Women’s AFL: marquee players unveiled, with a bumper crop from WA


WA State Women's leadership group Kara Donnellan, Kiara Bowers, Renee Forth, Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Emma Swanson. Picture WAFL
WA State Women's leadership group Kara Donnellan, Kiara Bowers, Renee Forth, Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Emma Swanson. Picture WAFL

WESTERN Australia can lay claim to being the nation’s capital of female football, after half of the 16 marquee players for the inaugural women’s AFL competition hailed from WA.

WAFC Female Talent Manager Alison Moore said it was a terrific outcome for women’s football in Western Australia.

“For half of the marquee players to come from WA really demonstrates what a great job our WA Women’s Football League Clubs are doing in partnership with our talent development programs,” she said.

“The WAWFL provides a great competition for female football development and the WAFC has invested in opportunities for elite players to participate in Talent Academies, which has all resulted in a very strong talent pool in our State.”

The marquee players for the eight women’s clubs – Adelaide, Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Collingwood, Fremantle, Greater Western Sydney, Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs – were confirmed today.

The eight clubs were asked to nominate up to five marquee players, with each club allocated two.

The WA marquee players are listed below:

Adelaide: Kellie Gibson (Swan Districts) and Chelsea Randall (Swan Districts)

Brisbane: Sabrina Frederick-Traub (South Fremantle)

Collingwood: Emma King (Coastal Titans)

Fremantle: Kara Donnellan (Swan Districts) and Kiara Bowers (Coastal Titans)

Greater Western Sydney: Renee Forth (Coastal Titans), Emma Swanson (East Fremantle)