Leagues: NAB League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships
Olivia Cicolini is a natural footballer who has adapted to playing across multiple grades and teams. Her footy IQ, kicking and clean hands help her be a really damaging player on her day, with the defensive pressure she brings also aiding off-the-ball. Cicolini still needs to build her endurance in order to impact for longer periods of time, but she has that high-impact class look about her when inside 50.
No stranger to having to adapt to different sides, Olivia Cicolini is one of a number of NSW-ACT talents who have earned AFLW Draft Combine invites. The Murray Bushrangers talent out of Finley has also represented the GWS GIANTS Academy, NSW-ACT Rams and Allies outfits, which gives her the tick of approval when it comes to versatility within teams and coaching staff.
Cicolini has some upside for the future, as a lot of her areas of improvement surround her endurance and subsequent consistency. She is not a high possession winner and predominantly plays forward, though has graduated to a high half-forward and pinch-hitting role through the midfield. The number one step for her is having a big preseason and building up the endurance as she has enough football nous to develop into a really well-rounded player.
From a football perspective, Cicolini is first and foremost a crafty and clever forward. She is quick, clean and deadly when able to read the ball off hands or pounce on a loose ball within range of goal. Coupled with the fact she offers high defensive pressure, Cicolini is able to be that aggressive forward who has the traits to play both the dangerous goal sneak who kicks a goal or two a game, or the defensive forward who nullifies the potent half-back type.
Cicolini also has good technique with her kicking, and can pinpoint passes when needed, or at least put it to the dangerous spots for her teammates. She is a natural footballer in the way she goes about it, able to execute cleanly by hand or foot. Of course, only averaging single-digit disposals per game, Cicolini does not find a heap of it to have a sustained impact. When she is able to work her way into the game and go for longer, she could have a profound impact.
Olivia Cicolini is one of only a few players who have played for FIVE clubs this year. They were Murray Bushrangers (NAB League Girls), GIANTS Academy (Winter Series), NSW-ACT (vs Allies), Allies (AFLW U18 Championships) and North Shore Bombers (AFL Sydney).
NAB League Girls
AFLW U18 Championships