SOUTH Coast's Tarni Evans will line up for the GWS Giants in 2021 after being the club's first choice in the AFLW draft on Tuesday night.
Evans said it was "nerve-wracking, but exciting, having different girls that you know from the Academy being among the first eight then to hear your name picked, it was unreal".
"I'm super stoked."
She said it was also great to have members of her Queanbeyan Tigers club around for the selection on the night.
Evans revealed the Giants had shown their interest a little earlier than draft night, inviting her for a preview session late last week.
"They kind of said do you want to come in and do this preview and they told me then, but it was still a bit of a surprise," she said.
She has had a taste of training with the club before through the Giants Academy, but Evans said she's keen to get stuck in.
"I'm just excited to go in and learn - there are so many girls that have been in for a few years and they're so professional, so I want to take some knowledge on board and learn from them."
Evans said going into the club with long-time friend and cross-town rival Emily Pease out of the Belconnen Magpies made the prospect even more exciting, while Alicia Eva has also coached the Tathra export during representative play with the Rams.
It has been a meteoric rise for the young star who made her debut on an Aussie rules field just five years ago with the Tathra Sea Eagles.
"Tathra is such a good club, they have been my foundation of football, having great girls and the guys around the club that encouraged my football to where it is now," Evans said.
"I am just so stoked to have been a part of that club 100 per cent."
As part of the draft combine, Evans impressed selectors with the fastest time-trial of anyone and the second best time in the AFLW's history as well as her powerful left boot.
"It did boost my confidence, but really I was just more excited at my fitness levels at the time, I surprised myself."
She is set to become a versatile asset to the Giants, listed as a winger, but having played ruck, half-back and half-forward.
"I've been pushed all over the ground this year," Evans said.
"In the middle at the start, and half-back and half-forward, I've been a bit of everywhere, though I'm definitely getting more comfortable with the wing and it has been a lot of fun."
Evans said she was excited for the move to Sydney and will be moving in with Pease and Melbourne Demons trade Katherine Smith.
"That's going to be the household, it will be awesome," Evans said.
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