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Emma Zielke named as Brisbane Lions' inaugural AFLW Captain

January 5, 2017 6:49 PM

Zielke brought to tears An emotional night at Women's training tonight. See what bought Emma Zielke to tears.

Emma Zielke has been named the inaugural captain of the Brisbane Lions Women's team.

Zielke is among Queensland's most decorated female footballers, having been a state captain and the 2014 and 2015 QWAFL Best and Fairest winner.

Zielke, who is employed as an admin support officer at the Brisbane Lions, will be supported in her role by four 'Values Leaders' - Sabrina Frederick-Traub, Sam Virgo, Leah Kaslar and Emily Bates.

"It's really well deserved," said Brisbane Lions Women's CEO Breeanna Brock.

"Someone like Emma has been hoping and dreaming of this for a long time. She's obviously got a very close connection to the Club.

"Emma will be forever part of the Club's history now."

"She'll be a great spokesperson not only for the group but for the Club as a whole and lead us really strongly."

After the announcement in front of the squad, Zielke expressed her joy and excitement.

"I'm just so proud," said Zielke.

"It's been a bit rough being on the sidelines, but seeing you girls work so hard out there motivates me so much."

Brock said it was important that the process for selecting members of the leadership group involved as many people as possible, including the playing group, coaching staff and team management.

"We thought we'd use a more collaborative approach of the players, staff and business as a whole," said Brock.

"Players had to nominate themselves as to whether they wanted to be a captain or in the leadership group. Using the new Club values we've taken on board, the players were then rated.

"The players then decided whether they wanted that person as a captain, in the leadership group, or neither.

"We collated those results along with input from the staff and came up with one captain and four values leaders."