'It was so good': Hungry Lion striving for more success in career-best season

GRETA Bodey has started her third season of AFLW footy in fine form, kicking four goals in four games and impressing with her knack to evade congestion. 

In fact, Bodey has kicked Brisbane's first goal of each season since she joined the club in 2020 and has been an ever-present threat in a dynamic forward line.

This year, however, it's a newfound confidence that is pushing the half-forward to be better. 

"I came to footy pretty late, I hadn't played it before, so I was just getting used to it," Bodey told womens.afl. "Now I have a bit more confidence in my role for the team and what I could actually contribute to the team in a premiership season last year." 

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She didn't just contribute last year in the Lions' drive to the flag, she was a key member of the side. Kicking nine goals from 11 games, Bodey averaged 3.1 score involvements and 1.9 inside 50s from her 12.1 disposals each week. 

That being said, winning the premiership hasn't satiated Bodey's desire for success. In fact, it has done the exact opposite.

She wants to taste that premiership success again "because it was so good".

A strong QAFLW season off the back of that flag and feeling strong in her body has led Bodey to improve yet again, but the forward is focused heavily on finding consistency through her season. 

"I felt like I had a pretty good start to the season last year, but just kind of died off in those middle rounds, so my goal this year has been to try and maintain that consistency," Bodey said. 

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This season Bodey has added to her highlight reel, showcasing her agility in attack and a real awareness of what is developing around her, and attributes her goal sense to her time as a striker in soccer. 

Bodey is averaging a career-high 12.5 disposals, 4.5 tackles and 3.5 score involvements so far this year, to go with her four goals. 

In addition to focusing on her own game, Bodey has taken on a leadership role with some of the young forwards, emulating the relationship she had with Lauren Arnell in her first two seasons. 

"Having her for the first two years of my footy journey was really helpful because she's such a smart player, and I think that the high half-forward role, when I first started, I found it such a confusing and challenging role," Bodey said. 

"Having her there, she's got great leadership and she did lead by example … but she's been a big one for my footy IQ learning." 

Arnell isn't the only leader Bodey has looked to in her time at the Lions.  

"[Womens CEO] Bree Brock is a champion of the women's game, and then we have an emerging champion, if I can say that, in Emma Zielke. It's great to have a female coach that we love still having around the group, and she's really helpful for us," she said. 

"Just having people that are invested in women's footy is really, really helpful and gives us a belief that we are doing something cool here." 

Greta Bodey hugs former captain Emma Zielke after Brisbane's 2021 Grand Final victory. Picture: Getty Images

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