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Brisbane Lions AFL Women's Players

#1

DOB: 18/10/1995
Position: Midfield
Recruited from: Yeronga South Brisbane WFC
Occupation: Personal Trainer / Studying (Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science)
Height: 169cm

After being taken at Pick No. 2 in the 2017 AFLW Draft, speedy and energetic midfielder Emily Bates slotted straight into the team and was a prolific ball-winner who impressed with her decision making and leadership.

A fan favourite, Bates was the inaugural winner of the Lions' Best and Fairest and was also selected in the 2017 All-Australia team. Bates will again be part of the Lions' leadership group in 2018. 

#2

DOB: 9/12/1998
Position: Forward
Recruited from: Carlton
Occupation: Retail Sales Assistant 
Height: 176cm

Bella Ayre is regarded as one of the most promising young forwards in the game and was traded to the Lions from Carlton in the 2017 AFLW trade period.

Ayre was a joint winner of the Round 5 Rising Star nomination in 2017. She possesses a strong overhead mark and has an excellent workrate. 

#3

DOB: 31/12/1994
Position: Defender
Recruited from: University of Queensland AFC
Occupation: Studying (Bachelor of Physiotherapy) 
Height: 170cm

Originally from Magnetic Island, Breanna Koenen moved to play at the University of Queensland while studying physiotherapy.

Koenen spent most of 2017 in defence for the Lions was an excellent user of the ball and rated well for intercept marks and spoils. 

DOB: 14/07/1991
Position: Ruck
Recruited from: University of Queensland AFC
Occupation: Secondary School Teacher
Height: 172cm

Sharni Webb was a tireless worker in the ruck in 2017, despite standing 10cm shorter than most of her ruck opponents.

Webb excelled at gathering contested possessions last season and impressed with her leadership qualities which saw her named in the Lions' leadership group for 2018. 

#5

DOB: 20/02/1987
Position: Defender
Recruited from: Yeronga South Brisbane WFC
Occupation: Team Manager 
Height: 166cm

2017 All-Australian Sam Virgo will miss the 2018 AFLW season after tearing her ACL during the QWAFL Grand Final in August last year. Virgo will still have an important role to play for the team, taking the reins as Team Manager. 

#6

DOB: 21/12/1995
Position: Midfield
Recruited from: University of Queensland AFC
Occupation: Mechanical Plumber 
Height: 162cm

Originally from Gladstone – Tannum Sands BITS, Megan Hunt is a very clever user of the footy and was one of the Lions' best midfielders in 2017. 

She took the fifth-most marks of any midfielder and was above average for disposals and kicking efficiency. 

Her eight marks in the grand final were the most by any player in a game last season. 

#7

 

DOB: 18/3/1995
Position: Midfield
Recruited from: Yeronga Devils 
Occupation: Sales Assistant 
Height: 156cm

Jordan Zanchetta was the Lions' first pick, and Pick No. 7 overall, in the 2017 AFLW Draft.

Zanchetta is a quick and tenacious midfielder who is a two-time All-Australian at the Youth Girls level and was a joint winner of the QWAFL Best and Fairest in 2015.

An ACL tear saw Zanchetta miss the inaugural AFLW season. 

#8

DOB: 19/04/1988
Position:
 Midfield/Forward
Recruited from: University of Queensland
Occupation: Executive Assistant at the Brisbane Lions 
Height: 169cm

Emma Zielke was the inaugural Captain of the Lions' AFLW team in 2017 and will again lead the team in 2018 after being re-elected by the playing squad.

Zielke is a tough inside midfielder who excels in contested situations and can also move forward and kick goals.

Her pressure around stoppages is excellent and she was ranked number one at the Lions for clearances and tackles last season.

She established the Coorparoo Women’s team in 2013 and has captained Queensland three times at the AFL Women's National Championships.

She has worked at the Brisbane Lions for the past six years as the Executive Assistant to CEO Greg Swann. 

Watch Emma's highlights

#9

DOB: 24/10/1992
Position: Midfield
Recruited from: Yeronga South Brisbane WFC
Occupation: Secondary School Teacher 
Height: 164cm

Kate McCarthy is an ex-Australian touch player who is renowned for her lightning-quick speed and pressure.

She kicked the most goals (nine) for the Lions in 2017, including a ridiculous five-bounce goal that was a contender for goal of the year.

McCarthy had the second-most metres gained per disposal of the top-100 ball winners in the competition last season. 

#11

DOB: 11/09/1985
Position: Defender
Recruited from: Coolangatta Tweed WFC
Occupation: Environmental Scientist at Synergy Resource Management
Height: 171cm

Known amongst her teammates as ‘Xena Princess Warrior’, Leah Kaslar is a fierce competitor and leader who normally plays a role shutting down a key position forward.  

Kaslar was an integral part of the inaugural season and was honoured as team's Most Competitive Player.

In 2018, Kaslar will again form part of the side's leadership group, having been elected by teammates as Vice-Captain.

The 32-year-old is one of the more experienced players in the league and became a mainstay for the Lions’ defence last season.

#12

 

DOB: 6/4/1999
Position: Midfield/Forward
Recruited from: Zillmere Eagles
Occupation: Sales Assistant
Height: 170cm

Selected with the Lions’ seventh pick at the 2017 AFLW Draft, Sophie Conway is a medium-sized midfielder or forward with great evasion skills and balance.

A skilled athlete in all departments, Conway had to make the difficult decision between a career in AFL or hockey. She chose AFLW on the back of her selection in the U18 All-Australian side after her strong form at the AFLW Under-18 Championships.

Conway played her first game in Lions' colours during the 2018 practice match against GWS Giants, where she slotted a tricky goal from the forward pocket.

AFL runs through the Conway family's blood with Sophie’s brother, Isaac Conway, a former Brisbane Lions Rookie.

#13

DOB: 31/05/1988
Position: Defender
Recruited from: Wilston Grange AFC
Occupation: Driver, Australian Defence Force
Height: 176cm

Kate Lutkins was a key pillar for the Lions in defence during the team's inaugural AFLW season.

Her strong efforts in contest and will to fight in defence won her the honours of most courageous player award at the Club's 2017 Best and Fairest awards.

'Lutsy' is good overhead and impressive in one-on-one contests.

In 2018, Lutkins joins the six women leadership group for Season 2.0. The 29-year-old works for the Australian Defence Force and has represented Queensland and Australia in futsal. 

#14

DOB: 14/11/1996
Position:
 Forward 
Recruited from: South Fremantle
Occupation: Participation Programs Coordinator, AFLQ
Height: 182cm

UK born Sabrina Frederick-Traub is a strong overhead mark, hard hitting, high leaping in the ruck or up forward.

‘Sabs’ dominated the first AFLW season as one of Brisbane's marquee players.

In attack, she led the Lions as the top-ranked key forward to play at least three games. She rated elite for Champion Data ranking points, disposals, contested marks and score involvements.

The 21-year-old has leadership qualities beyond her years, elected within the Lions' leadership group for both seasons to date. Sabs is known amongst teammates for her long and accurate kick and versatility, spending most her time in the key forward position or amongst the ruck contests.

Off the field, Sabrina is an AFL Multicultural Ambassador and is employed by AFL Queensland as Participation Programs Coordinator. 

Watch Sabrina's Highlights.

#15

 

DOB: 7/12/1992
Position:
 Midfield
Recruited from: Darebin Falcons
Occupation: Retail Sales Assistant

Height: 162cm

After five games AFLW experience with Carlton, the Lions secured Nat Exon during a trade with the Blues following the 2017 season.

The 24-year-old hails from a soccer and heptathlon background but returned to football in 2016 where she made an immediate impact. 

Exon is a high-pressure player in the midfield, having applied the second-most pressure points per 50 minutes last season. Her elite outside run and kicking ability will be a strength to the Lions' midfield. 

#18

DOB: 15/08/1996
Position: Midfielder
Recruited from: Zillmere Eagles FC
Occupation: Studying (Bachelor of Paramedic Science)
Height: 162cm 

Ally Anderson is an inside midfielder with a great kick and is very valuable around the stoppages.

Anderson played all eight games for the Lions in 2017. At her best, she is an elite ball-winner, as seen in Round 1 of the inaugural season where she gathered 12 disposals, seven contested possessions, three clearances and five tackles.

Anderson is effective in getting her hands on the ball and feeding it out to our outside runners to help clear the stoppages. 

She is currently completing tertiary studies in a Bachelor of Paramedic Science. 

 

#20

DOB: 24/09/1996
Position: Defender
Recruited from: Wilston Grange
Occupation: Auskick Clinic Coordinator, AFLQ 
Height: 171cm

During the inaugural AFLW season, Shannon Campbell was a key piece in the Lions' top-ranked defence.

Marking was the main feature of Campbell's debut year, picking up an equal sixth-most intercept marks in the league. She has an elite right kick and is also very good in the air above her head.

When not playing, Campbell remains highly involved within the world of Australian Football, working as an Auskick Clinic Coordinator for AFL Queensland.

#21

  

DOB: 16/8/1999
Position:
 Defender
Recruited from: Coolangatta Bluebirds
Occupation: Customer Service Attendant. Studying (Exercise and Health Science).

Height: 172cm

Arianna Clarke was selected with the Lions’ second pick (15th overall) in the 2017 AFLW Draft; a childhood dream come true. 

Clarke plays as either a key defender or medium sized on-baller and has a penetrating kick, is sure overhead and wins contested ball. In the QWAFL competition she played for the Coolangatta Bluebirds.

Her outstanding leadership qualities also appealed to the Lions, after she captained the Queensland under 18 side at National Championships in 2017. She was then selected in the AFLW Under 18 All Australian team and was part of the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s National Academy. 

In October last year, Clarke was announced as the inaugural winner of Bond University’s Riewoldt Family AFL Excellence Scholarships. Her cousin Darren Glass is a former West Coast Eagles captain and 2006 premiership player.

#23

DOB: 28/04/1992
Position: Forward
Recruited from: East Fremantle AFC
Occupation: Stevedore
Height: 162cm

Jessica Wuetschner was the first player from Tasmania to be selected in the 2016 AFLW Draft and was impressive for the Lions in the 2017 season. 

'Woosha' was one of only six players in 2017 to finish the season with at least five goals and five assists. One of her most impressive performances was in the grand final against the Crows when she kicked two goals and had one assist.

#24

 

DOB: 1/8/1999
Position:
 Defender 
Recruited from: Bond University 
Occupation: Floor Service Attendant

Height: 160cm

Ruby Blair was welcomed into the Lions’ pride with their sixth pick (41st overall) in the 2017 AFLW Draft.

The 18-year-old plays either as a small defender or midfielder, who wins contested ball at ground level.

Blair is a strong competitor and will look to run or change the direction of play at every opportunity and has the pace to match.

At the 2017 National AFLW Combine in Melbourne Blair finished first in the agility test.

Last year she played for Queensland at Under 18 National Championships and was an inaugural member of the NAB AFL Women’s National Academy.

Growing up on the Gold Coast, Blair was often the only girl playing on the footy field so in 2018 she looks forward to making her debut in the national women’s competition.  

 

#27

DOB: 17/7/1996
Position:
 Ruck
Recruited from: Yeronga Devils
Occupation: Personal Trainer

Height: 186cm

Jessy Keeffe was the Brisbane Lions eighth pick (48th overall) at the 2017 AFLW draft.

The 21-year-old is a Yeronga Devils QWAFL premiership player and joins teammates Emily Bates, Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Kate McCarthy at the Lions. 

An athletic ruck, Keeffe is developing her overhead marking and kicking skills. Keeffe represented Queensland in the State Under 23 series against Western Australia. She has an appetite to improve and she will boost the Lions’ ruck stocks.

Her brother is former Collingwood player Lachlan Keeffe.

#28

DOB: 15/1/1999
Position:
 Midfielder
Recruited from: University of Queensland
Height: 163cm

Gabby Collingwood’s Rookie selection for the Brisbane Lions is a dream come true for the diehard footy fan.

Collingwood is resilient well beyond her 18 years after overcoming a serious medical condition in her childhood.  None other than Brisbane Lions’ great and three-time premiership player Jonathan Brown visited her and her family in hospital.  

She started playing AFL when she was 12, alongside the boys at the Jindalee Jags. 

Now playing for the University of Queensland in the QWAFL competition, Collingwood can be found in the midfield or at half forward. She is clean and clever by both foot and hand and is a manager around stoppages. She is exceptional at reading the play and makes good decisions when under pressure in heavy traffic.

Collingwood starred for Queensland at the U18 National Championships in 2017.

#29

DOB: 29/12/1992
Position:
 Defender
Recruited from: University of Queensland
Occupation: Store Manager

Height: 165cm

Emma Pittman is new to the Lions in 2018, after being their fifth draft pick (37 overall) at the 2017 Draft. However, she is no stranger to elite sport, having previously played as a striker for the Brisbane Roar in the W-League. 

The 24-year-old will play as a rebounding defender or medium-sized midfielder at the Lions.

Pittman is still relatively new to the sport, having only picked up a Sherrin a few years ago after an impromptu training session at Coorparoo. 

Now playing for The University of Queensland in QWAFL, Pittman has never looked back. In 2017, she was named in the QWAFL Team of the Year and represented Queensland in the State U23 series against Western Australia. 

 

#31

DOB: 17/10/1994
Position:
 Forward
Recruited from: Bond University. 
Occupation: Sales Assistant. Studying (Physiotherapy).

Height: 170cm

Rookie selection Krystal Scott is a former tennis ace, who was on a scholarship at Norfolk State University in the United States for two years.

Scott was once ranked in the top 100 Australian tennis players.

The 23-year-old only picked up a Sherrin in the last year and has already shown great potential, with a penetrating kick and strong overhead marking. 

Scott is also one of the strongest runners at the club.