Box Hill VFLWBox Hill VFLWMidfielder, Medium Defender


Laura Stone

height: 170cm


D.O.B: 22-11-2005

Leagues: Vflw, Coates Talent League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships, AFLW U17 Championships

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Eastern Ranges star Laura Stone had a breakout 2023 season, living up to the expectations of a promising bottom-age year. The explosive utility became a fully-fledged midfielder while still playing off half-back and inside 50, overcoming concussion issues to win Vic Metro’s best and fairest and All-Australian honours from just two games.


+ Explosive speed
+ Hurt factor
+ Aerial ability
+ Strength
+ Versatility
+ Clean hands


- Endurance
- Fundamentals


Stone is an incredibly dynamic player, and her hurt factor and general impact on games cannot be understated. She came into the year as a clear first round talent, but from early on it was evident that it was going to be the pointy end of the first round, and is among the top Victorian prospects in the country.

A Collingwood supporter, Stone will switch her black and white stripes for brown and gold, with the Ranges' ties with the Hawks allowing them to pre-list her. In an open draft, she would be contesting the top Victorian pick and among the top five players in the country.

Focusing in on her game, Stone is a natural midfielder, who cut her teeth as a half-back in her bottom-age season. Her ability to win the ball both via hand and off the deck makes her a dual threat in that sense, and allows her to play inside and outside, or just about any position.

In 2023, Stone struggled with some concussion issues which saw her miss a number on games, and then returned to the Ranges late in the season where she spent a fair bit of time forward, and rolled into defence. But as soon as she had a few stoppages in the midfield, her impact in the form of clearances and inside 50s was profound.

With ball-in-hand, she is clean in dishing off to teammates, and while some of her fundamentals such as her kicking consistency could improve particularly when under pressure, she gains so much meterage and can power away from opponents. This allows her to down the opposition defensive zone and have enormous hurt factor with her touches even if they are not pinpoint.

From a defensive perspective, she is strong and does all the team things right, laying plenty of tackles and leading from the front. Once she wins the ball, she is hard to stop, but is just as reliable without it as she is with it. It is rare that a player who is a high impact ball-winner can be equally impressive on the defensive end, but Stone fits that bill.

A self-confessed improvement for Stone along with her fundamentals is her endurance. Given her time off due to injury, she has been managed on minutes, and the Ranges talent is building up her tank again. But from every other athletic perspective, Stone is incredibly strong.

Stone marks the new-age midfielder, having clocked a blistering 3.08-second 20m sprint, the second fastest in history. Her ability to show that in-game will be hard to miss on the big stage. She is a good medium height at 170cm, and will compete against anyone. Going forward, she will likely start as a half-back before progressing into the midfield with time.


Laura Stone is one of the best players in the AFLW Draft crop. In an open draft, she would be among the top Victorians picked, and Hawthorn fans will be very excited to see what she can do, if as expected, the Hawks pre-list her in the upcoming period to do so. Expect to have some big moments early on in her career, and eventually gain greater confidence and consistency as she develops.

Aerial ability
Clean hands
Hurt factor



Coates Talent League Girls

2021Eastern Ranges2813416001500610174.
2022Eastern Ranges4322656001700515076.
2023Eastern Ranges12210322527006800561441111.19.420.

AFLW U18 Championships

2022Vic Metro Girls63920030011016.
2023Vic Metro Girls20214171922704530210.010.520.

AFLW U17 Championships

2021Vic Metro U17s53800080000022.
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