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Magpie’s stunning transformation reaping rewards: Jasmine Garner reveals motivation for weight loss AFL

JASMINE Garner was nominated as the forward most likely to take the inaugural AFLW season by storm by Collingwood teammate Moana Hope at the start of the year.

While neither Garner nor Hope had the season at the Magpies they would have craved, Garner realised that potential Hope had flagged in the State of Origin match on Saturday.
A five-goal breakout performance has put Garner on the footy map.
And it’s on the back of a truckload of hard work, with the forward dropping 15 kilograms in the space of a year.
“I’ve been trying to work a lot harder up the ground,” Garner told
“I found myself last year struggling to work up and push back so this year with the conditioning, the extra work I find I can push up, push back and I’m able to score goals as well.
“I think what has improved are my second and third efforts, ground balls, bending down and picking the ball up. Usually I’m the tall timber down forward, but to be able to pick the ball up and score goals like that is where I’ve improved.”
While the key to Garner’s new-found mobility isn’t rocket science — “mainly just running and eating habits” — it shows what can happen to players when they’re put in an elite working environment.
“Until I got drafted to Collingwood I’d never really used a gym,” Garner said.
“I’m learning about that, getting running programs, doing those in the off season and absolutely loving it right now.”
Hope has also shed weight, up to eight kilos, through diet and exercise.
While she wasn’t included in Victoria’s initial squad, some solid late season form for new VFLW club Melbourne University earned her an eleventh hour call up.
Hope didn’t have the same six-goal cracker as she did for the Western Bulldogs in the exhibition match at Whitten Oval last year. But she showed signs that would be encouraging for Collingwood and its supporters.
Always dangerous at ground level, she was strong above her head. Her running patterns had also expanded.
“We took a while to gel last year and if we’re getting fitter and getting our bodies into better shape, next year we’re going to work well together,” Garner said.
The St Kilda Shark was the beneficiary of a dominant Allies midfield, with Daisy Pearce putting on a clinic with 37 touches.
Pearce was ably assisted by the likes of Ellie Blackburn, Emma Kearney, Alicia Eva and Karen Paxman, all of whom delivered lace out passes to the Allies forwards.
“It was so amazing out there,” Garner said.
“Playing alongside Daisy, Blackburn, Kearney ... the delivery is just awesome and the forward line with Perko (Sarah Perkins), Mo, (Sarah) Darcy ... you get a bit of a chop out and I was the lucky one who ended up with five.”
While fitter than ever, Garner said the load she’d carried in 2017 had been tough, undergoing an AFLW preseason, AFLW season, VFLW preseason and VFLW season.
Amplifying the load has been an increased intensity at VFLW level — a byproduct of the new national competition, which can only augur well for the second AFLW season.
“I think even this year coming back to VFL, all the other girls have worked a lot harder. On game day, the intensity is right up there,” Garner said.

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