Fleeced: how an AFLW skipper turned farming rouseabout during lockdown

Fleeced: how an AFLW skipper turned farming rouseabout during lockdown
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My parents, Michael and Loretta, bought the 660-acre property when I was little, and I lived there for 18 years. Dad is a sheep farmer and produces wool and meat. My brother, Josh, came back too after being stood down from his job and together we rolled up our sleeves and helped out in any way we could. This meant getting up at 6am and working through to about 6pm pulling down fences and being a “rouseabout” – that’s what we call an unskilled worker that helps in the shearing shed. To be a rouseabout, I would pick up the fleece and throw it on the tables and sweep up a bit. While it might not sound like much, it was bloody hard work and after a 12-hour day I would then have to find time to complete my strength and conditioning program.

All the players were given running and gym…



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