Chelsea Biddell during her first day at the Club
Crows draftee Chelsea Biddell didn’t need to look far for football inspiration in the lead up to her draft year, with family friend Hannah Button (nee Martin) living the dream a year earlier.
The pair grew up together on the Yorke Peninsula, with Biddell going to school with Button’s younger sister Rachelle Martin.
They all moved to Adelaide for university and decided to play a sport together in the city.
Having played basketball and netball all her life, Biddell wanted to try something new, which led the trio to West Adelaide and the SAWFL.
Only a year later, all three were selected in West Adelaide’s SANFLW team.
It was a whirlwind year for the trio as Button won the SANFLW best and fairest, Martin won the Bloods’ best and fairest and Biddell finished runner up behind Martin.
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That season lead to Button being drafted to Adelaide in 2018, where she went on to win the 2019 premiership after missing just one game.
Unfortunately, with Button placed on the Crows inactive list for the 2020 season after tearing her ACL in the off-season, the pair will not play together next year.
But that won’t stop Biddell taking guidance from Button, who will still be rehabbing at the Club.
“I met Hannah at our small school and was already close with her, but when we started playing footy, we got a little bit closer,” Biddell said.
“She’s been really influential to my football career.
“She works really hard and she’s just inspired me.”
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It’s fitting the forward was drafted by the Crows, having had a close affinity with them for the majority of her life.
Her father coached the CMS Crows in the Yorke Peninsula, while Biddell played for the affiliate netball side in the navy, red and gold.
“I’ve always had those colours, so being drafted by the Crows was unreal,” Biddell said.
“I always wanted to play football, but there never really was an opportunity back on Yorkes.”
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The 21-year-old’s parents still live in Biddell’s hometown, but her dad was so excited about her being drafted, she’s sure he’ll be at every game.
“Dad was absolutely stoked when I started playing,” she said.
“He actually took me to buy my first pair of boots and he was thrilled, he was like a little kid in a Christmas shop.
“Dad’s watched every single one of my games, so I doubt he’ll miss any of these ones.”