Cheyenne Hammond, Hannah Priest make AFL Women's debut in round one of season 2020

Two footballers with ties to the Fleurieu Peninsula made their debuts in the AFL Women's competition's fourth season.

Cheyenne Hammond, who played football for Willunga and Mount Compass in the Great Southern league, and Hannah Priest, a former Goolwa Netball Club league player, both played the first games of their career on the weekend.

Hammond was drafted to the Gold Coast Suns at pick 57 in the draft last year, and quickly packed up her life to get stuck into preseason.

She made her debut on Saturday, February 8 against Greater Western Sydney at Blacktown International Sportspark.

"My emotions were pretty all over the place on the inside, but on the outside I was fine," she told The Times.

"I was so excited; running out (onto the oval), it's hard to describe that feeling."

As flooding rains swept across New South Wales, GWS and the Suns battled it out in the first round of the season, and only two goals were kicked during the whole game.

Hammond rotated between half back flank and the mid, and notched up five tackles and three disposals.

She said the competition was a big step up from what she was used to while playing for South Adelaide - in particular, the hits were heavier and harder.

"It was definitely a lot more fast-paced to what I'm used to in the SANFL," she said.

"My highlight was tackling the captain of GWS (Amanda Farrugia)."

She said making the move up to the Gold Coast had been shaky to start with, but she had soon settled in with the support of her teammates and coaches, and was excited for the season ahead.

Priest made her debut for St Kilda on Sunday, February 9 in their match against the Western Bulldogs at RSEA Park.

Also a half back flank, Priest collected 13 disposals and three tackles, and was named fourth best for the Saints.

Strathalbyn teen Hannah Munyard continues to push for her debut game with the Western Bulldogs.

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