Infotainment Factory: Harris shrugs off drama-filled week in AFLW triumph

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Friday, 22 March 2019

Harris shrugs off drama-filled week in AFLW triumph


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Tayla Harris has put an upsetting week behind her with a starring role as Carlton overwhelmed Fremantle by 36 points to reach the AFLW Grand Final.

Harris was prominent in attack and kicked a goal as the Blues upset the Dockers 9.10 (64) to 4.4 (28) in Saturday's preliminary final final at Ikon Park.

Following the surprise win, Harris opened up on what was a trying week for both her and the club.

"If anything it's helped me a lot," Harris said in her post-match interview.

Tayla Harris

"This kind of stuff I use as motivation. I just realise it's an opportunity for me to do what I did, to stand up and I've done that. I've allocated a day for it did my thing and then moved on.

"I had an outpouring of support, obviously from the broader football community, my teammates, and friends and family, so I was feeling really safe and really supported, but I do feel for my family and my friends.

"I know it would affect them and I did all I can to reassure them that I'm okay, which I am."

The Blues were bottom last season and this is their first AFLW grand final.

Tayla Harris

They will meet the winner of Sunday's preliminary final between Adelaide and Geelong.

Harris marked and goalled at 13 minutes and Blues captain Brianna Davey signalled her team's intent with a crunching tackle that sent Ashlee Atkins off holding her right shoulder.

The Blues led by four points at the first change and should have been further ahead.

They broke clear in the second term kicking 4.2 to one behind for a decisive 29-point lead at the main break.

- With AAP

Tayla Harris has put an upsetting week behind her with a starring role as Carlton overwhelmed Fremantle by 36 points to reach the AFLW Grand Final.

Harris was prominent in attack and kicked a goal as the Blues upset the Dockers 9.10 (64) to 4.4 (28) in Saturday's preliminary final final at Ikon Park.

Following the surprise win, Harris opened up on what was a trying week for both her and the club.

"If anything it's helped me a lot," Harris said in her post-match interview.

Tayla Harris

"This kind of stuff I use as motivation. I just realise it's an opportunity for me to do what I did, to stand up and I've done that. I've allocated a day for it did my thing and then moved on.

"I had an outpouring of support, obviously from the broader football community, my teammates, and friends and family, so I was feeling really safe and really supported, but I do feel for my family and my friends.

"I know it would affect them and I did all I can to reassure them that I'm okay, which I am."

The Blues were bottom last season and this is their first AFLW grand final.

Tayla Harris

They will meet the winner of Sunday's preliminary final between Adelaide and Geelong.

Harris marked and goalled at 13 minutes and Blues captain Brianna Davey signalled her team's intent with a crunching tackle that sent Ashlee Atkins off holding her right shoulder.

The Blues led by four points at the first change and should have been further ahead.

They broke clear in the second term kicking 4.2 to one behind for a decisive 29-point lead at the main break.

- With AAP

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