.’’
During her 100 plus games with the Hockeyroos, Parker dealt some savage blows to opposition, but said the girls always tried to show respect, especially against the hockey minnows.
At times the Hockeyroos were between a rock and a hard place. Parker said this was evidenced in their 25-0 win, in 2015, over Samoa in Oceania qualifying match.
“Samoa isn’t a great hockey nation and we were so far ahead in that game, but you can’t just stop trying,’’ Parker recalled. “We didn’t want to embarrass them. But we couldn’t go easy on them either, as it would have probably been worse to lose against a team they felt was not trying its best.’’
Earlier this year, Parker called curtains on her Hockey career and signed as a rookie for Collingwood for AFLW season. She played two matches for the Magpies and guess what – they won both.
Parker admits she liked mixing it up in hockey so the transition to the AFLW has been smooth.
“The first season was an enjoyable experience. I was rookie listed so had to wait for an injury, but it was great to get on the park for a couple of games,’’ she said. “There is a lot of similarities, in terms of the game itself.
“I was probably one of the rougher girls at hockey and like mixing it up, so I enjoy that side of the game.’’