Abbey Green shook off any sign of early nerves back in front of a home Launceston crowd on Saturday to play out a subtle hand for North Melbourne-Tasmanian Kangaroos in retaining their undefeated AFLW state run.
The Blues TSLW ruck had debuted against GWS Giants to come on to relieve Vivien Saad a number of times in the latter parts of each quarter.
Green had a first touch in minutes of sprinting from the interchange, shooting off a handball before receiving the ball back for a clearing kick out of defence straight away.
The polished involvement drew the first lot of cheers from Launceston teammates standing close to the fence.
"As soon as I got out there, I heard them and it just pumped me up," Green said.
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"I was probably 10 metres away from the ball, but I could still hear them cheering for me, so it got me up and about you could say."
The 23-year-old finished the 18-point victory with four kicks and two handballs at 67 per cent efficiency. But it was tasting an AFLW win at UTAS Stadium around familiar surrounds that she cherished.
"It was incredible - this was stuff that I have dreamed of as a little kid," she said.
"To be able to have my friends and family here, and really good support around me, [the win] was just a surreal moment and it's something that I will never forget."
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