Carlton VFLWCarlton VFLWMedium Utility


Octavia Di Donato

height: 172cm


D.O.B: 23-02-2004

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

Octavia Di Donato was one of the more unlucky players to miss out on being drafted in 2022 following a strong top-age season with the Bendigo Pioneers. An all-round utility who has played on all three lines, Di Donato's skill and decision making with ball-in-hand stands out, and makes her a valuable distributor of the ball.

Not known for a high production rate, Di Donato is a lighter bodied player so is best suited to the outside or running off a flank where her smarts and use by hand or foot really come to the fore. Not having many deficiencies in any one area, Di Donato managed 14 matches at VFL Women's level this season for Carlton, averaging 12.4 disposals, 2.7 marks and 2.6. tackles.

She returned to play a game for the Pioneers late in the season as they were smashed by Oakleigh Chargers, but was clearly one of her side's best in her sole over-age game for the club. Di Donato's jack-of-all-trades mentality might work against her at times as it is unclear what her best position is, and where she fits at AFLW level. But in saying that, the fact she can slot in anywhere makes her incredibly valuable, and someone who can fill a hole where required.

Still only 19, Di Donato has nominated nationally, and while she missed out last year, the talented utility has a year of senior football under her belt and may be looked at closely in this year's draft.


- Kicking
- Clean hands
- Decision making
- Footy IQ
- Vision
- Versatility


- Contested work
- Strength
- Production


2022Essendon VFLW13410020000011.
2023Carlton VFLW81721533000410817112145.

Coates Talent League Girls

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2020Bendigo Pioneers951450050010133.
2021Bendigo Pioneers74341082500210023123710.64.915.
2022Bendigo Pioneers103621652300320028161812.97.820.
2023Bendigo Pioneers18725900700380118.

AFLW U18 Championships

2021Vic Country Girls1552070040033227.52.510.
2022Vic Country Girls251237800110156038.

AFLW U17 Championships

2021Vic Country U17s20626300201320120.
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