Harrington, Hynes to make AFLW debuts in season-openers

BENDIGO “code-hopping” footballers Kerryn Harrington and Eliza Hynes will both make their AFLW debuts in Friday night’s season-opening clash between Carlton and Collingwood.

Harrington has been selected in Carlton’s team, while Hynes will line up for the Magpies at IKON Park.

Former Bendigo Spirit point guard Harrington – who grew up a Carlton supporter – was named at centre half-forward for the Blues.

“It’s going to be awesome out there on Friday night,” Harrington said.

“Watching the first game from the stands last year, I was inspired by what was happening in front of me and it was that moment that I decided to have a dip at it.”

Hynes has switched to football following a stellar volleyball career in which she represented Australia in both indoor and beach.

The 26-year-old, who has been earmarked for a role in the ruck, has been named on the interchange.

“In total it will be just my fifth game of football if I do run out on Friday night,” Hynes told the Bendigo Advertiser earlier in the week before the release of the round one teams.

“Stripping it right back and saying I have no expectations is a good way of looking at it. I don’t know what my best is, and nor does anyone else.

“If I do run out on Friday night my sole intention is just to give it a red-hot crack and aim to keep improving.”

Among Hynes’ team-mates is former Bendigo Thunder captain Emma Grant, who is lining up for her second AFLW season with the Magpies.