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Carlton’s forward line will be in safe hands, with Darcy Vescio joining the Blues women’s team as a marquee player.

The 22-year-old full forward currently plays with the Darebin Falcons, which is touted as the most successful women’s team in Australia.

Vescio, who started playing footy when she was five, is a three-time premiership player with the Falcons and has represented the Victorian state team on two occasions.

After being selected with pick three in the 2014 draft, Vescio has played for the Western Bulldogs for the last two years.

She is known for her clean hands and regularly puts herself in dangerous positions, making her a handful for opposition defenders. 

Vescio works at Carlton three days a week as a graphic designer, and is fittingly working on the design for the inaugural women’s guernsey. 

Full forward
Darebin Falcons player – current
3 x premiership player with the Darebin Falcons
Selection #3 2014 draft
Western Bulldogs player – 2014, 2015
Victorian state team – 2013, 2015
2016 Australia Post AFL Multicultural Ambassador
Day job: Graphic designer
DOB: 3/08/1993 


Twitter: @darcyvee
Instagram: darcyvee



Carlton is delighted to have secured Brianna Davey as one of its marquee players for its inaugural women’s team in 2017.

The 21-year-old began her professional sporting career playing soccer, even making the Matildas national squad as goalkeeper. 

After winning the 2016 W-League championship with Melbourne City, Davey decided to switch codes, making her one of only a handful of female footballers that have played another sport at the highest level.

The versatile defender, who also plays in the midfield, currently plays with the St Kilda Sharks, and has represented the Bulldogs for the past two years. 

Davey is known for her sure hands and her ability to break away from packs. She can play in a key position role or as a bullocking mid.

Wherever she plays, one thing is for sure: she can blow a game wide open.

There’s no doubt she’s going to be an asset for the Old Dark Navy Blues. 

Defender/midfielder
Western Bulldogs – 2015 & 2016
St Kilda Sharks – current
Melbourne Victory W-League - 2010–2015 (championship player 2013-2014)
Melbourne City W-League - championship player 2016
Former goalkeeper for the Matildas
Day job: Davey is currently studying to be a teacher
DOB: 13/01/1995

Twitter: @BriannaDavey
Instagram: BriannaDavey_ 



Carlton Football Club is delighted to announce it has secured the signature of Lauren Arnell, who will play for the Blues in the inaugural women’s competition in 2017.

The Club was granted permission from the AFL to pre-sign Arnell as a priority selection due to her existing relationship with Carlton.

Hailing from Clarkefield in Victoria, Arnell, an inside midfielder, played basketball until she was 17 years old, before taking up football in 2005.

Earlier this year the eight-time Darebin premiership player became the Blues’ first Visy Female Football Ambassador, and played a pivotal role in shaping Carlton’s successful bid for one of the eight licences.

Inside midfielder
Darebin Falcons player – current
8 x premiership player with the Darebin Falcons
6 x Victorian rep
3 x All Australian
2013 Darebin leading goal kicker
Played for the Western Bulldogs in all six AFL exhibition games
Day job: AFL Victoria Education & Training Manager
DOB: 15/03/1987

Twitter: @Larnell13
Instagram: lozarnell



Lifelong Bluebagger Kate Shierlaw will boost Carlton’s forward line and ruck stocks when she pulls on the navy blue jumper as a rookie in 2017.
 
Standing at 186cm tall, Shierlaw will be the tallest player on Carlton’s list, providing her teammates with a target no matter where she plays on the ground.

The Adelaide-born forward hails from an athletics background (basketball and javelin) and began playing football for the Wimbledon Hawks in the AFL London Women’s League. She won the Hawks' best and fairest this season, highlighting her ability to adapt to the sport. 

Women’s senior coach Damien Keeping says although Shierlaw has only recently taken up the game, her desire and work ethic to improve her football skills is second to none.

DOB: 28/02/1989
Height: 186cm
Position: Ruck/Forward
Club: Wimbledon Hawks

Twitter: @kateshierlaw_
Instagram: kateshierlaw





Carlton’s midfield has gained plenty of pace, with Nat Exon joining the team as rookie for 2017.

After dabbling in soccer and middle distance running for a number of years, Exon returned to football this season and made an immediate impact.

She joined the Darebin Falcons – the most successful women’s football team in Australia – and played a key role in its fourth consecutive VFL Women’s Grand Final victory in September.

Women’s senior coach Damien Keeping says Nat’s elite outside run and kicking ability will strengthen the Blues’ midfield.

DOB: 7/12/1992
Height: 162cm
Position: Midfielder
Club: Darebin Falcons

Twitter: @NatExon
Instagram: nat.exon




Carlton has secured the services of Bianca ‘BJ’ Jakobsson, selecting the forward with its first selection in the AFL Women's draft.

Hailed as one of the elite players in this year’s talent pool she will further strengthen the Blues’ forward line.

The 23-year-old has “incredible” athletic attributes according to senior women’s coach Damien Keeping, matching her ability to take strong contested marks.

“Bianca has supreme decision-making skills when she has the ball,” Keeping said.

“Not only will she aid our forward line, but she has the versatility to play a role through the midfield and down back when required.”

After recovering from a severe knee injury, Jakobsson was named the Western Bulldogs most influential player in the team’s win over Western Australia earlier this year – a true testament of her character.

DOB: 30/03/1993
Height: 174cm
Position: Forward
Club: Cranbourne

 



The power athlete has played five seasons of senior women’s football, after falling in love with Aussie Rules as a child.

She made her debut for Melbourne’s women’s team earlier this year and prides herself on her ability to cover the ground, as well as provide an option up forward.

Senior women’s coach Damien Keeping says Gillespie-Jones has a solid pair of hands and has the capability to make her own space.

“Kate’s strength in the marking contest, coupled with her ability to burst through congested packs makes her a difficult match-up for any opposition,” Keeping said.

DOB: 26/04/1991
Height: 
179cm
Position: 
Multi-positional

Club: 
Seaford Tigerettes




Sarah Hosking exploded onto the women’s football scene after being introduced to AFL through a talent search in March this year.

Hailing from an elite netball background, Hosking has developed into one of the most promising midfielders in the competition in just six months.

Senior women’s coach Damien Keeping says she will add depth to the Blues' midfield.

“Sarah’s ability to impact within, as well as on the outside of the contest, will make her a critical weapon in our search for midfield dominance in 2017,” Keeping said.

DOB: 2/12/1995
Height: 164cm
Position: Midfielder
Club: Seaford

When Gabriella Pound has the ball in hand, the opposition better lookout, with senior women’s coach Damien Keeping describing her as “dangerous”.

The young forward is an elite kick and exceptional decision-maker, who can also play down back if required.

“Gabriella has a real passion for the contest and is one of the most damaging players in the game,” Keeping said.

“We’re very excited to have a player of Gabriella’s ability wearing the navy blue jumper next year.” 

DOB: 16/10/1994

Height: 
166cm

Position: Forward

Club: Melbourne University




Danielle Hardiman is a key defender with a strong set of hands – perfect for taking contested marks.

After recovering from an injury that hampered the back half of her 2016 VFL season, Hardiman will be fit and ready to hit the track in 2017. 

Senior women’s coach Damien Keeping praised Hardiman’s effective use of the ball.

“Danielle’s skills are very good and she always uses the ball well,” Keeping said.

“Her ability to read the flight of the ball is instinctive, which sets her a part from others in the competition.”  

Hardiman will play a key role in shaping the Blues’ defence next year.

DOB: 7/12/1994
Height: 
175cm
Position: Defender
Club: 
Cranbourne

 

A fierce in-and-under midfielder, you’ll usually find Audley at the bottom of the packs.

Her competitive nature means she enjoys the physical aspect of the game, always tackling opponents no matter what their size.

Senior women’s coach Damien Keeping says Audley is always able to find her own ball when the game is on the line.

“Shae has an incredible ability to find her own ball and use it well,” Keeping said.

“Her impact deep within contests will be critical to the success of our midfield.

The coach also noted Audley is a player you love to play with, and despise playing against!

DOB: 13/06/1988

Height: 160cm

Position: Midfielder

Club: Diamond Creek




Described by senior women’s coach Damien Keeping as “one of the most exciting youth girl graduates” this year, Arye is a key forward who can take solid contested marks.

Her versatility to also rotate into the midfield makes her a tremendous acquisition for the team.

“Bella’s workrate and endurance allows her to be competitive from the first bounce of the ball, until the final siren,” Keeping said.

“Although she generally plays up forward and can pinch-hit in the midfield, Bella can also help down back if required, so she’s an extremely flexible player.”

Highlighting her talent, Ayre was named runner-up in Bendigo Thunder's best and fairest this season.

DOB: 09/12/1998
Height: 176cm
Position: Forward
Club: Bendigo Thunder


Lauren Brazzale will be a difficult match-up for any opponent next year, with senior women’s coach Damien Keeping exclaiming Brazzale has the potential to be “an excitement machine”.

“Lauren possesses an electrifying ability to burst from contests and has a unique ability to turn a game with her run and carry, as well as her goalkicking ability,” Keeping said.

This was evident in 2013 when Brazzale helped RMIT win their third consecutive grand final in The Australian University Games. 

She set the game on fire with seven first-half goals, proving to be the match-winner.

DOB: 5/11/1993
Height: 163cm

Position: Midfielder
Club: Diamond Creek



Breann Moody is a player on the rise, and that’s not because she’s a towering ruck.

The young gun’s 2016 VFL season saw her well and truly stamp her authority in the ruck division throughout the competition.

Senior women’s coach Damien Keeping says Moody’s flexibility to play various roles on the ground is a huge positive.

“Breann has the versatility to play in front and behind the ball around the contests,” Keeping said.

“This means we’ll have the potential to build an elite midfield around her for years to come, and makes her extremely valuable.”

In addition to her rucking talents, Moody’s overhead marking will thrill Blues fans and makes her one of the most exciting players in the competition.

DOB: 4/03/1997
Height: 180cm
Position: Ruck
Club: Cranbourne

 



Jessica Hosking, the identical twin sister of Sarah Hosking, will be a long-term asset to the Blues’ list according to senior women’s coach Damien Keeping.

Although the inside midfielder is undergoing rehab for a knee injury, Keeping strategically recruited the youngster in order safeguard Carlton’s future.

“Jessica is a physical inside mid who comes from an elite netball background like her sister,” Keeping said.

“Her application to her rehab means, in time, she’ll make a full recovery and play a vital role in our midfield.”

DOB: 2/12/1995
Height: 164cm

Position: Midfielder

Club: Seaford




As a former cricketer, Plane brings a wealth of knowledge about performing in elite sporting environments.

A strong inside midfielder, she will be an asset in the middle and around the stoppages.

The 20-year-old’s ability to not only dissect the ball from congestion, but then to run and carry into space, makes her an “exciting prospect”.

“Nat’s agility and speed will add further depth to our midfield,” senior women’s coach Damien Keeping said.

“She has experience in operating in a professional sporting environment, so I have no doubt she will adapt and thrive at Carlton.”

DOB: 4/08/1996
Height: 168cm
Position: Midfielder
Club: Seaford

 



Carlton is delighted to have secured the talents of Sarah Last, a tall running defender who is coming off an amazing VWFL season for Bendigo.

Although she’s relatively new to the game, having hailed from a netball/basketball background, her performance this year played a significant role in Bendigo reaching the 2016 grand final.

Senior women’s coach Damien Keeping says Last has plenty of natural ability and a fierce competitive streak.

“Sarah’s knack to read the ball in flight is matched by her brutal competitiveness,” Keeping said.

Last will be sure to leave a ‘lasting’ impression on Blues fans in 2017.

DOB: 15/12/1996

Height: 172cm

Position: Defender

Club: Bendigo




Labeled as ‘one to watch in 2016’ Tilly Lucas-Rodd will add pace and agility to Carlton’s midfield next season.

The youngster’s speed, coupled with her ball carrying ability, will play a significant role in providing versatility and run in the Blues’ midfield.

Senior women’s coach Damien Keeping has been impressed with Lucas-Rodd’s junior football career and looks forward to having her on the team.

“Having performed well through her youth girls years, Tilley has grown into her role at senior level at the St Kilda Sharks,” Keeping said.

“She’ll bring a different dimension to our group, that’s for sure.”

DOB: 18/04/1996
Height: 160cm
Position: Midfielder
Club: St Kilda Sharks 


A hard running inside midfielder, Keryk knows how to impact stoppages.

The 21-year-old’s versatility means she can also move up forward, creating an awkward match-up for the opposition.

Senior women's coach Damien Keeping says Keryk is a wonderful team player that exudes positivity.

“Madeline has the ability to bring others into the game, and I know she will be an extremely encouraging teammate,” Keeping said.

“She has a super work ethic and an infectiously positive nature.”

DOB: 9/03/1995
Height: 169cm
Position: Midfielder
Club: Melbourne University

 

Katie Loynes is widely recognised as one of the “most dominant” midfielders in the competition, according to senior women’s coach Damien Keeping.

Having recently recovered form a knee injury, Loynes has shown tremendous resilience and overcome challenges to achieve positive outcomes.

“Katie’s experience and work rate are cornerstones of her game,” Keeping said.

“She’s an amazingly valuable addition to the team and will strengthen our midfield.”

DOB: 23/03/1986
Height: 169cm
Position: Midfielder
Club: Diamond Creek




A natural athlete with an appetite for the contest, Kate Darby will add flexibility to the Blues’ line-up in 2017.

Having played Aussie Rules as a junior with the boys, Darby returns to the game she loves and excels at.

“Kate is a natural athlete, with her height and strength tremendous attributes,” senior women’s coach Damien Keeping said.

“She can play a key role either forward of the ball or behind the contest, making her very versatile and valuable.”

DOB: 18/11/1990
Height: 180cm
Position: Forward/Defender


Standing at 188cm tall, Alison Downie will be an imposing ruck for Carlton in the inaugural competition.

Hailing from a basketball background, Downie has been playing senior football for five years and was this year named in the VFL Women’s Team of the Year.

Senior women’s coach Damien Keeping says Downie’s elite tap work will allow the Blues' midfield first use of the ball.

“Alison is a proven ruck whose tap work is second to none, the midfielders will love her,” Keeping said.

“She can also effectively read the play and her positioning behind the ball will help repel the opposition’s forward ball movement.”

DOB: 17/07/1984
Height: 188cm
Position: Ruck
Club: Diamond Creek



A traditional shutdown defender, Attard will play an important role for the Blues in the backline. 

She joined the Diamond Creek Women’s Football Club in 2008, and in 2012 played in their premiership victory.

Senior women’s coach Damien Keeping says Attard is a versatile defender who can play on the league’s most dangerous forwards.

“Laura’s ability to play on either tall or short opposition will be a real bonus for our team,” Keeping said.

“Also her commitment to elite training standards will have a positive influence across the entire squad.”

DOB: 10/09/1986
Height: 
168cm
Position: 
Defender
Club: 
Diamond Creek




Rebecca Privitelli is a key defender who’s willing to leave her player and take intercept marks.

She’s not only a good distributor of the ball, but Privitelli will also strengthen the Blues’ defensive structure.

Having played footy since she was a child, Privitelli went through the youth girls system and found her feet at senior level this year.

Senior women’s coach Damien Keeping added the 21-year-old is also capable of playing up forward too.

“Rebecca has proven she can go forward and be effective in front of goal,” Keeping said.

DOB: 3/01/1995
Height: 
169cm
Position: Defender
Club: 
Eastern Devils

Described by senior women’s coach Damien Keeping as “one of the most promising young guns in the game”, the Club is delighted Alison Brown will don the navy blue jumper in 2017.

At only 19-years-old, Brown has an elite vertical jump and solid hands, making her a dominant force in marking contests.

“Alison’s athleticism means she can work over her opponents from the start of a game until the end,” Keeping said.

“She’s a super exciting addition to our team, which will enthuse and thrill our members and supporters.”

Brown was recruited to the Blues as a free agent after the AFL Women’s draft.

DOB: 21/09/1997
Height:
179cm
Position: Midfielder
Club:
St Kilda Sharks

With “pace to burn”, Jessica Kennedy will add speed to Carlton’s midfield next season.

Kennedy’s ability to find her way through contests and emerge with the ball makes her a damaging player.

“Jess had an amazing season this year, taking home the best and fairest award at Bendigo Thunder,” women’s senior coach Damien Keeping said.

“With the capability to win her own ball, she will greatly add to our mid stocks.”

Kennedy was recruited to the Blues as a free agent after the AFL Women’s draft.

DOB: 12/07/1990
Height:
165cm
Position: Midfielder
Club:
Bendigo Thunder

Hayley Trevean’s competitive streak is like no other, with her willingness to chase and tackle a true trademark of her game.

A midsized forward who can also run through the midfield, Trevean will be an asset to Carlton’s line-up.

“Hayley’s game sense is second to none and her ability to deny the opposition the ball is a win for us,” women’s senior coach Damien Keeping said.

“Her positive attitude toward the game is very infectious, and I have no doubt her character will have a valuable affect on the development of our younger players.

Trevean was recruited to the Blues as a free agent after the AFL Women’s draft.

DOB: 10/08/1988
Height:
167cm
Position: Forward
Club:
Bendigo Thunder