AFL MAD: Skye Elliott is an AFL great, and she hasn't even finished primary school.
AFL MAD: Skye Elliott is an AFL great, and she hasn't even finished primary school. Molly Glassey

Rough, tough, in the dirt and off to state

TWO Warwick athletes, are poised to be sporting greats, and they haven't even finished primary school yet.

Skye Elliott and Chloe McGrady both made state for male-dominated sports, beating out some of Queensland's best to make the Queensland AFL and rugby league teams respectfully.

At 11 years old, Skye Elliott is almost a veteran of AFL, having played for six years and known as a star among the Warwick Redbacks.

"I started when I was about five years old," she said.

"I just wanted to play a sport and mum encouraged me to do it."

This year she made state level for the sport, having already dominated in her Redbacks and Darling Downs teams.

"I was the lucky last one to be picked at state," she said. "I was so nervous.

"And I thought I would get reserve, but no, I got the real thing."

Skye comes a AFL-mad family, with her mother and aunty both Redback coaches.

"I support Adelaide Crows, Mum supports Essendon, my sister also supports Essendon, my aunty supports Port Adelaide and my dad supports Freemantle," she said. "There's always a lot of cheering at home."

She said any girls tossing up whether to join the sport, should at least try it once.

"The good thing about it is, is maybe you don't like someone very much, and get angry, you can put it on the ball," she said.

"You learn certain skills, teamwork and speed."

When Skye started AFL she said player numbers were "huge".

"But now a lot of girls are going to play rugby league," she said.

And that's where Chloe McGrady is taking the state by storm.

Her coach, Vicki Kirkland, said Chloe only began playing at the start of this year, but soon found herself at the state championships in Ipswich.

"She's a really quiet girl, but she's got all the abilities of rugby league," she said.

"She can read the play really well, and knows what to do."

Like Skye, Chloe made the Southern Downs girls rep side, before being picked for Darling Downs and making it to state.

"She's only 11 and she's playing for under-12s," Ms Kirland said.

"She's quite amazing."



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