Learning her AFLW fate through a Bluetooth car speaker, Launceston tall Abbey Green has travelled a different route to the norm.
As fellow Blues draftee and close friend Mia King sat in on the draft at the Melbourne Showgrounds, Green was going through the motions, working for JJ Richards and Sons.
"I was actually working at the time, surprisingly I didn't take the day off," she said.
"She said my name and I was over the moon, I couldn't believe it and I had a little scream in the car, which was exciting."
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Followed by North Melbourne on Instagram minutes before teammate Kearney announced her upcoming selection, Green said she certainly had an inkling before her phone lit up full of messages and support.
"The phone just started blowing up and I had calls from North Melbourne congratulating me and friends and family giving me the heads up that I've got through. It was an exciting time.
"They were pretty keen on having me on board. Obviously I'm 183cm so they were looking for a ruck and being from Tassie, North have the program partnership so that was also a benefit."
It's that partnership with Tasmania that has seen Launceston teammates Daria Bannister and Chloe and Libby Haines don the Roos guernsey.
Former Burnie Dockers and Brisbane Lions pair Emma Humphries and Brittany Gibson, and Clarence's Nicole Bresnahan all line up for the affiliated side while Green, King and fellow 2020 draftee, Ellie Gavalas add to that list.
"Funny enough, we [Mia and I] live in the same street, we play for the same football club and she's a really great friend of mine so to be drafted alongside Mia is fantastic.
"Not only do I learn off her but she's got such a great attitude to life and I'm excited to be working alongside her at North Melbourne."
The 22-year-old former Queechy High School student is set to move to Hobart to live alongside Bannister in November before pre-season starts later that month.
Converting from national-level basketball to football following a 2015 knee reconstruction that put her sporting future in doubt, Green always had the desire to make it to the big stage.
"Ever since I was a kid it was a dream to play an elite sport. I always thought it was going to be basketball but then I did my knee and came back to football."
Getting into her new sport after seeing it announced on television three years ago, Green described her first senior game as "absolutely shocking."
"I joined up with Launceston, at the time it was Alex Gibbins and Brett Sweeney, so they pushed me and it was Ange Dickson, my current coach who gave me the idea that I could make AFLW one day. She put me into some pretty hard trainings and pre-season and this year was the year.
"My first senior game was absolutely shocking. I took a mark right in front of goal, it was pouring down with rain against Burnie.
"It was probably about 20 metres out max and I absolutely shanked the ball, it didn't go two metres above the ground. I missed the post and yelled out and swore at the time and they took away my point so it was a free kick to the other team."
A member of the TSLW team of the year for three consecutive years, Green credits Dickson for flicking a switch in her game this year, sparking the opportunities that came her way.
Funny enough, we live in the same street, we play for the same football club and she's a really great friend of mine so to be drafted alongside Mia is fantastic.Abbey Green on Mia King
"My mentality changed, my body changed and I started being a lot healthier and fitter [in pre-season].
"That's kind of when I got the confidence in football like marking and kicking and going for those goals. I didn't have that confidence in the past two years.
"I just gave it all my first game and that's how I know I can play, going back to the first game when I'm in good shape."
Green is set to wear number 26 for the Kangaroos this season, while King slides into Moana Hope's old guernsey at 23 following the marquee forward's delisting.
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