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AFLW: Veteran Pie hangs up her boots

Cecilia McIntosh in action against the Giants earlier this season - Collingwood Magpies,AFLW
Cecilia McIntosh in action against the Giants earlier this season

Collingwood veteran Cecilia McIntosh is hanging up her boots, announcing her retirement from AFL Women’s.

With an impeccable sporting resume, McIntosh has dedicated her life to being a professional athlete.

Originally a heavy weightlifter, she won the under-20 division at the 1997 Australian Championships.

She then went on to win a silver medal in javelin at the 2002 Commonwealth Games before a serious shoulder injury saw her take up bobsled where she competed in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

McIntosh’s football journey began in 2007 when she picked up the sherrin playing for Melbourne University in the Victorian Women’s Football League.

A year later, she was awarded the Helen Lambert Medal, the league’s Best and Fairest player.

At 37-years-old, the small defender was drafted by the Pies as pick 123 and was the oldest player selected in the 2016 AFLW draft.

This saw her form part of Collingwood’s inaugural AFLW side and saw her debut in round one of the 2017 in the league’s inaugural match against Carlton at Ikon Park.

She was notably one of the Pies best throughout its debutant year.

The now 39-year-old calls it a day with a total of 17 games in the black and white.

Though she stands small at 161cm, McIntosh will be remembered for her speed and fierce one-on-one competitiveness.

Collingwood looks forward to watching what the future has in store for McIntosh.