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Melbourne women’s player profiles

melbournefc.com.au  June 27, 2013 12:39 PM

Check out who’s playing in the inaugural women’s team for the Demons

Melbourne women’s team

1. Daisy Pearce          

Age: 24
State:
Victoria
Club:
Darebin Falcons
Position:
Midfield
Comment: 
Daisy has a big engine with a huge work rate combined with her exceptional ability and impeccable delivery by foot and hand. She is a five time All-Australian, player or the women’s championships in 2007 and represented Australia in the 2006 International Rules Series in Ireland.

3. Chelsea Randall    

Age: 21
State:
Western Australia
Club:
Swan Districts
Position:
Midfield
Comment:
Chelsea is a brutal competitor who is very team oriented. This five-time state representative and two-time all All-Australian has a strong overhead mark and is mentally tough and brave.

5. Kara Donnellan     

Age: 21
State:
Western Australia
Club:
Swan Districts
Position:
Midfield
Comment:
Kara, known as “Juddy”, attacks the ball hard and loves a challenge. A passionate member of Melbourne Football Club, she is agile and breaks the lines well with her pace. Kara has fantastic skills and is a penetrating kick out of defence.

7. Kirby Bentley        

Age: 27
State:
Western Australia
Club:
East Fremantle
Position:
Midfield
Comment:
Kirby, a former National League netballer is the current Debbie Lee Medallist from the 2011 Women’s National Championships. A three-time state player with two All-Australian honours, she has superb skills and has the ability to deliver the ball on both feet. She is calm under pressure and loves to sell the candy intuitively.

9. Louise Wotton      

Age: 29
State:
Victoria
Club:
Eastern Devils
Position:
Ruck
Comment: 
Lou is a two-time Helen Lambert Medallist winner (Women’s Brownlow medal) who represented Victoria five times and achieved three All-Australian honours. She has a very high work rate and imposes a strong physical presence on the opposition and field. Lou is known for holding her position well in a contest and is very team oriented.

11. Melissa Hickey

Age: 28
State:
Victoria
Club:
Darebin Falcons
Position:
Centre Half Back
Comment:
Melissa loves the physical side of the game and reads the play well. She is dominant across half-back and has represented Victoria once and has gained All-Australian honours.

13. Ellie Blackburn

Age: 18
State:
Victoria
Club:
Beaconsfield
Position:
Midfield  
Comment:
Ellie is a young and exciting prospect. She is a three-time All-Australian and has been awarded the Best player at the Youth Girl Championships twice. Ellie is very agile and reads the play superbly, both in space and off hands. Her delivery by foot is second to none.

15. Maddie Smith

Age: 17
State:
Tasmania
Club:
Clarence 
Position:
Half-back flank
Comment:
Maddie represented Tasmania at the last carnival and was part of the Victorian development side in 2011. A representative of the Victorian Country under 18 side, Maddie has been nominated All-Australian in all three carnivals. She is a long kick and is hard at the ball.

Note: Melissa Caulfield is injured and Maddie Smith has been elevated

17. Jasmine Garner

Age: 18
State:
Victoria
Club:
St Kilda Sharks
Position:
Forward
Comment:
 A young player who provides a strong presence up forward.  She has great kicking skills and marking ability. An agile tall utility, she can play a key position or create chaos in the midfield.  She came through the youth girls system and is a state representative.

19. Kira Bowers

Age: 21
State:
Western Australia
Club:
Coastal Titans
Position:
Forward
Comment:
Kira is a previous WAWFL Best and Fairest winner and is a state representative. She has a big engine and knows how to find the footy.

21. Madeline Keryk

Age: 18
State:
Victoria
Club:
VU St Albans Spurs
Position:
Midfield
Comment:
 A hard running in and under player with great skills.  She’s hard at the footy and takes a good mark. Appointed captain of the Victorian Youth Girls side at the championships this year, she has also been an All-Australian. She is a young player with plenty of potential.

23. Bree White

Age: 31
State:
Victoria
Club:
VU St Albans Spurs
Position:
Ruck Rover
Comment: 
An experienced player who has a great work ethic and knowledge of the game. She has a big engine and creates opportunities for her teammates. She was captain of the England Garlic Football team and is a state representative and club captain.

25. Courtney Gum

Age: 31
State:
NSW/ACT
Club:
UNSW/ES
Position:
Midfield
Comment:
 Courtney is a courageous competitor who is a very versatile player. She is a two-time NSW state representative, and is equally accurate on either side of her body by foot. Courtney thrives on a challenge and will take this opportunity with both hands.

27. Alicia Eva

Age: 22
State:
Victoria
Club:
Melbourne Uni
Position:
Midfield
Comment:
Alicia is a talented footballer who has played more than 150 games over the past 14 years. She has great skills and good knowledge of the game.  A current Club captain, League award winner and state representative.

29. Emma Swanson

Age: 18
State:
Western Australia
Club:
Peel Thunderbirds
Position:
Midfield
Comment:
Emma is another young prospect, who was appointed captain of the Western Australia Youth Girls side and achieved All-Australian honours this year. Emma is a ferocious player who runs hard and finds space well. Her clean hands combined with accurate kicking ability are something to keep an eye on.

31. Brooke Whyte

Age: 23
State:
Western Australia
Club:
Coastal Titans
Position:
Half Back
Comment:
Brooke is a hard runner off the backline. She creates play, finds space, is a good defensive runner and is good overhead.

33. Bianca Jakobson

Age: Not Supplied
State:
Victoria
Club:
Berwick
Position:
Midfield
Comment: 
Bianca is an agile tall, utility player. She has a huge engine, provides run and isn’t afraid to take on the game. She is a state representative at Youth Girls and senior level.

35. Jennifer Lew
State:
NSW/ACT
Club:
Sydney Uni
Position:
Midfield
Comment: Jen is a very competitive player, and loves the physicality of the game. Not afraid to put her body on the line, and create pressure on her opponents. Jen has represented NSW at the past two National championships.

37. Leah Kaslar
Age:
27
State:
Queensland
Club:
Palm Beach Currumbin AFC
Position:
Back
Comment:
Leah is from Queensland and is a former WA state representative. A recreational surfer, she has a big engine. Leah plays on the backline and provides plenty of run through the midfield.

39. Kaitlyn Ashmore
Age:
21
State:
Victoria
Club:
Melbourne Uni
Position:
Centre Half Back
Comment:
Kaitlyn heralds from North Ballarat and enters her first senior year of women’s football. She breaks lines, is explosive, finds the ball well and displays lots of potential. She has made the state side and is in the VWFL Academy.

41. Rene Forth
Age:
26
State:
Western Australia
Club:
Coastal Titans
Position:
Midfield
Comment:
Rene is a hard in and under player, who has a great knowledge of the game. She has a big engine and is good on both sides of the body.

43. Stephanie Walding
Age:
31
State:
Western Australia
Club:
East Fremantle
Position:
Half Forward
Comment:  
Stephanie has played 170 games. A former Victorian, who has played state footy for five years, she has also been an All-Australian and is current club captain. A five-time Victorian State representative with two All-Australian honours, she has a high work rate with exceptional kicking skills and the ability to stand up well in a contested pack. Steph’s love for the game is also seen in her job, as she works at the Western Australia Football Commission.

45. Amy Catterall
Age:
24
State:
Victoria
Club:
St.Kilda Sharks 
Position:
Full Forward
Comment:
 Amy is a key forward, who is strong in the air and can kick a bag on her day. She is a physical player who can take a good contested mark. A state representative and premiership player, Amy came through the youth girl’s system. 

47. Alex Price
Age:
17
State:
South Australia
Club:
Port Adelaide Magpies 
Position:
Forward
Comment:
 Alex is a two-time South Australian Youth Girl representative. She is a very lively small forward who never gives up. She is rarely beaten in a one on one contest and will relish this opportunity – playing in a more challenging environment.

49. Bronwyn Davey
Age:
33
State:
South Australia
Club:
Greenacres 
Position:
Half Forward
Comment:
Bronwyn is the sister of Melbourne’s Aaron Davey’s and like her brother has good pace and clean hands.  An experienced player who can provide an option up forward, Bronwyn can also sneak a couple of goals. She’s an active member of the SAWFL and is a great mentor to Indigenous girls.