October 30, 2020
Junction Accounts Officer Justine and her Daughter Caitlin.
Growing up, Justine Gould spent most weekends cheering on her Adelaide Football Club heroes.
Never did she imagine that one day she’d be a mum to her very own Crows star.
Today the Junction accounts officer still never misses a match - but these days it’s the AFL Women’s league with Justine’s daughter, Caitlin, a key Crows player.
“It’s so exciting for Caitlin and our whole family,” Justine says. “My husband Jeff and I are so proud of both our girls, Caitlin and Brianna, and we are very close. It means so much to all of us.”
A talented netballer and State volleyballer, after completing year 12 at Brighton High School, Caitlin was asked to apply for a volleyball scholarship to the United States. However, she didn’t want to leave her family and friends and chose to stay in South Australia.
Her move to footy was more by chance.
“Caitlin went out to Happy Valley Football Club with a friend in 2018 to have a go in their Women’s Open Trials,” Justine explains. “She always gave her all in every sport. She had the basics in kicking and marking but her leap, determination and aggression made her stand out.
“She dominated in the ruck and played all season.”
The team won the Grand Final and Caitlin received Best on Ground. She also was joint Best and Fairest as well as the Adelaide Football League’s Rookie of the Year. In 2019, she was invited to play for Glenelg, which she did, winning their best and fairest too.
That’s when the AFLW came knocking.
“She was contacted by GWS, St Kilda and Crows in July 2019 for the draft in October 2019,” Justine remembers.
“Caitlin of course wanted to be home playing for the Crows. That was her choice and dream. Achieving that was such a whirlwind and unbelievable time for her.”
Caitlin’s debut game for Adelaide was round two against St Kilda.
“Jeff, Brianna and I were allowed in the rooms and listened to the pep talk before the game,” Justine recalls. “Caitlin was presented with her guernsey by Jeff and Erin Phillips in front of the team. Caitlin ended up getting 12 disposals and kicked a goal and the Crows won their first game of the season by 13 points.”
With the AFLW growing in popularity and prominence, the Crows - particularly Caitlin – have a strong following at Junction.
“Junction and the finance team have been amazing,” Justine says. “They put a big poster up in our area when she got drafted and watched some of the highlights from her debut game.”
With the Women’s Season due to start in February 2021, Justine is quietly confident.
‘We have a lot of players due back from injury and have just secured some new talent in the draft.
“It’s very exciting and can’t wait to see how they go.”