Ahead of the AFLW Grand Final, Melbourne captain Daisy Pearce wants the attention far away from her potential final game.
For the second time in 12 months, Pearce and the Demons will face off for the premiership that has eluded them thus far when they take on Brisbane at Brighton Homes Reserve in Springfield.
But with Pearce a chance to hang up the boots after Sunday, fanfare may be unavoidable, not that Pearce will give it any airtime.
“It’s not reality, you won’t really find many people making it about me,” she said.
“I do get a bit uncomfortable about it because I’m just a small part of it. And you know, Mick (Stinear) and Paxy (Karen Paxman) Lil (Lily Mithen) Lampy (Sarah Lampard) Loz (Lauren Pearce) and Kate Hore – all these people that have been there since the early days.
“I honestly – I am playing for them, as much as I am playing for any legacy of mine. It’s not the be-all and end-all to me and it’s definitely not to the club either, it’s bigger than one person.
“For me, the result just means we get a memory to last a lifetime, and a reason for us to keep getting back together over the years, and that’s bigger than anything.”
A second-successive grand final berth is the culmination of a consistent performance year-after-year by the Dees, who have routinely put themselves in positions to challenge for the title, a point not lost on Pearce.
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“[There’s a sense of] pride and just gratitude from a playing perspective,” she said.
“It’s not lost on me that every single season I’ve played AFLW in and that we’ve gotten to play as a club, you’ve felt like you’re a chance of contending, and that, I don’t think has been the case at every club so it’s pretty special.
“It’s something I’m proud of, but it’s also something I’m grateful for because of the amount of work that goes into that.”
As for beyond Sunday, Daisy is choosing to live in the moment and keep her options open for 2023 and the future.
“I honestly haven’t made a decision on it, I’m just going to let myself stay in the moment and enjoy this week and have an almighty crack on the weekend and then just see where the dust settles on that,” she said.
“It kind of feels like there are way too many variables in it for me to make a call, [so] just wait and see, at the end of the year.
“I don’t feel like it hangs on the result, I’m a pretty intuitive, gut-feel sort of person, I just need time to let it all sink in and see where I’m at and sit down and have a chat with the list manager and coach, that kind of thing.
“It’s just not something that I’m rushing to make the call on, [I] don’t feel the need to. I’m just looking forward to going out there and competing on the weekend.”
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