Jasmine Simmons grew up in the same town as Adelaide forward Taylor Walker, played for the same local footy club - North Broken Hill Football Club - and idolised him growing up.
Now, about a decade later, Simmons has landed at the same AFL Club as her hero.
Simmons is the Crows’ latest AFLW recruit after earning a rookie contract with Adelaide for the upcoming season.
The 22-year-old said it was an honour to be given a chance by the Crows.
“It’s so exciting and it brings a lot of hope to people from Broken Hill,” Simmons said.
“Tex’s family is really good family friends with my parents.
“I grew up watching him play and we played at North Broken Hill Football Club together.
“It’s such a small country town and to say that I’ll be at the same (AFL) club as Tex is just amazing.”
Simmons is also a talented basketballer, having spent the past three years playing hoops at Oregon State University.
The point guard captained the Australian Sapphires, where she led the way at the FIBA Under-17 World Championships in 2016, making the All-Star Five.
She then helped the nation’s women’s basketball team win gold at the World University Games in 2019.
Since returning to Australia, the dual sports star has combined her love of footy and basketball.
The 180cm utility has been lining up for Gol Gol Womens Football Club, North Broken Hill Football Club in regional NSW, as well as playing basketball with the Selkirk Ballarat Rush in the NBL1.
Simmons was looking forward to being part of the AFLW and the special culture the Crows had built.
“Noffy (Ebony Marinoff) and Phil Harper came down to see my family and it showed to me what the Adelaide Football Club was about,” Simmons said.
“That was so special to me and my parents and my brothers, that they took the time to come out to a little place called Gol Gol (in NSW).
“It emphaised the values and culture of the footy Club.”
The AFLW pre-season kicks off on September 1.