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Bree’s Power play

Friday, 16th February, 2018

Bree Turley with brother Lachy. Bree is one of Port Power’s new physiotherapists. Bree Turley with brother Lachy. Bree is one of Port Power’s new physiotherapists.

By Tyler Hannigan

Former local Bree Turley has scored her dream job at the Port Adelaide Football Club, becoming a physio for the AFL club.

Turley said that she had always planned to study physiotherapy.

“I was pretty set on studying physiotherapy when I finished school,” Turley said.

“I’ve always had an interest in health and fitness and I enjoy the idea of how flexible the degree can be - private practice, hospitals and sporting clubs.

“I started with the Bachelor of Health Science, but for me I didn’t enjoy the fact you couldn’t get a specific job at the end,” she added.

“So I worked hard enough to transfer out of that into the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.”

Physiotherapy has long been one of the tougher courses to study at University and Turley says that the workload is a big factor.

“(It’s) a lot of study,” Turley explained. 

“You have to keep on top of everything, otherwise it can be quite stressful to fall behind in lectures and exam study. I’m going into my third year of Physiotherapy this year. The first two years were mostly theory, but now we have to put it all together and see actual patients at the major hospitals. Next year will be my final year.”

While the study is tough, Turley’s job does have its perks.

“Being involved with a professional football club and socialising with the players is one of the best parts about the job,” she said.

“I’ll be heading to Melbourne with the team in April, and I’ve got a few other games at Adelaide Oval throughout the year. 

“I’m actually working the second Showdown in August. So I’ll have to say hey to Tex (Taylor Walker) on field.”

Her time this season will be split between the Magpies and the senior team and it’s Turley’s job to make sure the players are ready to perform at their peak. 

“My role involves strapping and massaging the players before training and games, making sure they’re hydrated and attending to them on game day,” Turley said.

“I work alongside Michael Wilson, ex-premiership player. He’s the physiotherapist so he takes us through physical examinations and we assist with player rehabilitation. So it’s a great opportunity to learn on-the-job skills whilst also helping out the club where I can.”

Turley says that while she was a Port supporter and was elated to score a job at the AFL club, her brother might be even happier.

“I’ve always followed Port Adelaide,” she said. 

“I was pretty stoked to be working with Port Adelaide Magpies last year, which is essentially the Power reserves. Unfortunately we lost the Grand Final by one point to Sturt. Luckily enough, I and a few other physio students got promoted to the Power.

“I think my younger brother Lachy was more excited for me, he loves Port Adelaide, especially Ollie Wines. Whenever I speak to him on the phone, he will ask ‘How’s Ollie?’”

Turley said that while she loves football, she’ll leave the on-field stuff to the professionals.

“I love footy. I played a few times when I was in Broken Hill but wasn’t a fan of the injuries,” she admitted. 

“I’ve played for St Mark’s (college) the past three years of living there, and captained once. It’s good because it only runs across two weekends in May, so that’s enough for me.

“I’m too busy working at Port Adelaide to be involved with any other sport. Training and games throughout the week are quite consuming on top of my studies.”

Port Adelaide took part in the Adelaide leg of the new AFLX on Thursday night and will start their 2018 premiership campaign against Fremantle at Adelaide Oval on Saturday, March 24.

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