For Melbourne Rebels super W scrum half Georgia Cormick, Saturday’s Wallaroos test match against Japan was a culmination of a myriad of envisions and dreams.
The newly minted Wallaroo back finally earned her first international cap of her career after several years of frustrations and set-backs.
Having made the Wallaroos extended-squad for 2018, Cormick was one of the last players cut before the international squad was announced, and in her preparations for the 2019 Super W season, the fleet-footed half back suffered a season ending wrist injury.
Yet all her disappointment has now turned to elation after the 23-year-old came on as a replacement to finally realise her life-long goal.
“Getting to be here was a dream come true but getting the call up to play is unreal,” Cormick said.
“I was incredibly nervous, there were lots of butterflies, but I was absolutely stoked. I was so keen to get on and get a run around and do my job as best as I could.
“I was absolutely stoked to run out there for the first time and I could hear my family cheering on in the crowd which made it even more special.”
Originally born in New Zealand before moving to Melbourne at an early age, Cormick admits to being a dedicated All Blacks fan growing up, given her strong affinity to her parent’s native country.
And while she may have been supporting one of Australia’s fiercest rivals, Cormick says the moment of singing Advance Australia Fair before Saturday’s test match was something which connected with her love of living in a country she now calls home.
“Standing up in the line with the girls singing the national anthem, that was honestly a dream come true for me,” Cormick said.
“I’ve envisioned that moment for a while now, it’s been one of my biggest motivations when I’m struggling on the training paddock, I’ve just envisioned pulling on the jersey and being in that line with the girls.
“So, to be there in the moment is unbelievable and something I won’t get for a long time.”
Making the moment even more special for the half back was coming onto the pitch and sharing the Wallaroos’ momentous victory with fellow Victorian and Super W player Ashley Marsters.
The Power House Rugby Union player says it was surreal to be on the field with her fellow Lindroth Cup counterpart, paving the way for young Victorian girls to dream about following their footsteps one day.
“It was special sharing it with Ash,” Cormick said.
“Being on the bench together to being on the field at the same time was awesome and I guess it’s a great thing for the girls down in Victoria to see that there is a clear pathway now.
“If that’s their goal, it’s definitely achievable and I hope the girls in Melbourne know that they can definitely get there if they put the work in.”