Our very own Jen PLUMB played a significant role at the 2014 VWFL season launch on ANZAC Day at Shepley Oval Dandenong captaining the VWFL All Stars team against the Australian Defence Force in the clash for the ANZAC Cup.

The 25 year old footy veteran was shocked to be named as the VWFL All Stars skipper saying; “I was named as skipper about 5 minutes before running out on Friday. It was very unexpected and a great privilege to be able to captain the VWFL All Stars.“

Jen is a highly valued member of the Sharks and is regarded by many including our very own Team Manager Queen Ann as a fantastic club person.

“Jen has great personality and is a fabulous person to have at the club. I’ve worked with her at league level in the past and she always puts herself forward to help wherever she can. We’re very lucky to have her at the Sharks.”

Jen’s involvement in the game is more than just as a player, she also works as a trainer for both the Vic Metro Youth Girls side and the Calder Cannons Youth Girls Academy. Jen loved her involvement with the All Stars saying;

“It was great to work with different people from all different clubs around the VWFL getting to know them over the course of 2 weeks. I had heaps of fun and the girls were a great bunch of people to play alongside.”

Having started playing at age 15 for Wyndhamvale in the Youth Girls competition Jen is keen to give back to a game that is very close to her heart.

“Working alongside the youth girls program is something I really enjoy. It’s great watching the younger generation grow not only into great footballers and footballers of the future but as great people as well.”

Originally from QLD, Jen got to experience the ultimate in footy as the Vales won the flag in her first year back in 2006. She’s done plenty in footy already having represented Victoria against Queensland in the inaugural junior youth girls interstate challenge before crossing the city to play for Berwick in the VWFL South East Division in 2008. The Wickers just fell short on the last day in 2008 but Jen again got to experience the ultimate in 2011 when she was a member of the VU St Albans senior team that demolished Darebin to win the flag. Injuries derailed her 2013 season and Jen is now itching to join her Sharks team mates on the ground.

“In 2013 injuries held me back from playing, I’m very much looking forward to the new season and playing for the Sharks in official games.

Jen is at home in the forward pocket where she loves nothing better than sharking the crumbs to kick a goal or passing off to a team mate in a better position and she’s also keen to spend a bit of time down back.

As a 3rd year uni student studying a Bachelor of Education, Jen will one day be guiding and developing the next generation of students, a job she’s already doing in football.

We can see her being involved in our great game for a long time to come, she’s a person who clearly gives back as much as she gets and loves to help others.

“I love the social aspect of the game where you get to meet different people. Working together with people, helping people and learning new things both on and off the field. That’s what I love.”

CONGRATULATIONS JEN, your mates at the Sharks are very proud of you!

Leesa Catto