Being the daughter of a St Kilda legend would be more than enough to bank on heading into a maiden AFLW season, but Alice Burke was determined to carve a name for herself in 2021.
Tough and hardworking just like her father Nathan Burke, the new No. 3 provided a reliable presence down back and a strong defensive element to the Saints’ young engine room.
Burke made her debut in the club's season opener against the Western Bulldogs – the side her dad coaches – before lining up for a further three games for the year.
The 18-year-old's best came in Round 7 against GWS, where she accumulated a gritty 10 disposals and 10 tackles in deplorable conditions.
Despite her rich football bloodline, Burke is a recent convert to Aussie Rules, having excelled in soccer at state level.
Burke was selected with pick No. 24 as St Kilda’s first father-daughter recruit in the 2020 Women’s Draft.
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