CONGRATULATIONS RUBY SVARC
Our first AFLW player!
Massive congratulations to our own Ruby Svarc who has been drafted to the Brisbane Lions in the 2021 AFLW Draft. As a club, we are very proud of Ruby, and can’t wait to see her playing in the AFLW!
Ruby joined St Mary’s Salesian in 2018, coming from a netball background in Rutherglen. What a year she had! She played in the 2018 Premiership side, won the VAFA Medal for best on ground in the Grand Final, won the club Best and Fairest and finished equal second, along with our own Bec Grant, in the VAFA Competition Best and Fairest.
Ruby went on to play VFLW with Essendon in 2019 and said that “This time last year I’d just played my third ever game of football. One year on and I’m playing VFLW for the club I’ve supported since I was a little tacker.”
It was so good to have Ruby come back this year and join in our small group training sessions with her trademark enthusiasm and generosity.
Ruby now joins her sister Cathy at the Brisbane Lions in the AFLW and the adventure continues – Go get ’em Rubes!
FROM DAMIAN SUTHERLAND
Ruby was such a wonderful player to come into our club in the Premiership year of 2018. First impressions, and you are in awe of her electric take off speed, lightening fast reaction time, and tenacity and hardness at the ball.
But to coach her and watch her train you realize her greatest attributes are not the natural athletic ability but more the steely determination, intense focus and sheer competitive spirit all of which are off the charts.
I’m excited that she has made it through to the AFLW and can’t wait to see her perform at the highest level.
FROM SIMON BROWNHILL
I want to congratulate Ruby on her selection to join the AFLW Brisbane Lions for next season. It is a fantastic achievement and a much-deserved reward for all the hard work and dedication in pursuing her goal to play football at the highest level.
In every opportunity, Ruby continually seeks to learn, listen, and take in advice, whether it be at a local level or through the VFLW. This was very prevalent in the training sessions Ruby attended during this year. Not only did she embrace tips on improving various aspects of her football skills – particularly goal kicking – but her enthusiasm and ability to share her skill set with others in the training group was invaluable. This is the type of player a coach loves to have in their team and one which would have stood out to the Brisbane recruiters.
Ruby’s selection as our first AFLW player is a fantastic endorsement for our Club, our playing groups and our support volunteers, and one that all of us should be proud of.
Well done (in Paul Grant’s words) “Rubster” and good luck with the next stage of your football journey. We will enjoy watching you on the big screen.
FROM THE BRISBANE LIONS
With pick 38 in the AFLW Draft, the Lions selected 27-year-old Ruby Svarc. Lions fans might recognize the name as Svarc is the younger sister of Cathy who had a breakout season for the Lions in 2020. Svarc is a speedy half-back or winger who spent the last two seasons with Essendon in the VFLW. She has similar athletic traits to her sister, loves to carry the ball, use her speed to hunt the opposition and break lines whilst in possession.
“We’re really happy to welcome Ruby to our team – she loves having the footy in her hands and taking on opponents which suits our style. She’ll cause a few headaches with her defensive pressure which is equally important. We’re thrilled she’ll be able to join her sister Cathy to continue their football journey together,” said Brisbane coach Craig Starcevich.