Perkins reflects on VFLW return

Box Hill and Hawthorn forward Sarah Perkins has reflected fondly on her return to VFLW football.

Suiting up for her first game since 2021, Perkins booted two goals to go with her 12 disposals in her side’s one-point win over the Western Bulldogs.

The 29-year-old also balances being a development coach with playing, which she said is a good challenge to have.

“I’ve been playing footy for a long time and I’ve been playing a bit of a leadership role up forward in anything that I’ve been in so it’s not too much different to what I would normally do,” Perkins told the VFL/W State of Play podcast.

“It’s just being a bit more open and having that direct conversation with ‘Macca’ (Alex Mackenzie), our forward line coach, a bit more so it’s a bit of a different role.

“When I’m out there playing, I’m playing and when I’m coaching, I’m coaching, so just finding the balance.” 

Box Hill is undefeated to start the VFLW season, having recorded a draw and a narrow victory in the first two rounds. 

Perkins said there has been plenty to learn from the two performances. 

“The team has given us a good scare for the past two weeks,” she said.

“I spent the last minute and a half on the bench (during the Western Bulldogs game) so it was nice heart attack areas but good to be on the board for season 2023 and heading in the right direction. 

“There’s always room for improvement and we’re dusting off all the cobwebs but there’s plenty of positives from the first two weeks too.”

Looking ahead to Round 3, the Hawks face the Southern Saints in an Easter Sunday blockbuster at RSEA Park.

Perkins was looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s their spiritual home down at Moorrabin,” she said.

“It’ll be a good contest on Easter Sunday, everyone’s looking forward to it. 

“We’ve just got to bring our best. 

“We played them in a practice match at the start of March so we’ve had a little bit of a hit-out against them.

“We’ll know what we’re up against and they’ll know what they’re up against.

“Hopefully it’s a good hit-out and a good display of women’s footy.”

Entry to Sunday’s game is free, with the first bounce at 3pm.

The game will also be live-streamed on, the AFL Live Official App and the AFL Women’s App.

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