When Amelia Van Oosterwijck runs out in the red, white and blue tonight, she will not only mark a significant moment in her sporting life, she will also notch up a Western Bulldogs club milestone.
In the fourth AFL Women’s season, debutante Van Oosterwijck will become the 50th Western Bulldog woman to play for premiership points.
The 18-year-old recruit from the Oakleigh Chargers will also become the first female Bulldog to have a surname beginning with the letter V.
George Valentine was the first male 'V' to play V/AFL footy for the Dogs, back in 1927, and he has since been followed by Jack Vosti, Geoff Van Der Feen, Algy Vosilaitis, Carl Vesty, Brenton Vilcins and Patrick Veszpremi, while 2018 draftee Laitham Vandermeer will be looking to join Van Oosterwijck as a new Bulldog 'V' in 2020.
Van Oosterwijck will become the 50th female Bulldog 94 years after the 50th male Footscray VFL player made his debut.
Bill Freyer, an ex-South Melbourne player, marked the milestone when he pulled on the hooped jumper for the first time in June 1926, on the same hallowed Whitten Oval turf that Van Oosterwijck will grace tonight.
For Bill, that game ended in a disappointing loss. Amelia Van Oosterwijck and her Bulldog teammates will be doing all they can to ensure the opposite result tonight.