GWS Giants player Jess Bibby could bid sporting career farewell after AFL Women's season

GWS Giants player Jess Bibby could bid sporting career farewell after AFL Women's season

She spent two decades playing basketball in indoor arenas across the world, but Jess Bibby could call an end to her storied sporting career at Manuka Oval.

The current Greater Western Sydney Giants player and WNBL games record holder says "it is probably time" to focus on other areas of her life.

Jess Bibby may call an end to her sporting career.

Jess Bibby may call an end to her sporting career.Credit:Adam Trafford

It means Manuka Oval could host her final game when the Giants host the Western Bulldogs in Canberra on Saturday night.

Bibby defied the odds to play 394 WNBL games after being told she would never play sport again when she injured her back when she was just 23 years old.


And at 37 she had to buy her first pair of football boots after she was signed by the Giants for the inaugural AFL Women's competition.

While Bibby will weigh up her options during the off-season, that's where her career looks like it may end.

"It's probably time for me to be focusing on other areas of my life," Bibby said.

"I'm soon to be 38, and the body has absolutely been put through the wringer and is screaming for a break. But we'll figure out what happens next over the next couple of months."

After spending 20 years at the top for five WNBL championships, Bibby says it is now time for her teammates to shine as women's sport rides a wave of momentum.

Bibby has been travelling up to Sydney and back with fellow Canberra-based teammates Ellie Brush, Ella Ross, Hannah Wallett and Britt Tully.

"The girls from Canberra I didn't know before embarking on this Sydney road trip a couple of times every week," Bibby said.

"But I've made new friends and I'm excited to watch those guys as they progress in the future with their footy careers so it's been really enjoyable - exhausting but enjoyable.

"I'm excited for them to get an opportunity to play in front of family and friends and teammates, and again for the next generation in Canberra to be able to have a look and think 'Maybe that could be me'."

Swapping the basketball court for the football field has been a "steep learning curve" for Bibby, whose first game of Australian rules was in round one against the Adelaide Crows.

After missing the bulk of the pre-season with a broken hand, Bibby has had to soak up every bit of information possible in "every drill, every meeting, [and] every conversation".

Because being new to football, there is a fair chance it is all brand new information for the basketball veteran using AFLW as her stage to say goodbye.