SHE MIGHT have been playing the match of her life, but Melbourne midfielder Maddison Gay had no idea how dominant she was in Sunday's win over Greater Western Sydney.
Gay finished with 19 disposals and a goal at Blacktown International Sportspark last Sunday in what was an impressive outing. Not that she knew.
"I actually didn't think that I had touched it as much as I did. I thought I was maybe on about 10 disposals by the end of the game," Gay told womens.afl.
"It was a hectic game. I didn't realise I was in it as much as I was."
Her improvement has come after working with Dees coach Mick Stinear, particularly over the past fortnight.
"Each week, I was getting my hands on the ball a bit more, so it finally just clicked over the weekend. I found myself with it a bit more throughout the game," Gay said.
She splits her time between being an onballer and being stationed in attack. Lining up in the midfield is the 22-year-old's preference but having spent most of sporting career playing netball means her endurance isn't yet quite where it needs to be.
Despite coming off a performance that saw her awarded a perfect 10 votes in the AFL Coaches' Association AFLW Champion Player of the Year, Gay said she had plenty of room to improve.
"It's been two-and-a-half years now playing footy. I would still say I have a huge amount to grow," Gay said.
Melbourne faces the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night as part of the Marvel Stadium double-header (Collingwood takes on North Melbourne in the opening match) and Gay is pumped about the chance to shine on one of the biggest football stages in the country.
"I feel like a little kid. I'm pretty excited to be playing there," she said.
Entry is free for both games, with plenty of family-friendly activities and entertainment at the ground to mark the release of Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel movie, including an interactive mural, an obstacle course, a ‘Code Like a Girl’ mobile classroom, competitions and giveaways.