'We're all still buzzing': Why Jackie's happy as Parry jagging goals

WHAT'S it like to play in a forward line when absolutely everything goes to plan?

Melbourne's Jackie Parry booted a career-high three goals in the Dees' outstanding nine-point win over North Melbourne in round three, a game which saw the victors pile on six majors in the second term alone.

"It was everything that we've been training. It's amazing when a play can be performed on the weekend when we train it over and over again. It's pretty awesome stuff," Parry told womens.afl.

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"We'd prepared pretty well, and we knew that they were going to be a really challenging team so that we were going to have to bring out our best, which I think we did.

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"The rooms were buzzing, we're all still buzzing from the win. Especially because they're such a good side, we can have a bit of confidence now."

There's no doubting the Demons have a tall forward line, with Tegan Cunningham (186cm), Eden Zanker (183), draftee Alyssa Bannan (177cm), Parry (176cm) and then the class of Kate Hore (170cm), but it's been their ability to share the load that's impressed in team's undefeated start to 2021.

Melbourne is averaging 53 points a game – the second highest in the competition behind Brisbane – and three goals more than last year's 34 points.

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"We're all learning to work off our strengths and allow each player to shine when they need to shine. It's been great with Bannan, you'd think that she'd play like a tall, but she can play everything, which has been a massive asset," Parry said.

"With 'Teags', her aerial is phenomenal. She showed care to bring the ball to ground in front of me on the weekend, it was her goal.

"All the forwards have their own unique skills that I think it's really coming together really well this year. It's pretty exciting."

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Parry's own confidence in playing at AFLW level is beginning to grow in her second season.

The 24-year-old played some junior footy with Prahran in Melbourne's inner south but switched to soccer, a move which she says can still be seen in her slight cross-swing kicking style.

When in Canberra to study finance at Australian National University, Parry was encouraged by friends to come down to a few training sessions with the uni's footy team, the Griffins.

"They were so, so welcoming and so lovely and it was just such a great club. I just fell in love with football all over again and played a season with ANU," Parry said.

Jacqueline Parry warms up prior to the round one clash with Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium on January 30, 2021. Picture: Getty Images

"Then I moved over to Queanbeyan Tigers for more of a challenge because the competition in Canberra is really good, it's a really high-quality competition.

"I played some VFLW invitational games with GWS, so I did some training with the Giants and I learned a lot from them and from Alan (McConnell, GWS coach).

"But I made the decision it would probably be best for me to move back home to my family in Melbourne. Chatting to Todd (Patterson, Demons' list manager), there was a great opportunity here and I could move home, so it worked out."

Parry viewed last season, where she played three games and kicked two goals, as one of development, using Melbourne's winter lockdown as an opportunity to work on her fitness and in particular, her strength.

With gyms shut, she borrowed equipment from a colleague at financial consulting firm KPMG, and did the best she could in her apartment.

"Pete (Mercoulia), who's our forwards coach, taught me a little bit about Olympic weightlifting, so I've been working on my technique and getting a lot stronger from home," she said.

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