Main content

My Cause: Nat Exon

Since making her Brisbane Lions AFLW debut in Round 2 against the Western Bulldogs, Nat Exon has stood out. Not just because of her skills, speed and strength, but also because she rocks an old-school mullet.

We can thank Kate McCarthy for the handiwork.

“Before Christmas she said, ‘can I give you a really bad haircut?'” Exon told

“She wanted to give me a bowl cut, but I vetoed that. We compromised on the mullet.”

The mullet has taken the footy world by storm.

2016 Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield tweeted his admiration recently. 

Multiple Facebook pages have been created. At the Lions' match against the Melbourne Demons at Casey, fans brought huge cut-outs of the mullet.


  Exon has enjoyed the stir her mullet has created but the real reasoning behind her choice of haircut was to draw attention to the fact she will soon be shaving it all off. Earlier this year the 25-year-old decided to actively fundraise for the Leukemia Foundation’s Shave for a Cure.

“It’s something simple I can do to make a massive difference for patients and families,” she said.

In Victoria, she coaches athletics and recently discovered a former athlete she coached had battled with the disease.

“I actually found out one of the kids I coach was diagnosed five years ago. I never even knew. His Mum messaged me and said, ‘thanks for doing it, it’s a great cause.’”

Soon, she will shave it all off and admits she is nervous.

“Definitely. I mean I guess it can’t be worse than the mullet,” she said.

“I’m a bit nervous but I sort of figure I can wear a hat.

“A few of my friends reckon it will look good and I’m just focusing on that.”

Exon says her Lions AFLW teammates have been so supportive of her cause.

When she moved here in November last year she knew only one other person in Queensland – her former Carlton teammate Bella Ayre.

The pair had been traded to Brisbane after the inaugural AFLW season.

“It was pretty tough. I’ve settled in now, but I guess the first couple of months was a bit strange,” she said.

“But all the girls have been awesome. Right from the start they were so welcoming.”

Now, she’s a Lions player through and through and says the team's fast game style suits her.

On Saturday afternoon she will play against Collingwood in a must-win game if the Lions hope for a consecutive grand final berth.

Get behind the Lions AFLW team at Moreton Bay Sports Complex this Saturday afternoon at 3:35pm and help Exon reach her goal of $5,000 by donating here. 

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs