|Full name||Sarah Perkins|
|Date of birth||26 July 1993|
|Original team(s)||Eastern Devils (VWFL)|
|Draft||2016 free agent: Adelaide|
|Debut||Round 1, 2017, Adelaide vs. Greater Western Sydney, at Thebarton Oval|
|Height||173 cm (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (209 lb)|
|Position(s)||Full-forward / ruck|
|S7 (2022)–||Hawthorn||5 (1)|
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 1, 2023.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2017.
Sarah Perkins (born 26 July 1993) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Hawthorn Football Club in the AFL Women's competition. She previously played with the Adelaide Football Club, Melbourne Football Club, and Gold Coast Suns.
Early life and state league career
Raised in Melbourne, Perkins played netball and soccer before playing Australian rules football. At thirteen, Perkins was told she would no longer be able to play contact sports due to a spinal disc herniation, so she concentrated on netball for the next three years. However, she decided to start playing Australian rules football at sixteen, joining the Eastern Devils' youth side in 2009 and becoming a two-time Victorian under-18 representative before playing in the Devils' senior side in the Victorian Women's Football League (VWFL) in 2012. In 2016, she kicked fifty-two goals and finished third in the leading goalkicker award, behind Moana Hope and Katie Brennan, and was named in the VWFL team of the year. In the eighteen months before being recruited, she lost 40 kilograms (88 lb) to fulfill her dream of playing AFL football, reducing her BMI from 45.1 to just 31.7.
AFL Women's career
After being overlooked in the 2016 AFL Women's draft, Perkins was recruited by the Adelaide Football Club as a free-agent. She debuted in the thirty-six point win over Greater Western Sydney at Thebarton Oval in the opening round of the 2017 AFLW season. Labelled as the league's first cult hero by the ABC, she recorded eight disposals, three marks and a long-range goal, and earned the nickname "Tex" after The Cruel Sea lead singer, Tex Perkins. In addition, her performance in the match drew comparisons to Adelaide captain and full-forward, Taylor Walker, who is also nicknamed "Tex".
In her second match, she kicked two goals to help Adelaide defeat the Western Bulldogs at VU Whitten Oval by twenty-five points; her skills in the match led to Herald Sun journalist, Eliza Sewell, writing "she leads well and takes a strong grab...she uses her body well and a set-shot goal from forty-five metres impressed even the Bulldogs fans," Furthermore, Fox Sports Australia journalist, Sarah Olle, wrote "Perkins' leading patterns are terrific. She’s quick off the mark, uses her size to great effect, has a monstrous kick and loves a celebration" and the Australian edition of The Huffington Post said she is a player people need to know about and she is as strong as she is inspirational.
Perkins kicked four goals and created scoring opportunities for her teammates in the seventh round win against Collingwood, leading to her being named Player of the Week by the AFL Players Association.
On 25 March 2017 Perkins and the Adelaide Crows defeated the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium to become the inaugural AFLW premiers. Perkins played an instrumental role in the Crow's success, and was named on the forward line in the 2017 All-Australian team.
On 18 May 2017, Adelaide signed Perkins for the 2018 AFLW season. In 2019, Sarah was delisted from Adelaide. In 2020, Sarah was added as an injury replacement player to the Melbourne list. In the 2020 AFLW Draft, Sarah was selected at pick 23 to the Gold Coast Suns.
Updated to the end of S7 (2022).
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|Season||Team||No.||Games||Totals||Averages (per game)||Votes|
Honours and achievements
- AFLW All-Australian team: 2017
- Adelaide leading goalkicker: 2017
- Gold Coast leading goalkicker: 2021
- Victoria Australian rules football team: 2017
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- Prime, Toby (26 October 2016). "Eastern Devils forward Sarah Perkins recruited to Adelaide for 2017 AFL Women's competition". Monash Leader. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
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- "AFL Women's: Adelaide Crows destroy GWS Giants by 36 points at Thebarton Oval". ABC Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
- "Sarah Perkins reflects on Adelaide's first win, comparisons to Taylor Walker and shedding 40 kilograms". Fox Sports (Australia). News Corp Australia. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
- Sewell, Eliza (10 February 2017). "Sarah Perkins was overlooked on AFLW draft day and is determined to prove her worth". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
- Olle, Sarah (10 February 2017). "Sarah Perkins was given an AFLW lifeline when she was selected as a free agent — and she's paying the Crows back in spades". Fox Sports (Australia). News Corp Australia. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
- Cooper, Luke (10 February 2017). "There's An Adelaide Crows AFL Women's Player You Absolutely Need To Know About". The Huffington Post. Verizon Communications. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
- "AFLW Player of the Week: Round 7". AFL Players Association. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
- Navaratnam, Dinny (28 March 2017). "Lions, Crows dominate AFLW All Australian team - AFL.com.au". AFL.com.au. BigPond. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
- Wood, Lauren (19 May 2017). "Adelaide Crows re-sign co-captain Chelsea Randall and Sarah Perkins". The Advertiser. Adelaide, SA: News Corp. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
- "Sarah Perkins–player stats by season". Australian Football. Retrieved 27 March 2017.