KEZIE Apps has come a long way since beginning her rugby league career with the Bega Roosters after wanting to follow in the footsteps of her older brothers Deon and Ryan.
But after playing her junior footy with now Melbourne Storm star Dale Finucane, she was forced to stop playing at the age of 12, due to there being no competition for her - which saw Apps start playing hockey.
After numerous years away from the sport she loved, she returned to the field in 2014 when she joined the Helensburgh Tiger Lillies.
That year proved to be a breakout year for the South Coast product, as she made both her NSW Blues and Jillaroos debut - as well as being named Illawarra Women's Player of the Year and the NSWRL Women's Player of the Year.
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Since then, she has played in the women's NRL All Stars team, won Dally M Player of the Year, won a World Cup with the Jillaroos and became one of St George Illawarra's three inaugural marquee signings for the NRL women's competition.
Hear all about the 28-year-old's journey to be one of the top women's rugby league players in the world in her one-on-one chat with the South Coast Register's Courtney Ward.