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Speakman hoping to be heard after promising season

IT is often tough playing junior footy in the country. From the expansive travel, to making up numbers week to week, and facing extremely stiff opposition, coming away atop the tree is no mean feat. Just ask Jamie-Lee Speakman. Although, sh I’s one who likely fit the bill of being tough opposition for most. “I […]

Bowler’s name?! Fleming charges into footy off the long run

“I was mainly just a fast bowler, bowled some outswingers kind of like Dad.” SHE’S handy with the ball, no matter the code. Oakleigh Chargers gun Jasmine Fleming has a name recognisable to most Australian sports lovers, and her elite pedigree is something which has proven a great support across her diverse sporting journey thus […]

Double trouble for Cockatoo-Motlaps

PORT Adelaide will have double trouble for the opposition of its AFLW program next season, after signing twin sisters Laquoiya and Litonya Cockatoo-Motlap yesterday. The Queenslanders will make the trek south to represent the club their uncle Che Cockatoo-Collins proudly played for five seasons, having represented the Gold Coast Suns Academy and Queensland at the […]

Mentors help Wakfer ruck up a storm

RUCKING requires some of the more specific skills on the Aussie Rules football field, and West Australian tall Lauren Wakfer is learning them from some of the best. The South Fremantle product, and Fremantle Dockers fan, is gunning for this year’s AFLW Draft, hoping to walk in the footsteps of a couple key mentors. She’s […]

Gee whizz! Queensland MVP loves all aspects of footy

QUEENSLAND’S 2022 Under 18 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Alana Gee has had many an onlooker remark ‘Gee, she can play’ over the years. It likely only made her name easier to remember as those in the know jotted it down. With her junior career completed, the Gold Coast Suns Academy talent now has her sights […]

Cross-coding Kimber makes footy a family affair

QUEENSLANDER Kaylee Kimber took the term ‘football family’ literally when she decided to take up the sport. Having previously played netball, the 18-year-old Gold Coast Suns Academy member got into football after seeing her brother play, and joined up locally with her mother. A couple of years later, and she has represented her state at […]

Browne relocates south to chase AFLW dream

TOOWOOMBA’S Courtney Browne has left no stone unturned in her dream to reach the elite level of Australian rules football. The Brisbane Lions Academy member and Yeronga South Brisbane teenager moved down from North Queensland in search of more football opportunities, and though she has had to juggle her school and spot commitments, as well […]

Roberts kicking goals and making friends

WHEN you are touted as the top pick in your AFLW Draft class, there is no doubt a lot of expectation and pressure that comes with it, but Peel Thunder‘s Ella Roberts is taking it all in her stride and enjoying her football. The top-age prospect comes with an accolade-filled junior career that features back-to-back […]

Mullins relishes opportunities against the best

CONSECUTIVE seasons of representative experience and learning with the Brisbane Lions Academy means Charlotte Mullins has mixed it with the best. With the 2022 AFLW Under 18 National Championships recently concluded, draft hopefuls like Mullins have effectively completed the on-field portion of their junior talent pathway. Though there is a great deal of unknown surrounding […]

Interruptions no issue for Fellows in pursuit of draft dream

ALTHOUGH Covid may have delayed the start to her VFLW career, Casey Demons’ Tahlia Fellows has certainly made an impact already in her short career at state league level. Originally from Melbourne’s south-east, she did not plan on committing to football, but a shortage of players one day at her local club changed everything. “I […]

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