South Mandurah Football Club's Tori White on football, nursing and friendship

SISTERHOOD: Tori says the South Mandurah women's team is like a family. Photo: Shazza J Photography.

SISTERHOOD: Tori says the South Mandurah women's team is like a family. Photo: Shazza J Photography.

From late nights as a practice nurse in the emergency room during one of the most uncertain times in the world, to being one of the most valuable players in the number one PFNLW team, Tori White is an all-rounder in every sense of the word.

The recent Notre Dame graduate said both football and nursing were passions from a young age.

"I grew up kicking a footy with the other kids in the neighbourhood but I originally played netball," White said.

"In year 12 I decided to play footy for my school and I absolutely fell in love with it."

White said combining football, study and work was a challenge, but she always knew she wanted to be a nurse.

"I used to love watching the 24 hours in emergency shows.

"I could always see myself looking after other people - I feel like I'm quite a compassionate person."

At the start of 2020, while still completing her nursing degree, White moved to Mandurah, and found herself looking for a new team.

"I thought joining the local footy team would be a good way to make friends and get fit - so I joined South Mandurah."

FAMILY: The South Mandurah team in a game huddle. Photo: Shazza J Photography.

FAMILY: The South Mandurah team in a game huddle. Photo: Shazza J Photography.

White felt immediately at home with the team and coach Solomon Daw - and her first season was memorable for many reasons.

"I was working in emergency quite a bit last season," White said.

"I had to miss a few games. There has been a tonne on my plate and it has been hard to juggle but Sol and the girls have been super accommodating with it."

During her last prac, White would go straight from nightshift to a footy game, and her dedication is something that coach Solomon Daw said was admirable.

"Tori was in emergency for most of last year - she worked hard to become one of our most consistent forwards this year," Daw said.

"She's Miss Consistent, starting on the field and kicking heaps of goals."

Just the vibe with the girls at the minute, it's just magic.

Tori White

When asked what a highlight of her PFNLW career had been this far, White said she couldn't pick just one.

"This whole season has been a highlight," she said.

"Just the vibe with the girls at the minute, it's just magic.

"Everyone's putting in so much effort and it's showing on the field."

White said the team and the club were close and supportive like family.

"We have lots to do with each other outside of footy - we have a team dinner once a week.

"Some of the South Mandurah boys will come down to training sessions and give pointers to help us better ourselves - I find that really admirable.

"I think with the trajectory the girls and Sol are on at the minute we have a hot shot at the finals."