Jasmine Simmons is good with a basketball.
She’s also handy with a football.
And now it’s a bit of a juggling act, as the 22-year-old plans to, for the immediate future combine both of her passions – and pursue not only the NBL One, but the Australian Football League in the women’s competition.
After returning from America a few months ago where she played basketball, Simmons was welcomed back onto court by the Big V Division One Heat team.
She also was a handy pick up for Gol Gol in the Sunraysia Women’s Football League’s, when basketball allowed it.
Recently, Simmons returned back to Broken Hill, where her football journey began and enjoyed a one off game with her old club – the North Broken Hill Bulldogs.
“It was so fun to play for the Northies again, being the club that I grew up playing for,” Simmons said.
“I grew up playing with the boys, it was my first sport, and they invited me back for a game with the women’s senior league.”
Simmons played football from age seven, and when she moved to Mildura she played for the Demons until Under 15s.
“I had to hang up my jumper and retire because back then there wasn’t a women’s league.”
Simmons said although football is up there when it comes to her love of sport, basketball remains her passion.
“But when I came back (from America) and started playing football I realised how much I loved and missed playing,” she said.
“Basketball and football are so different culturally.
“And I love the fact you can be more physical in football and not get a foul for it.
“All round football is just a great sport.”
After moving to Ballarat in the past fortnight, where she will play with their NBL One team, Simmons was back in Mildura again last weekend where she met with the Adelaide Crows to discuss her footballing future.
They had watched Simmons in action in Broken Hill, and impressed by what they seen, she was on Wednesday announced as their newest recruit in the AFLW.
“I am so excited to be playing with the Adelaide Crows,” Simmons said.
“It just doesn’t feel real.”
It was expected Simmons would play WNBL this year, but as the season overlaps with football, she’s decided to forgo the upcoming season and see where her football journey with the AFLW takes her.