When Bendigo's Kodi Jacques was growing up her dream was to play football on the big stage.
Surrounded by siblings who were footy obsessed - including Bridgewater FNC's Liam Jacques - the foundations were set for career on the oval.
"I've always had a footy in my hand since I was born," Kodi Jacques said.
"But when I was growing up I really didn't know about all the pathways to women's football.
"I played netball for the Heathcote Saints for nine years but one day I attended a talent identification day for football.
"I asked my mum if I could switch over to football, my parents always knew I had a natural talent for it."
And the rest is history, after learning the craft as a player with the Bendigo Thunder and Pioneers, before too long the opportunity to play with the Richmond Tigers in the VFLW emerged.
Jacques is currently in her debut season with the Tigers and is enjoying every single moment of it.
"The first few practice matches and games were a little daunting playing against some AFLW players, but now I'm finding my feet and putting together some really strong game performances," Jacques said.
Jacques was named in the VFLW's Team of the Week for her top performance during the Tigers' round five 22-point victory over Geelong, final scores 8.7 (55) over 5.3 (33).
Jacques booted two goals in the game and was also named among the team's best on ground .
"During that match it was my first game with Richmond in the forward line. I was tucked down there and managed to get on the end of a few good goals," Jacques said.
She feels most comfortable playing across the mid-field but declares she is able to play a variety of positions.
"As long as I'm on the ground, I'm happy to play wherever," Jacques said.
Jacques' dedication to the sport involves frequent trips up and down the Calder Highway several times per week to attend training sessions with the Tigers.
Jacques will have the opportunity to play with the Tigers this Sunday against the Casey Demons on Bendigo's Queen Elizabeth Oval for round eight of the VFLW season, game starts at 1pm.
"Hopefully we will get a few people down for the game," Jacques said.
"All my family and friends will be down to watch. It's always good to get back to where you are from to give back to the community."
The Tigers currently sit second on the VFLW ladder with an undefeated 5-0 record and will head into this weekend's match filled with confidence following a 21-point win over NT Thunder during round six, final scores 7.7 (49) over 3.10 (28).
The Tigers will BE fielding a team in the AFLW next season and if Jacques continues on her current hot-streak, the opportunity to fulfill her dream of playing in the nation's top league is more than possible.
"It would be amazing, its everything I have ever wanted to do," she said.
"Even when the AFLW wasn't around I would always say to Liam that I wanted to be the first girl to play in the league.
"Hopefully I can make the team by continuing with top form and putting in all of the hardwork."
Most sportswomen and men drop names of world superstars as their biggest influence.
However, for Jacques it's a whole lot closer to home - it's older brother Liam.
"He and my family have always been so supportive. He is my biggest influence and I've wanted to copy and do whatever he does," Jacques said.
"I always remember watching him play footy when I was younger and thinking, one day I would love to have a crack at that."
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