Fleurieu-turned-Adelaide woman Ruth Wallace will pull on the red, blue and yellow next year to represent the Adelaide Crows in the AFL Women’s League.
She joins former Victor Harbor woman Abbey Holmes as the second Fleurieu export.
From the Norwood Football Club, 24-year-old Wallace has had a diverse and dynamic sporting career already. This has included a significant tenure with the Adelaide United soccer club, playing women’s A-League soccer and running the New York marathon with the Robert De Castella Indigenous Marathon Project.
She also played Gaelic football and this year has had an outstanding season both at Adelaide University in the Adelaide Footy Women’s League and in the inaugural SANFL women's competition with Norwood.
Now she will be wearing Crows colours, and she couldn’t be more excited.
“There had been a bit of talk all year, it’s just pretty overwhelming because you think you could be there... but you never know.
“I’m very honoured to have my name called out with a lot of girls I’m playing with now. Hopefully everything falls into place.”
Wallace’s was one of the key performances in the Redlegs victory over the Roosters earlier this year and when Adelaide University Blacks had a comprehensive grand final victory over Salisbury, Wallace received best on ground honours.
When Ruth was younger, she used to do a lot of other sports such as knee boarding and netball.
“I went to Willunga High School and regard myself as a beach/country girl living in the Aldinga Beach/Moana area and spending a lot of time at Victor Harbor.”
She still has family on her mum’s side living on the Fleurieu and said as mad Crows fans, they are “super proud”.
“My mum, Gill and dad, Warwick have also been great support.”
Wallace hoped that through her work in Athletics SA’s Aboriginal programs and as a female footballer, she can inspire the next group of Aboriginal footballers.
“When it gets really hard, that’s what I think about – being a role model,” she said.
“My Indigenous heritage comes through my grandad who is a Wuthathi man from Cape York, Pedro Wallace (Wallis), and his wife, my gran, Ruth Hennings, who is from Mornington Island.”