It is a acquainted story, with an thrilling new dimension. Softly spoken Danielle Ponter is the niece of Michael Lengthy, and the cousin of Cyril Rioli, and she or he is on the verge of changing into the primary feminine member of this well-known soccer household to make it to the big-time.
The daughter of Lengthy’s sister Susan, and former St Mary’s stalwart Shane Ponter, from Darwin hung out with Essendon’s VFLW facet this yr, becoming a member of cousin Michaela Lengthy (Michael’s daughter). Ponter began enjoying as an 11-year-old in an under-16s competitors in Darwin, and hasn’t appeared again.
She is now eligible to be drafted by Adelaide via the membership’s Northern Territory zone. The mixed Lengthy-Rioli household has yielded an extended listing of AFL footballers, and Ponter desires to make her personal mark.
“We grew up fairly shut,” she informed the Sunday Age. “My cousins I name my brothers and my sisters, as a result of that’s how shut we have been after we have been little. That relationship hasn’t stopped and I don’t assume it should.
“It’s good to know what my household has completed.