AFLW 2022: Brisbane Lions inaugural player Sharni Webb's historic club first and all the best stories from around the league

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Inaugural Lions player Sharni Webb will run out as part of Brisbane’s AFLW squad on Tuesday for the first time in 674 days when she becomes the club’s first ever mother to play footy.

Webb last played in the AFLW in 2020 before taking the 2021 season off because of pregnancy, giving birth to her daughter Billie in June last year.

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Now, the 30-year-old is set to run out for the Lions for the first time in two years after being named to play Carlton at Metricon Stadium on Tuesday, to become the first mum to play for the club.

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Camera IconSharni Webb will return to the field seven and a half months after giving birth to Billie. Richard Walker Credit: News Corp Australia

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The versatile Lion admitted it had been “challenging” to return to footy after giving birth but had sought advice from other mothers in sport, such as Melbourne star Daisy Pearce, North Melbourne’s Jess Duffin and Queensland Firebird Gretel Tippet.

Webb said she was motivated by the challenge of returning to footy after becoming a mother.

“When I was away from (footy) being pregnant, I was probably this close to saying I was going to retire,” Webb said.

“When you’re taken away from something that’s a big part of your identity, I realised I wasn’t ready to quit just yet.

“I’ve got plenty of years to keep playing if my body allows me to.

“Footy is a big part of my life and I still want to play, so my baby isn’t going to stop that.”

It was three month’s post-birth before Webb was able to return to running and she also had to undergo a series of tests, such as jumping and running on the spot, before she could return to the field.

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Camera IconWebb will become the first Brisbane Lion’s first ever mother to play in the AFLW. Richard Walker Credit: News Corp Australia

She said only minor hiccups hampered her return, including a hamstring concern during the pre-season which she has fully recovered from.

Now, all the hard work has paid off after being named as part of Brisbane best 21 for Tuesday’s Round 3 clash against Carlton.

“Getting my name read out by (coach Craig Starcevich) the other day was just like ‘it’s here and it’s happening’,” she said.

“I kind of felt like a debutant again even though I played the first four years and didn’t miss a game.

“It’s super exciting to put (the jumper) back on a contribute like I used to, or hopefully even better.”

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