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Brisbane Lions AFL Women's Players


DOB: 18/10/1995
Position: Midfield
Recruited from: Yeronga South Brisbane WFC
Occupation: Activities Assistant at Griffith University / Studying (Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science)
Place of birth: Bacchus Marsh, Victoria

After being taken a 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. 


DOB: 9/12/1998
Position: Forward
Recruited from: Carlton

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. 


DOB: 31/12/1994
Position: Defender
Recruited from: University of Queensland AFC

Originally from Magnetic Island, Breanna Koenen moved to play at the University of Queensland while studying exercise science. Koenen can play at half back or as a medium-sized midfielder and is a good ball user with an outstanding intercept mark. Koenen comes from a talented sporting family – her brother is in the Suns Academy and her sister in the National Netball League’s new Sunshine Coast Lightning team.


DOB: 14/07/1991
Position: Forward
Recruited from: University of Queensland AFC
Occupation: Secondary School Teacher
Place of birth: Nambour, Queensland

Sharni Webb has played the most of her career as a key position forward for the University of Queensland. Athletic, powerful and possessing a good vertical jump, Webb is a medium tall utility type player who can also play as a key defender, or in the ruck as an undersized ruckman.


DOB: 20/02/1987
Position: Forward
Recruited from: Yeronga South Brisbane WFC
Occupation: Team Manager
Place of birth: Blackwood, South Australia

Sam Virgo plays as a small defender for Yeronga and was equal winner in the 2016 QWAFL Best & Fairest. During the Lions v Melbourne exhibition match at the MCG, Virgo was our biggest possession winner. This year, Virgo has worked really hard on her game and has developed great hands, a good kick and is much more athletic. Virgo can tuck the ball under her wing and run the ball out of the half back line or can play as a rebounder. On top of this, Virgo will bring a lot to the group with her leadership and style of play.



DOB: 21/12/1995
Position: Midfield
Recruited from: University of Queensland AFC

Originally from Gladstone – Tannum Sands BITS. Megan Hunt is a very clever user of the footy and will play half forward/midfield. Hunt was the best player in the 2014 QWAFL Grand Final when Coorparoo defeated Zillmere.




DOB: 19/04/1988
Recruited from: University of Queensland
Height: 169cm

A highly skilled, medium-sized on-baller. Very good overhead and elite by foot. Highly competitive and an on-field leader. Established the Coorparoo Women’s team in 2013. Works in the Brisbane Lions office. 

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DOB: 24/10/1992
Position: Midfield
Recruited from: Yeronga South Brisbane WFC
Occupation: Secondary School Teacher (Mathematics & HPE)

Kate McCarthy is an ex-Australian touch player who has only played footy for a couple of years and has already started making a name for herself in the QWAFL for her run and carry goals. Lightning fast, McCarthy can get her hands on the ball through the middle of the ground, before making a couple of bounces and then kicking them from 30 or 40 out. Women’s Coach Craig Starcevich believes McCarthy will be one of the quickest players in the competition when it starts.


DOB: 08/11/1991
Recruited from: Melbourne University
Height: 173cm

An elite runner with outstanding foot skills, the AFL have touted Ashmore as “one of the hardest running players in women's footy who regularly outworks opponents off half-back or on a wing.” 

Formerly a javelin thrower, Ashmore gave up her Olympic dream to pursue her career in footy, back when a national women’s competition was just a pipe dream. 

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DOB: 11/09/1985
Position: Defender
Recruited from: Coolangatta Tweed WFC
Occupation: Environmental Scientist at Synergy Resource Management
Place of birth: Caringbah, NSW

2016 QWAFL Best & Fairest, Leah Kasler is hugely competitive and has played all the exhibition games over the four-year period. A fierce competitor and a leader, who normally plays a role shutting down a key position forward. In club land, Kasler plays an under-sized, but very competitive ruck – will play a role either shutting down the opposition's most dangerous forward or in the midfield playing a small ruck role. Has been described as the “Xena Princess Warrior” of the group.




DOB: 31/05/1988
Position: Defender
Recruited from: Wilston Grange AFC
Occupation: Driver, Australian Defence Force
Place of birth: Brisbane, Queensland

Kate Lutkins is a very athletic medium-tall utility who can play anywhere - half back wing, half forward, key position, will be a trouble shooter for our team. Regularly the Australian Defence Force's best player, Lutkins is good overhead, can get the ball in her hands and take off and make good decisions. Has represented Queensland and Australia in futsal.


DOB: 14/11/1996
 Full Forward 
Recruited from: South Fremantle
Height: 182cm

UK born Frederick-Traub is a strong overhead mark, hard hitting, high leaping in the ruck or up forward. ‘Sabs’ as she is known amongst her teammates is a long and accurate kick with a healthy set shot record. Off the field Sabrina is an AFL Multicultural Ambassador. Throughout her schooling Sabrina was a dual sport athlete playing football and soccer, as well as a musician, playing the guitar and clarinet.

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DOB: 29/05/1998
Position: Midfield
Recruited from: Wilston Grange AFC
Occupation: Studying (Bachelor of Podiatry)
Place of birth: Buderim, Queensland

One of the youngest on the team, Tahlia Randall comes from a volleyball background and has a fantastic vertical leap. Randall is very athletic and can play all over the field as a utility-type player, tall defender, ruck, wing, half forward. Randall had her breakout game  in the Western Bulldogs v Melbourne Exhibition match earlier this year. Randall played on Brisbane Lions women’s marquee player, Tayla Harris, in what Women’s Coach Craig Starcevich describes as “like watching Alex Rance play on Buddy Franklin,” - the best defender and best forward playing on each other. Randall is also a two-time All Australian Youth Girl, captained the Queensland Under-18 side and is a product of Mountain Creek’s School of Excellence which has a great AFL program.


DOB: 7/11/1995
Position: Midfield
Recruited from: Coolangatta Tweed WFC

An ex-junior Matilda’s player, Jamie Stanton is in her first year playing AFL at Coolangatta where she has improved over the year to become one of, if not the best, midfielders. Stanton wins her own ball really well and is fit and smart enough, in a footy sense, to get into the right spots. Women’s Coach Craig Starcevich said, “she will transfer to the next level really well with the habits she’s created during her soccer career.”


DOB: 15/08/1996
Position: Midfielder
Recruited from: Zillmere Eagles FC
Occupation: Studying (Bachelor of Paramedic Science)
Place of birth: Brisbane

Alexandra Anderson is an inside midfielder with a great kick and is very valuable around the stoppages. An elite ball winner in close, Anderson is effective in getting her hands on the ball and feeding it out to our outside runners to help clear the stoppages. For the past three years Anderson has co–coached the female kick start team at the National Championship. In 2016 Anderson coached this team solely for the first time and won the Championship. The first Queensland Indigenous player to get drafted in the exhibition games and in 2016, Anderson was the joint winner of her club’s Best and Fairest – tying with Brisbane Lions marquee player Tayla Harris.




DOB: 24/09/1996
Position: Defender
Recruited from: Wilston Grange
Occupation: Studying Bachelor of Paramedic Science (on a soccer scholarship) in the USA
Place of birth: Sunshine Coast

An ex All-Australian Youth Girls player, Campbell has an elite right kick and is also very good in the air above her head. A medium tall defender, Collins often does the kicking duties. This year, she has missed a lot of AFL as she's been in the United States completing a soccer program.




DOB: 22/11/1993
Position: Defender
Recruited from: Melbourne Uni WFC
Occupation: Apprentice Carpenter
Place of birth: Victoria

Nicole Hildebrand is a Melbourne University player from Ballarat. A medium-sized defender with a great ability to take intercept marks and distribute the ball with her left foot. Hildebrand placed in the top 4 at Melbourne University’s Best & Fairest behind players who are already on AFL lists. Also played in the last two exhibition games for Melbourne, playing at half back and is in the top 46 players in Australia.


DOB: 28/04/1992
Position: Forward
Recruited from: East Fremantle AFC
Occupation: Studying (Cert 3 &4 in Fitness)
Place of birth: Hobart, Tasmania

Originally from Tasmania, Jess Wuestchner has spent the last three years playing for East Fremantle and has played two exhibition matches for the Western Bulldogs. Wuestchner is a small half forward/midfielder with elite kicking skills and is one of the best left-footers in the competition.




DOB: 18/04/1992
Position: Midfield
Recruited from: Burnie Dockers
Occupation: Agriculture Supervisor
Place of birth: Tasmania

Tasmania’s leading midfielder for several years now – Brittany Gibson is quick and tall through the midfield which is useful in getting first hands and speed out of a stoppage. Gibson will serve well in a midfield role, running off half back or as a medium sized forward. Gibson was a goal kicking midfielder in the Tasmanian League for which her team were the 2016 Premiers in the Tasmanian League.