Melbourne suburban footy mum declared best-on-ground just weeks after giving birth
Her team might have copped an absolute drubbing but Melbourne mum Rhiannon Crompton could not wipe the smile off her face.
Just seven weeks after giving birth via a cesarean section, the 25-year-old ran out for the Boronia Hawk’s women’s reserves at the weekend and was promptly declared best-on-ground.
“I started off in the forward line in the first quarter but the ball just didn’t come my way, so I asked the coach if I could play in the back line and get in on the action,” Ms Crompton said.
The footy-mad mum told ABC Radio Melbourne’s Breakfast program that while she had been sidelined due to pregnancy, she had still served as a runner for the senior women’s squad up to four days before she gave birth at 38 weeks.
She gave birth to Jai Rapisarda on June 22, who is a little brother to four-year-old Lillie.
Raring to play
Ms Crompton ran out for the team on Saturday, confessing she felt ready much sooner but coaching staff had urged her to watch a little longer from the sidelines.
Despite going down to rivals Vermont in a 155-point thumping, the mother-of-two said it was just great to have a footy back in her hands.
“A lot of people said I probably shouldn’t have been doing it,” Ms Crompton said.
“I guess I wanted to prove them wrong.”
Ms Crompton said she had also returned to netball competition on Wednesday nights.