Victorian hockey champion Pip Peschke has been elevated to Box Hill’s VFL Women’s list.
Peschke played hockey for six years at the Waverley Panthers in Premier League, the highest league in Victoria, winning Waverley’s Best & Fairest in 2015 and captaining her side in 2016. She officially becomes a Hawk following the season-ending ACL injury diagnosis of teammate Dana de Bondt.
“Being called up into the squad was really exciting, and when that happened it really made me feel like my spot was cemented in,” says Peschke.
Like many players who have joined women’s football on the huge participation wave of recent years, Peschke’s first taste of Australian Rules came on the back of an invitation to the AFL Victoria Academy, whereupon she decided to play local football.
“In my wider friendship group, a lot of the guys play at St Mary’s Salesians Football Club in Glen Iris and this year they put in for a girls’ team, so a lot of the girls from that friendship group came in as well. I did well and I really enjoyed it.”
A whirlwind re-entry into football was completed when Peschke was one of eight Box Hill players to run out onto Etihad Stadium to play in St Kilda’s inaugural women’s football clash against the Australian Defence Force All-Stars on April 23.
“That was really good to play,” reflects Peschke. “I still love hockey but there was a bit of a decline with the league so I thought I’d try, for no other reason than to try something new, and I really enjoyed it.”
Peschke joins the Box Hill squad with the Hawks still yet to get the first four points after two matches. As far as she’s concerned, there would be nothing better than playing in her side’s historic first victory.
“If I can string together a few good games, hopefully it gets to the point where I do get picked and hopefully we can get a couple of wins.”