CARLTON has turned to the x-factor of Vaomua Laloifi with selection No.52 in the 2019 NAB AFL Women’s Draft.
The 26-year-old defender was a pillar of the Western Bulldogs’ VFLW defence which surged its way to a Grand Final.
Outstanding in the air, Laloifi consistently makes an impact in the one-on-one contest and is just likely to influence with a spoil as she is to intercept mark.
One of her main strengths is her ability to turn defence into attack, using her clean hands to win possession and get her team going.
Her drafting to Carlton caps off a landmark 12 months for the new Blue, with her campaign marking a successful return from an ACL injury sustained in May 2018.
GM of Women’s Football Ash Brown said all at Carlton couldn’t wait to see what Laloifi had to offer in the AFLW environment.
“‘Mua’ has shown what she can do in the VFLW competition and she has earned her chance to show what she’s capable of in the elite competition” Brown said.
“She took her game up a notch this year, which was really impressive on the back of that ACL injury, and we think she can go to another level.
“She plays the game the right way, she defends hard and she showed quite a few times in the VFLW season that she can be a really strong presence in the back half.”
Recruited from: Western Bulldogs VFLW