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Date of birth:
27/05/88
Height: 170cm
Club of origin: Darebin Falcons
Preferred position: Midfielder
Player number: 6

Selection No.1 in 2013 Draft
Captain Darebin Falcons
9 x Premiership player
6 x Victorian player
6 x All-Australian
6 x VWFL Premier Division B&F – Helen Lambert Medal
1 x VFL Women’s Best and Fairest – 2016
2016 VFL Women’s Team of the Year

Pearce is an intelligent footballer, quick decision-maker and effective passer of the ball by hand or foot. She frequently runs her opposition off their legs with her elite endurance and work ethic. She is the most decorated player in the game, having been an All-Australian four times at National Championships, a six-time Helen Lambert medallist for best player in the VWFL and two-time best on ground player in exhibition matches. She was recently awarded the inaugural VFL Women’s Best and Fairest for the 2016 season.

Day job: Previously a midwife and now an intern with Melbourne Football Club

Twitter:
@DaisyPearce6
Instagram:
@DaisyPearce6



Date of birth:
18/12/84
Height: 172cm
Club of origin: Darebin Falcons
Preferred position: Defender
Player number: 18

Selection No.11 in 2013 Draft
3 x Victorian player
6 x Premiership player
2 x All-Australian
2016 VFL Women’s Team of the Year
Grew up in Mildura, a distant relation to Geelong great Reg Hickey

One of Melbourne’s marquee players, Hickey sits amongst the best defenders in the game having represented Melbourne throughout the exhibition series. She has an aggressive attack on the ball and tries to hurt her opponent by running off and attacking at any opportunity.

Day job: Fitness consultant

Twitter:
@melissahickey18
Instagram:
@melissahickey18



Elise O'Dea

Date of birth: 04/09/91
Height: 172cm
Club of origin: Darebin Falcons
Snapshot: A tough, quick and strong midfielder who moves well in terrific and uses the ball cleanly. She is originally from the ACT.
Player number: 5

What Melbourne recruiting manager – AFL Women’s Anthony DeJong says:
“She’ll play through the midfield and up forward. She has elite skills and can go in and get the ball, so we’re rapt to have her and she will complement Karen Paxman, Mel Hickey and Daisy Pearce through that midfield. Elise will add extra strength through there. Her family is made up of lifetime Melbourne supporters and she made the shift down from Canberra four years ago to play at the Darebin Falcons and we’re just rapt to have her.”



Meg Downie
Date of birth:
03/01/1989
Height: 176cm
Club of origin: St Kilda Sharks
Player number: 2

Snapshot: Recently sidelined through injury, Downie will be fully recovered in time for pre-season. A state representative in the sport, Downie has played women's football for four years and will bring versatility, height and balance to the backline and across the board. Her strong defensive attributes along with her peak fitness will only strengthen the team. 



Emma Humphries

Date of birth: 27/07/95
Height: 164cm
Club of origin: Burnie Dockers
Snapshot: An excellent runner who plays through the midfield
Player number: 3

What Melbourne recruiting manager – AFL Women’s Anthony DeJong says:
“Emma is from Burnie in Tasmania and has played in the past two exhibition games. She provides good run and carry. She had an outstanding game for Tasmania against the Northern Territory earlier in the year at the Peanut Farm Reserve in St Kilda. She’s got really good outside ball carriage ability and she can bounce it and provide a lot of outside run for us.”



Date of birth: 25/11/88
Height: 170cm
Club of origin: Darebin Falcons
Preferred position: Half-back
Player number: 4

Selection No.6 in 2013 Draft
7 x premiership player
4 x Victorian player
4 x All Australian
5 x club Best and Fairest
2016 VFL Women’s Team of the Year

Day job: Community Services Coordinator at Melbourne Football Club

An elite four-quarter performer with an exceptional work rate, Paxman is regarded as one of the best runners in the league. Highly competitive, Paxman plays predominantly in the midfield and half-back. She returned to football at the highest level in 2016 after taking a year off and was Melbourne’s top possession getter in the 2016 AFL Women’s All-Stars game.

Day job: Community Services Coordinator with Melbourne Football Club

Instagram:
@paxypaxman



Sarah Lampard
Date of birth:
 07/07/97
Height: 170cm
Club of origin: VU Western Spurs
Player number: 8

What Melbourne recruiting manager – AFL Women’s Anthony DeJong says:
“Sarah is from the Western Spurs and had her first year at VFL level in 2016. She provides some good run through the midfield and we think she’ll be a player who adds depth to the midfield. She will provide some good support with rotations in 16 a side footy.”



Alyssa Mifsud
Date of birth:
22/12/94
Height: 184cm
Club of origin: VU Western Spurs
Player number: 9

What Melbourne recruiting manager – AFL Women’s Anthony DeJong says:
“It was Alyssa’s first year at senior football. We think she can play through the midfield and forward as well. She’s got really clean hands and she’s probably one of the strongest players in the competition, so we think we can use her physicality upfront and through the midfield. She is an exciting young prospect for us.”



Laura Duryea
Date of birth:
14/12/83
Height: 176cm
Club of origin: Diamond Creek
Player number: 11

Snapshot: Duryea is an experienced and versatile player with premiership experience and will provide plenty of height, both in the backline and as a ruck option. Her willingness to win the football coupled with her speed, will only strengthen the team. A member of the 2012 Irish Women's AFL team, Duryea also captained the Victorian Gaelic team in 2016, making All Australian.



Shelley Scott
Date of birth:
16/03/88
Recruited from: VU Western Spurs
Player number: 12

What Melbourne recruiting manager – AFL Women’s Anthony DeJong says:
“Shelley Scott is a netballer from Colac. She is super competitive and she brings versatility. This year she has played through the midfield, down back and up forward. She’s super competitive and has only played six or seven games, but there is a really big upside for Shelley. She’s a champion netballer from the Geelong and Colac region.”



Katherine Smith

Date of birth: 28/09/97
Height: 164cm
Club of origin: Blackburn/Eastern Devils
Snapshot: Captained Vic Metro Youth Girls squad in 2016 and was best-on-ground in the Grand Final. She is a talented midfielder/defender.
Player number: 13

What Melbourne recruiting manager – AFL Women’s Anthony DeJong says:
“Katherine captained Vic Metro Youth Girls, which won the championships this year. For an 19-year-old, she brings immense leadership and she also played in the VFL in the backend of the season. Katherine played really well defensively and we watched her closely on video and her skills, leadership and decision-making were outstanding. She’ll be added to our defensive line.”

Lily Mithen 
Date of birth: 02/03/98
Height: 159cm
Club of origin: North Geelong
Snapshot: Small, courageous midfielder who has great skills and was a decorated Youth Girls player with Vic Country
Player number: 14

What Melbourne recruiting manager – AFL Women’s Anthony DeJong says:
“Lily Mithen is a former captain of Vic Country. She’s from Geelong and will play midfield, back and up forward. She’ll be a really good linkage player for us and she has the potential to become a 10-year prospect for us.”

Lauren Pearce
Date of birth: 12/01/93
Height: 184cm
Club of origin: Darebin Falcons
Snapshot: From a basketball background, she took part in the AFL talent search program earlier this year
Player number: 15
 
What Melbourne recruiting manager – AFL Women’s Anthony DeJong says:
“Lauren is one of our rucks. She’ll play first ruck for us and she recently played in the exhibition game and also picked up 18 possessions through the midfield. She’ll also be able to go forward for us as well. We’re really happy with her. She’s a young player who has come across from basketball this year. She was identified through the talent search at the start of the year and has gone on in leaps and bounds. She is a great example of player who is playing dual sports.”



Aliesha Newman
Date of birth:
16/05/95
Height: 158cm
Club of origin: N/A
Player number: 16

Snapshot: Although Newman has not played in the VFL/VWFL competition, she is no stranger to football. Newman played primary and secondary school football until converting to soccer in her later years and currently plays in the National Women's Premier League for Calder United. Newman has also been heavily involved in athletics, representing her state on numerous occasions in cross country and track and field. 



Jasmine Grierson
Date of birth:
16/05/98
Club of origin: Cranbourne
Player number: 19

What Melbourne recruiting manager – AFL Women’s Anthony DeJong says:
“Jasmine is another player from the Youth Girls and is from Cranbourne. She comes from the Casey region, which is an important part of our club. Jasmine is a young player with good skills and good decision-making and we think in the future years she’ll be a really good player. She played Youth Girls this year, but also stood up and played a handful of VFL games as well.”



Harriet Cordner
Date of birth:
22/07/92
Height: 177cm
Player number: 21

The granddaughter of 1946 Melbourne Brownlow Medal winner Donald Cordner, Harriet Cordner joined Melbourne as a Category B rookie after five seasons in the National Women’s Premier League, mostly recently with Melbourne United. The surname Cordner will no doubt strike a chord with many Melbourne supporters. Premiership player Don Cordner played 166 games for Melbourne from 1941-50 and was named in the back pocket in Melbourne’s Team of the Century in 2000, while brothers Denis, Ted and John also played for the red and blue. A two-time club champion, Denis played in Melbourne’s 1948 and 1955-56 premiership teams and was named in Melbourne’s Team of the Century as the starting ruckman.
A multitalented athlete, Harriet Cordner played Auskick growing up before changing to athletics and then soccer. After attending the AFL’s National Talent Search for athletes, who had never played AFL in the middle of the year, Cordner said she was excited to make the shift to football.



Brooke Patterson
Date of birth:
11/10/89
Height: 172cm
Club of origin: Darebin Falcons
Player number: 24

What Melbourne recruiting manager – AFL Women’s Anthony DeJong says:
“Brooke is from Darebin Falcons and she’ll play through the midfield and help out in defence as well. She’s just come in and played for Darebin this year and made an impact.”



Richelle ‘Rocky’ Cranston

Date of birth: 25/09/89
Height: 171cm
Club of origin: Geelong Magpies
Snapshot: Super quick forward who has clean hands and is a reliable kick for goal
Player number: 30

What Melbourne recruiting manager – AFL Women’s Anthony DeJong says:  
“She has a gridiron background and played for Geelong in the VFL. Richelle’s previously played full-forward and she moved into the midfield recently and she can also pinch-hit in the ruck as well. She gives us some versatility and x-factor as well. She also has plenty of pace and will become a crowd favourite. She’s got the dreadlocks and she’ll make an impact for us. She’s one of three players we’ve picked up from Geelong.”



Cat Phillips
Date of birth: 
13/10/91
Height: 175cm
Club of origin: Melbourne University
Preferred position: Centre-half forward/wing
Player number: 35

6x Australian Ultimate Frisbee representative 
World Games Silver medallist
World u23 Championships Gold medallist
World u20 Championships Silver medallist
Australian u20 Captain
2x Australian National Champion
Victorian All Star selection 

Phillips joins Melbourne as a Category B rookie after transitioning to AFL in 2016 following a highly accomplished career in ultimate frisbee. Blessed with both speed and endurance, Phillips was a standout at the AFL’s nationwide talent search in January with top results in both the beep test and 20m sprint. Suited to the wing, Phillips will provide plenty of pace and athleticism.

Day job: Mechanical engineer

Instagram: @catphill3



Ainslie Kemp
Date of birth:
18/03/97
Height: 170cm
Club of origin: VU Western Spurs
Snapshot: She is a dangerous forward with great hands
Player number: 36

What Melbourne recruiting manager – AFL Women’s Anthony DeJong says:
“Ainslie is a youngster from Kyneton/Victoria University Western Spurs. She played for us against Brisbane on the MCG and kicked a goal from outside 50 metres in that particular game. She’s plays predominantly up forward, but she’s got versatility and is capable of playing in the midfield. She’s a clever, developing player and we think she’s a really good prospect for us at Melbourne.”