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AFLW world shocked by sudden passing of Giants player Jacinda Barclay

Jacinda Barclay. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)
13th October, 2020
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Greater Western Sydney AFLW player Jacinda Barclay, who also represented Australia at five baseball World Cups, has died at the age of 29.

A host of her AFLW counterparts took to social media with tributes while GWS CEO David Matthews said Barclay would “always be a part of our club”.

“Jacinda was a much-loved member of the Giants family and we are all devastated by her passing,” Matthews said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Jacinda gave up a great deal to follow her sporting dreams around the world and we are grateful that she called our club home for four years… Jacinda’s spirit and infectious personality made her a popular and unforgettable member of the Giants family.

“She will always be a part of our club.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with Jacinda’s family and friends during this extremely tough time.”

The talented sportswoman made her international baseball debut as a 17-year-old and won a silver medal at the 2010 World Cup before she played American football in Australia and the US between 2012 and 2016 and then turned her attentions to AFLW.

Barclay joined the competition in the Giants’ first season in 2017, playing a total of 23 games and kicking 11 goals in four campaigns.

The West Australian born Barclay began playing Australian Rules football at the age of 12 but concentrated on baseball in her teenage years.

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She represented Australia’s national women’s baseball team the Emeralds at World Cups in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Barclay’s American football career included spells with the NSW Surge for the inaugural 2013–14 season of LFL Australia and as a quarterback led them to a title in the competition’s lone campaign.

In 2016, Barclay was scouted by the Chicago Bliss for America’s Legends Football League and won a championship in her first season.

She returned to Australian Rules football when the AFLW began.

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