Younger Prespakis destined to make her own name in AFLW

BEING the little sister must be tough sometimes.

Being the little sister of an AFLW best and fairest winner would be even more difficult.

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Georgie Prespakis has steadily been making a name for herself in her own right over the past few years, dominating junior football ranks, an ever-present threat round the stoppages in her long sleeves and blonde ponytail.

She's two-and-a-half years younger and four centimetres taller than Carlton star Maddy, and like her older sister, Georgie won't be waiting long to hear her name read out at Tuesday's NAB AFLW Draft.

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"When I started at Calder Cannons, it was obviously a bit like, 'you're Maddy's sister', but now I'm used to it, it's not a big deal," Prespakis told womens.afl.

"If anything, it's probably sort of a good thing. I'm proud of what she's achieved, and she's done some amazing things already in the AFLW.

"But I've made my own name for myself and I hope that I can hopefully take that into the AFLW and do good things just for myself, not for anyone else, really."

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The two don't really talk too much footy outside of exchanging the usual pleasantries (e.g. good game, well done), but Georgie, a member of the NAB AFLW Academy, has been able to get an excellent insight into what's required at the top level.

"It's been a long process for her, and she's looked like she's had so much fun along the way especially at Carlton, but it goes to show how much hard work you got to put in, too," she said.

Prespakis played juniors with the boys in Romsey (uninterested in anything below under-10s as she wanted to tackle), and then crossed to Sunbury when she was around 14, playing in the under-18 youth girls' competition.

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Quickly ushered into the Calder Cannons development program, she took out the then-TAC Cup best and fairest at just 16 in 2019.

Following her NAB League season this year, she has lined up for Essendon in the VFLW, playing four games and named her side's second-best in the Bombers' two finals thus far.

"I love to be able to win a contested ball. I love to be able to win my own footy, but especially just being able to transition from the back line and the forward line (as a linking player)," Prespakis said.

"A tackle can be something special too, especially when it's a chase-down tackle when you didn't think you had it in you. Not so much kicking a goal, after a goal I don't really know how to celebrate, I'm a bit awkward."

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Prespakis is currently working at Strathmore Secondary College, assisting in the PE department (where she isn't afraid to help out the losing team during class matches) and has a burgeoning footy photography hobby.

"It's just so soothing, it's just enjoyable, it's so relaxing," Prespakis said.

"It's not pressured, you can just go to the local footy and get a good photo here and there, and if it's a pretty good photo, you feel good about yourself, and other people enjoy the photos."