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AFL Women's Team Player Profiles

1. Brooke Lochland

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Position: Inside Midfielder
Height:
159cm
D.O.B: 3/5/91
Recruited From: Melbourne University (VFLW)
Last Drafted: Round 7, Pick 53 (2016 AFLW Draft)
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle) 
Player Sponsor:
Pam Cook

Comes to football after having pressed for selection at the 2014 Winter Olympics in ice-skating. An inside midfielder who possesses elite endurance, is fast and works hard. Small but tough in contests and is good with her hands.




3. Katie Brennan - CAPTAIN

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Position:
Key Forward
Height: 175cm 
D.O.B: 2/10/92 
Recruited From: Darebin Falcons (VFLW)
Last Drafted: Marquee Player Selection
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle) 
Player Sponsor: Susan Alberti AC

Brennan is an athletic, key forward with a fierce work ethic. The consummate professional, the young forward is one of the women’s game’s most influential players and highly respected by her peers. Brennan has represented the Bulldogs since the inception of the AFL Women’s Exhibition Series, and has kicked over 150 goals in her past three seasons in the VFL Women’s competition. After being voted in by her peers, Brennan will captain the Bulldogs in the inaugural NAB AFLW season.

5. Emma Kearney


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Position:
Inside Midfielder
Height:
168cm
D.O.B: 24/9/89
Recruited From: Melbourne University (VFLW)
Last Drafted: Priority Selection
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle) 
Player Sponsor: Snez Stojanoska & Laura Leahy

Stoppage specialist who is tough, skilled, works hard and is a leader. Most of her December and January will be taken up by playing for the Melbourne Stars in the cricket Big Bash competition.



10. Nicole Callinan

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Position: Outside Midfielder/Small Defender
Height:
164cm
D.O.B: 26/12/82
Recruited From: Darebin Falcons (VIC)
Last Drafted: Round 11, Pick 85 (2016 AFLW Draft)
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle) 
Player Sponsor: Seddon Community Bank

Versatile, hard-running and highly skilled veteran who can play as a small defender or outside midfielder. Started footy after a long and successful indoor cricket career. Takes nothing for granted and works hard both on and off the track. Callinan is a member of the Club's leadership group for the 2017 NAB AFLW competition.

12. Kimberley Ebb

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Position: Outside Midfielder/Running Defender
Height:
170cm
D.O.B: 6/4/87
Recruited From: Seaford (VFLW)
Last Drafted: Round 5, Pick 37 (2016 AFLW Draft)
Debut: Round 3, 2017 (vs Melbourne)
Player Sponsor: Chris & Michelle Nolan

A veteran of over 200 VWFL games, Ebb uses her experience to full measure. She is a hard running and highly skilled half-back and midfielder. A true competitor that leaves nothing in the tank.

14. Ellyse Gamble

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Position:
Ruck
Height:
180cm
D.O.B: 16/9/97
Recruited From: Burnie Dockers (TAS)
Last Drafted: Round 9, Pick 69 (2016 AFLW Draft)
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle) 
Player Sponsor: Susan Alberti AC, LeFevre & Basso Family

Hard-working ruck who can play forward when needed. Had some fantastic results in the AFL’s talent search program in Tasmania and continues to develop. Captained her home state in the 2016 AFL National Youth Girls' Championships.

18. Libby Birch

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Position: Defender
Height:
175cm 
D.O.B:  3/12/97
Recruited From: Darebin Falcons (VFLW)
Last Drafted: Rookie Selection
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle)
Player Sponsor: Bob Jane T-Marts

A state-level junior netballer, Birch took up football in June this year joining the Darebin Falcons, and playing 11 games in her debut season. A natural athlete, Birch has good speed and will provide a versatile option for coach Paul Groves. Birch was a member of Darebin's VFL Women's Premiership Team.

21. Bailey Hunt

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Position: Key Defender
Height: 171cm
D.O.B: 17/2/96
Recruited From: Melbourne University (VFLW)
Last Drafted: Round 8, Pick 60 (2016 AFLW Draft)
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle)
Player Sponsor: Railway Hotel Yarraville

Young key defender still learning the ropes, but with plenty of upside. Her speed will make her best suited to playing on mobile forwards. Hunt made her own piece of AFLW history, receiving the first NAB AFLW Rising Star nomination in round one of the 2017 NAB AFLW season.

27. Kirsty Lamb

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Position: Inside Midfielder
Height:
162cm 
D.O.B: 27/6/94
Recruited From: Diamond Creek (VFLW)
Last Drafted: Round 6, Pick 53 (2016 AFLW Draft)
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle)
Player Sponsor: Midway Mini Mix & Garden Supplies

Inside midfielder who along with Emma Kearney will juggle her cricket commitments as a member of the Melbourne Renegades in the Women’s Big Bash League.


2. Ellie Blackburn

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Position: Inside Midfielder
Height:
170cm
D.O.B: 18/12/94
Recruited From: Melbourne University (VFLW)
Last Drafted: Marquee Player Selection
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle) 
Player Sponsor: Altona Acupuncture

Blackburn is a rising star of the women’s game, an elite and fearless inside midfielder with agility and poise. Prolific ball-winner with a prodigious kick, Blackburn is regularly at the top of the stats sheet and one of the most influential players in the VFL Women's competition. A four-time All-Australian at youth level, she is starting to make her mark in in senior competition. Blackburn is a member of the Club's leadership group for the 2017 NAB AFLW competition.

4. Aasta O'Connor

Position: Defender/Ruck
Height:
182cm
D.O.B: 21/6/87
Recruited From: Darebin Falcons (VFLW)
Last Drafted: Round 2, Pick 12 (2016 AFLW Draft)
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle) 
Player Sponsor: Planning for Life

The ruck did not play in 2016 after needing a knee reconstruction. Was considered one of the premier rucks in the country before the injury, thanks to her tough approach and willingness to do what it takes to win. A genuine leader at the club and off the field with her work setting up female footy development programs.




6. Kirsten McLeod


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Position:
Small Forward 
Height:
161cm
D.O.B: 30/5/94
Recruited From: Cranbourne (VFLW)
Last Drafted: Round 4, Pick 28 (2016 AFLW Draft)
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle) 
Player Sponsor: John & Jenny Leaper

A small forward with plenty of X-Factor that has been part of the AFL Victoria Academy Pathway, and state representative at junior level. Will prove a handful for opposition defenders, with a bag of tricks that makes her dangerous and capable of producing something out of nothing. McLeod claimed her own piece of history kicking the Bulldogs' first AFLW goal in round one. 

11. Lauren Spark

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Position:
Ruck/Key Defender
Height:
182cm
D.O.B: 19/11/85
Recruited From: Melbourne University (VFLW)
Last Drafted: Round 10, Pick 76 (2016 AFLW Draft)
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle) 
Player Sponsor: City West Water

Experienced, versatile key defender who has been playing football for Wimbledon Hawks in the AFL competition in London. Represented Australia at the Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in 2007.

13. Laura Bailey

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Position: Running Defender
Height:
166cm
D.O.B: 19/8/92
Recruited From: St Kilda Sharks (VFLW)
Last Drafted: Round 19, Pick 143 (2016 AFLW Draft)
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle) 
Player Sponsor: CyberActiv Services

A lockdown small defender who can provide dash out of defence. Also has the versatility to play elsewhere on the ground.



17. Hayley Wildes

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Position:
Defender
Height: 168cm 
D.O.B: 10/9/96
Recruited From: Cranbourne (VFLW)
Last Drafted: Round 6, Pick 44 (2016 AFLW Draft)
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle)
Player Sponsor: Splendor Kitchens

Wildes is an up-and-coming young midfielder who has found her feet in open-age football very quickly. Clean and tough and a great reader of the game, she will only improve with my exposure at senior level.

19. TiaRna Ernst

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Position: Ruck
Height:
180cm
D.O.B: 24/1/88
Recruited From: Diamond Creek (VFLW)
Last Drafted: Round 14, Pick 108 (2016 AFLW Draft)
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle)
Player Sponsor: Haley Hire

A former Queenslander who moved to Melbourne to improve her football, Ernst has elite running capacity and continues to improve her rucking craft enormously. Her work rate outside of stoppages makes her a terrific target for team mates around the ground. Highly disciplined and coachable, Ernst leads by example.

22. Hannah Scott

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Position:
Inside Midfielder/Medium Defender
Height: 168cm 
D.O.B: 10/3/90 
Recruited From: Eastern Devils (VFLW)
Last Drafted: Round 3, Pick 21 (2016 AFLW Draft)
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle)
Player Sponsor: Priceline Pharmacy Hawthorn

Scott is a versatile player with a good engine. She has clean hands and is accurate by foot. She enjoys the physical side of footy and never shies away from a contest. Being a dual premiership player at local level, Scott is hungry for success on the big stage. Scott is a member of the Club's leadership group for the 2017 NAB AFLW competition.

36. Angelica Gogos

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Position:
Inside Midfielder
Height: 156cm
D.O.B: 3/9/89
Recruited From: Melbourne University (VFLW)
Last Drafted: Free agent selection
Debut: Round 1, 2017 (vs Fremantle)
Player Sponsor: Auscool Air Conditioning

Returns after two years out of the game an will play as a midfielder. Her toughness means she will likely feature inside contests and potentially could be used in tagging roles.