That’s because the 21-year-old only picked up the game of rugby union last year after being introduced to the code through an inter brigade competition at her Brisbane Defence Force posting.
Fast track to a year later, and the Sydney-native has found herself as an integral part of the Rebels’ Super W forward pack.
As she reflected on what has been a very whirlwind journey from serving fulltime in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in Queensland to shifting to Melbourne to play rugby, Bradbery says her learnings of the game has increased drastically after making the move south to the Rebels.
“This is a really prolonged time for me because usually our camps (in the ADF) are only a few weeks, so it’s been good to have constant contact with rugby and refreshing every week and learning more,” she said.
“It’s a great platform to keep developing when you’re doing it all the time and constantly thinking about rugby.”
Bradbery’s move down to Victoria to pursue playing a season in 15’s rugby came about after seeing the Rebels’ expressions of interests advert for the Club’s Super W team.
When her former ADF and now Rebels Assistant Coach Aaron Callister persuaded her and fellow ADF friend, now current Rebels Super W flanker Brooke Moselen, to try out for the team, it was something which Bradbery couldn’t refuse.
“Our last ADF competition was in October last year, and we saw through the Melbourne Rebels’ Facebook group that they had opened up trials Australia wide,” Bradbery said.
“We also knew Aaron Callister through the Defence Force and he encouraged us to come down for the trials.”
The decision to move down has paid off handsomely for Bradbery, with the lock looking to be selected for the Super W team’s final match against the Waratahs Women’s team and complete playing in all four games. And her secret to performing consistently in matches comes down to three simple actions which the forward endeavours to follow each match.
“My points every week going into a game is be strong in the lineout, be strong in the scrums and be a supporting player when we are running the ball,” Bradbery said.
While the team hasn’t enjoyed the results which they set out to achieve, Bradbery says the experience of playing for the Rebels has been a thoroughly enjoyable.
The feeling of comradery amongst the team and the ability to further her knowledge of rugby has encouraged Bradbery to keep playing a sport which is still relatively new to her.
“I just feel so lucky we’ve had this opportunity and my workplace has been so supportive of me coming down here,” she said.
“The has embraced me coming in and that the team has included me as a sister,” Bradbery said.
“It’s definitely continued to interest and make me keener about the sport, but it’s still only my first year in the sport, so I’m just keen to keep playing more rugby, I guess.”