Elizabeth Skinner

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Elizabeth Skinner is an Australian Women's Footy champion and player.

Elizabeth (aka Liz, Lizzie, Skinner) played for the Melbourne University Mugars in the Victorian Women's Football League. Lizzie started her football career with the Mugars in 1998 and won the club's best and fairest in her first season.[1] Lizzie also received the Scorpions VWFL Best New Player of the Year in 1998 and was a multiple premiership player with the Mugars (2002, 2003 and 2005). Lizzie represented Victoria in the AFL Women's National Championships on three occasions (2003 - Darwin; 2004 - Melbourne; 2005 - Adelaide) and was selected in the All-Australian team at all three Championships.

Lizzie starred in the inaugural VWFL match played at the MCG which was held on Mother's Day, Sunday May 9th, 2004. In a best-on-ground performance, playing across the half-forward and full-forward lines, Lizzie kicked eight goals in a match-winning performance.[2] The match was played between the Melbourne University Mugars and the St Albans Spurs, in a rematch of the 2003 VWFL Grand Final, as a curtain-raiser before the AFL match between Melbourne Demons and the West Coast Eagles. The match was tightly fought, with Lucy Puls, Chyloe Kurdas and Natalie Wood also starring for the Mugars. The final score was 11.11.77 to 7.8.50.

Lizzie was named in both the VWFL team of the 2000s and on the half-forward flank in the Silver Jubilee team at the VWFL 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner.[3] Lizzie retired from the VWFL at the end of the 2005 season.

Lizzie is also a senior physiotherapist specialising in physiotherapy within the Intensive Care Unit, and was granted her doctorate in 2011. Her thesis was titled 'Health-related quality of life and physical function in Australian survivors of critical illness' and is located at the Digital Repository in the Library of The University of Melbourne.[4]

Lizzie's blog can be found at www.tendollarsaday.com.au

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