Cambodian Eagles President Hannah Slaughter joined us for our latest podcast!
Hannah’s a highly passionate and well respected leader, who was recently appointed as the Cambodian Eagles President! Her drive and vision to build the club’s local development initiatives, women’s football and a two-team one-club mantra will be the key catalysts to her future success in the role!
Hannah founded the Cambodian Apsaras AFLW team and has been it’s playing coach since the club was established in 2016. She also played in the inaugural AFLW Exhibition Match at the 2016 Asian Champs and is a highly talented and intelligent footballer!
We loved catching up with Hannah! She’s an absolute ripper and one of AFL Asia’s up and coming leaders!
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Nicknames: Slaughter, Slaughts, Slooooorts, Han, Serge (after wrestler Sergeant Slaughter).
Preferred position/s: If I could choose, I like the flanks, either forward or back. Plenty of running and less pressure, fun things happen out there. But here I normally play in the midfield, but I’m getting too old for that… very quickly.
Best player/s you’ve played with and against: When I first started playing QAFL there were a few girls who have gone on to play AFLW, quite a few with the Brisbane Lions. I remember playing and thinking how good the girls were. Some included Tahlia Randall, who plays for North Melbourne, Emma Zielke, Emily Bates. When they all got drafted that made me feel slightly better with my assessment and fear of them. So, I’ve definitely played with some freaks of nature. You could say it was a baptism of fire.
Best teammate/s: I probably have to give a big shout out to Matilde. She’s French and lives here, but absolutely loves footy. She’s my right-hand woman when it comes to the Apsaras and is very keen on getting the team to the International Cup. At this point in time, she is playing a big part at the moment. But if I could, I’d chose them all!
Most annoying teammate: Sophoan. When she rocks up in an expletive-ridden rage at training that can be pretty annoying. Off the field, maybe me? We’re all pretty annoying to each other and rile each other up.
Most difficult opponents: In Asia, I’d say the Malaysian Warriors. They’re pretty slick and we play them more regularly. Every time we’ve played them, they’ve got it going on and are a tough opponent. Well coached with good skills.
Favourite meal: Probably Khmer food. I love it. Khmer street chicken is cooked on every corner and it’s delicious! You know the parson’s nose? You can get four of them on a stick, marinated and grilled on a BBQ and they’re awesome!
Favourite holiday destination: Maybe Japan. We were hoping to get back there before COVID hit for the snow. I’m a bit of a snow hound. So that might be on the top of the list next time we can get overseas.
Invite four people of your choice to a dinner party: This is really cliché and a bit sloppy, but at this point in time probably my family. I haven’t seen them for two years and still can’t get home.
Best footy trip: I would say maybe Vũng Tàu in Vietnam for ANZAC Day 2017. It was the first year of the Apsaras so we went down to play the Swans. We played on a very dusty field and managed to win! It was also the first trip we went on as one club with the Eagles.
Three things people don’t know about you: I’m a bit of an open book, so there’s not too many things people don’t know about me. 1. I grew up water-skiing competitively, and really love wakeboarding. There’s actually a cable wakeboarding park here in Siem Reap that is really good. 2. My right foot is two sizes bigger than my left. So, it’s difficult to find boots. 3. I’m a closet K-pop fan. I guess that’s what happens when you teach teenage girls. Honestly, it’s embarrassing how much I know about it, but I blame my Year 9 girls.