Australian Women’s Football League Rising Stars
As we’re currently in the middle of the Men’s AFL footy season, it’s a good time to look back and reflect on the success of the Australian Football League Women’s competition earlier in the year. The debut season of the AFLW brought with it a new wave of Australian football stars. These marquee players created a splash in 2017 and are sure to do the same next season. We profile the women destined to make Australian sports history.
Players to watch
Captain of the Melbourne Football Club, and member of the Darebin Falcons since 2008, Pearce is now one of the biggest names in the sport. She is one of the most highly decorated athletes in women’s football and dedicates her life to the game. She won the Helen Lambert Award from 2009 to 2011 and in 2014. As captain, she carries a lot on her shoulders, yet remains a quality midfielder and cooperative, determined team player. Pearce’s rise to prominence has seen her score a media role commentating on the Men’s game for Channel 7.
With a unique name, and silky skills, it’s not hard to see why Hope has created a wave of interest amongst fans in her debut AFL season. She began playing when she was only 13, for an all boys’ team, and has since continued to be one of the best goal kickers in the sport. Her position is full forward, and whilst she perhaps didn’t quite live up to some very high expectations in 2017, we’re sure you’ll see the best of her in 2018. She currently plays for the Collingwood Football Club and won their goal kicker award. With her lively talents and zest for the game, Hope has driven herself to the very top of the sport. We encourage everyone to track her progress in the 2018 season.
Darcy Vescio is a younger player, coming in at 23 she balances a career in graphic design in conjunction with her football pursuits. Her position is full forward and she plays for the Carlton Football Club. She is a highly marketable athlete and her star is set to keep rising. If you don’t know her name you soon will. She also holds the title as a triple premiership player for Darebin. Vescio’s accurate kicking and quick hands make her one of the sports stars.
Chelsea Randall is known for her vibrant competitive nature. Randall played her early football in boys’ teams. Like Moana Hope, the lack of women’s teams at home made it hard for Randall to play, but that did nothing to crush her spirit. She is known to never shy away from contests and her forward line teammates benefit from this quality. Randall currently plays for the Adelaide Crows after having made the move from Western Australia to Adelaide.
Katie Brenna is another young, aspiring football star. Clocking in at only 23 years old, Brennan has already established a name for herself. She played in 3 premierships with the Darebin team after moving south from Queensland. She currently plays for the Western Bulldogs as a forward. Her determined attitude, consistency and off-field preparation will ensure that she prospers in season 2 of the AFLW.
The 2018 AFL Women’s season is sure to be an exciting one. These footballers we have profiled will continue to prosper and will likely become household names. What is certain, is that more footballers will follow in their footsteps.
Who have you got your eye on in the AFL women’s league? Let us know!
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