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Template:Infobox AFL biography Jacinda Barclay (born 18 February 1991) is an Australian sportswoman who has played baseball, Australian football, and American football at high levels. She has represented the Australian national team in five Women's Baseball World Cups, and played professional football for the Chicago Bliss in the Legends Football League and Template:AFLW GWS in the AFL Women's competition. For her success across multiple sports, one writer has called Barclay "the Sonny Bill Williams of women's sport".[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Barclay grew up in Chidlow, Western Australia (a rural locality in the Perth Hills), and attended La Salle College. As of 2016, she was working in the professional diving industry as an assistant life support technician, and had aspirations to become a sports psychologist.[2]

BaseballEdit

Barclay spent her entire junior baseball career on boys' teams.[3] A right-arm pitcher, she made her state debut for Western Australia at the age of 15 (at the 2006 national championships), and the following year was included in the national squad for the first time.[4] Barclay represented the Australian national team (the Emeralds) in the 2008 World Cup in Japan at the age of 17. She won a silver medal at the 2010 World Cup in Venezuela, and has since played in three more world cups (Canada 2012, Japan 2014, and South Korea 2016).[5]

Australian footballEdit

Barclay began playing Australian football at the age of twelve, although she gave it up for a period in order to concentrate on baseball.[2] At amateur level, she played for periods with Template:WAFL SD in the West Australian Women's Football League (WAWFL) and the UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays in the Sydney Women's AFL competition.[6] Barclay represented both Western Australia and NSW/ACT at the AFL Women's National Championships.[7][8] She was drafted to Template:AFLW GWS with the 65th pick overall in the 2016 AFL Women's draft,[9] and made her senior debut for the club in round one of the 2017 season, against Template:AFLW Ade at Thebarton Oval.[10]

After playing six games in 2017, Barclay signed for the 2018 season with Greater Western Sydney during the trade period in May 2017.[11]

American footballEdit

Barclay began playing American football in 2012, while living in Chicago. Her initial attempts to win a contract in the Legends Football League were thwarted by her visa status.[1] Barclay later signed with the New South Wales Surge for the inaugural 2013–14 season of LFL Australia (the competition's only season so far). She played as a quarterback, leading her team to a title and winning an award as the best offensive player in the league. In 2016, Barclay was scouted by the Chicago Bliss in the main LFL competition in the United States.[12] She won a championship in her first season.[13]

AFLW statisticsEdit

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2018 season[14]

Template:AFL player statistics legend Template:AFL player statistics start |- style="background-color: #EAEAEA" ! scope="row" style="text-align:center" | 2017 |Template:AFLW GWS | 34 || 6 || 4 || 3 || 27 || 9 || 36 || 13 || 10 || 0.7 || 0.5 || 4.5 || 1.5 || 6.0 || 2.2 || 1.7 |- ! scope="row" style="text-align:center" | 2018 |Template:AFLW GWS | 34 || 7 || 4 || 3 || 41 || 31 || 72 || 23 || 20 || 0.6 || 0.4 || 5.9 || 4.4 || 10.3 || 3.3 || 2.9 |- class="sortbottom" ! colspan=3| Career ! 13 ! 8 ! 6 ! 68 ! 40 ! 108 ! 36 ! 30 ! 0.6 ! 0.5 ! 5.2 ! 3.1 ! 8.3 ! 2.8 ! 2.3 |}

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Why GWS Giants recruit Jacinda Barclay is the Sonny Bill Williams of women's sport", The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 October 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Emeralds star taking Giant steps forward", Baseball Australia Media, 13 October 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  3. "A first as pair step up to men's plate", The West Australian, 11 August 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  4. "Jacinda hits new heights", Hills Gazette, 1 June 2007. Retrieved from Factiva, 18 February 2017.
  5. "Players: 2016 Women's World Cup Team / Jacinda Barclay", Baseball Australia. Retrieved 18 FEbruary 2017.
  6. "Women’s AFL Draft: 11 Swan Districts players recruited for inaugural season", Eastern Reporter, 17 October 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  7. "SA, Victoria and WA name their teams for the 2011 AFL Women’s National Championships", WorldFootyNews, 26 May 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  8. "Inaugural NSW/ACT women’s side named", AFL NSW/ACT, 5 June 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  9. "Your Latest GIANTS", GWS Giants, 12 October 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  10. Jacinda Barclay, AustralianFootball.com. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  11. "AFLW: All the clubs' full lists after trade period - AFL.com.au". Telstra Media. 26 May 2017. http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-05-26/aflw-all-the-clubs-full-lists-after-trade-period. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  12. "BLISS UPGRADE BEFORE THEIR OPENER WITH SIGNING OF LFL AUSTRALIA QUARTERBACK JACINDA BARCLAY", Legends Football League, 12 May 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  13. "Skills trump sex appeal as women blaze a trail", The West Australian, 18 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  14. "Jacinda Barclay–player stats by season". Australian Football. http://australianfootball.com/players/playerseason/jacinda%2Bbarclay/19914. Retrieved 21 March 2017.

External linksEdit

Template:GWS Giants AFL Women's player squad Template:Inaugural GWS Giants AFL Women's team Template:2016 AFL Women's draft

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