On February 21st longtime Magpies veteran and key forward Kim Hemenway, will travel to Sydney, Australia to try out for the AFL women’s combine.
Kim will join fellow USA Freedom player, Katie Klatt, to participate in the AFL talent search camp and is looking to impress in front of talent scouts that are identifying potential players for an AFL women’s competition that is scheduled to launch next year.
Magpies president, Paul Guarino, is ecstatic about Kim’s decision to attend the camp, after watching her footballing progression over the years.
“The New York Magpies are thrilled about this exciting opportunity for Kim. Women’s football has grown exponentially here in the USA over the last decade, and it’s an honor to have one of our Lady Magpies represent the club at the AFL women’s combine in Australia.”
Kim’s athletic history reads like a childhood wish-list, full of diversity and accolades. She played basketball and soccer, ran track, and did martial arts at high school. Then in college she continued on with soccer, playing on the military Olympic soccer team as a goalie.
After first seeing Aussie rules while in Brisbane at a navy-organized event, Kim grew to love the game when she began playing in North Carolina. In her first year she stood out as a footballer….not only because of her natural ability with the oval ball, but because the Tigers didn’t have a women’s team at the time, and she was playing alongside the men.
The following year Kim joined the New York Magpies Women’s team, where she continued to dominate on the field. Since joining in 2009 she’s earned multiple golden boot awards for the club, achieved best on ground awards at national tournaments, and represented the USA Freedom at the international level. In 2014 she made the World Team at the International Cup, where her deadly accurate boot earned her the leading goal scorer award for the tournament.
Back at the New York Magpies her coach, Christina Licata, says she always knew the day would come where Kim would take her skills to a whole new level.
“Kim has always impressed with her skill and athletic ability. She’s a hard worker, a team player, and a fantastic footballer. I have no doubt she’ll give it her all at this camp. We’re very proud of what she’s already achieved, and look forward to seeing how far she can further her footballing career.”
The idea of heading to the other side of the world can be daunting for anyone, but Kim is up for the challenge and says that having fellow American Katie Klatt there alongside her will help her focus and perform at 100%.
“Katie and I have been talking about the trip. It’s great to have two of us there instead of just one. We’re now representing the US together. I think having another teammate lights an extra fire of motivation, because we both want to succeed and we both want the best for each other.”
Utilizing the extended New York Magpies network, Kim has managed to easily figure out accommodation in Sydney, and has prepared herself as best she can for the camp. While she might be travelling to the other side of the world, the support from New York will always be with her as the well wishes from the Magpie army continue to flow in.
“I truly feel like I have a family within the footy community. I love this sport. I love these people, and I really want to make the most of this fantastic opportunity.”