The AFL women’s league superstars you should know

Women's AFL match between Queensland and Tasmania at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex on June 7, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. Photo: AFL Media

Women's AFL match between Queensland and Tasmania at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex on June 7, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. Photo: AFL Media

Forget Gary Ablett, Chris Judd, Patrick Dangerfield and Boomer Harvey.

The AFL has announced the 16 marquee players who will be the faces of the inaugural teams in its new women’s league. The big names include Daisy Pearce, Chelsea Randall, Moana Hope and Darcy Vescio.

Expect to see their names and numbers emblazoned on the back of kids’ jumpers from now on.

Here’s all you need to know.

 

Adelaide Crows

Chelsea Randall

Chelsea Randall. PHOTO: AFL MEDIA

Chelsea Randall. PHOTO: AFL MEDIA

  • Forward
  • Age: 25
  • Recruited from: Swan Districts (Western Australia)
  • 3x All-Australian
  • 2x West Australian Women’s Football League best-and-fairest
  • Played for Melbourne (2013-15)
  • 2x Western Australia representative

 

Kellie Gibson

  • Forward
  • Age: 20
  • Recruited from: Swan Districts (WA)/Morphetville Park (SA)
  • 5x WA youth girls representative
  • 2x WAWFL premiership player
  • Played for Melbourne (2014) and Western Bulldogs (2013, 2015)
  • Played rugby sevens and won gold at 2014 Youth Olympics

 

Brisbane Lions

Tayla Harris

  • Ruck/forward
  • Age: 19
  • Recruited from: Zillmere (QLD)
  • 5x Queensland youth girls representative
  • Played with Melbourne (2014-15) and Brisbane Lions (2016)

 

Sabrina Frederick-Traub

  • Full forward
  • Age: 20
  • Recruited from: South Fremantle (WA)
  • 2x youth girls All-Australian
  • 2x WA representative
  • Played for Melbourne (2015)

 

 

Carlton

Darcy Vescio

  • Full forward
  • Age: 23
  • Recruited from: Darebin Falcons (Victoria)
  • 3x Victorian Women’s Football League premiership player
  • 2x Victoria representative
  • #3 draft pick (2014)
  • Played for Western Bulldogs (2014-15)

 

Brianna Davey

  • Defender/midfield
  • Age: 21
  • Recruited from: St Kilda Sharks (Victoria)
  • Former Matildas goal-keeper
  • Played A-League (2010-16)
  • Played for Western Bulldogs (2015-16)

 

History is made. #BoundByBlue

A photo posted by Carlton Football Club (@carlton_fc) on

 

Collingwood

Moana Hope

  • Full forward
  • Age: 28
  • Recruited from: St Kilda Sharks (Victoria)
  • 5x Victoria representative
  • VWFL leading goal-kicker
  • Played for Western Bulldogs (2014-15)

 

Emma King

  • Ruck
  • Age: 22
  • Recruited from: Coastal Titans (WA)
  • 2x WA representative
  • #1 draft pick (2014)
  • Played for Western Bulldogs (2014-15)

 

Fremantle

Kiara Bowers

  • Midfield
  • Age: 24
  • Recruited from: Coastal Titans (WA)
  • 5x WA representative
  • 4x WAWFL best-and-fairest
  • Played for Melbourne (2013-15)

 

Kara Donnellan

  • Midfielder
  • Age: 24
  • Recruited from: Swan Districts (WA)
  • Swan Districts captain
  • 3x All-Australian
  • 6x state representative
  • Played for Melbourne (2013-15)

 

Welcome to the club @kdjudd15 and @kiarabowers #journeyto2017 #foreverfreo

A photo posted by Fremantle Dockers (@freodockers) on

 

GWS Giants

Renee Forth

  • Midfield
  • Age: 29
  • Recruited from: Coastal Titans (WA)
  • Coastal Titans captain
  • 4x WA representative
  • Played for Melbourne (2013-14) and Western Bulldogs (2015)

 

Emma Swanson

  • Midfield
  • Age: 21
  • Recruited from: East Fremantle (WA)
  • 4x WA representative
  • Played for Melbourne (2013-15)
  • Youth girls All-Australian

 

 

Melbourne

Daisy Pearce

Daisy Pearce. PHOTO: AFL MEDIA

Daisy Pearce. PHOTO: AFL MEDIA

  • Midfield
  • Age: 28
  • Recruited from: Darebin Falcons (Victoria)
  • 8x VWFL premiership player
  • 6x VWFL best-and-fairest
  • 4x All-Australian
  • 4x Victoria representative
  • #1 draft pick (2013)
  • Melbourne captain (2013-15)

 

Mel Hickey

  • Defender
  • Age: 31
  • Recruited from: Darebin Falcons (Victoria)
  • 4x VWFL premiership player
  • 2x All-Australian
  • 3x Victoria representative
  • Related to Geelong legend Reg Hickey

 

Western Bulldogs

Ellie Blackburn

  • Recruited from: Melbourne Uni (Victoria)
  • Played for Melbourne (2013-16)
  • 2x Victoria representative
  • All-Australian

 

Katie Brennan

Katie Brennan. PHOTO: AFL MEDIA

Katie Brennan. PHOTO: AFL MEDIA

  • Forward
  • Age: 23
  • Recruited from: Darebin Falcons (Victoria)
  • 2x Victoria representative
  • 3x All-Australian
  • 3x VWFL premiership player

 

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