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GIANTS Announce VFLW Squad

There are many familiar faces in the GIANTS' historic first VFL Women's squad.

The GIANTS have announced their inaugural 37-player squad for the 2019 VFL Women’s season.

The squad, that will play five invitational games across four months, has been training together for the past month and features a number of current and former GIANTS AFL Women’s players.

18 of the GIANTS’ 22 players signed for the 2020 AFL Women’s season are part of the squad while former GIANTS Melissa Freckleton, Rebecca Privitelli, Pippa Smyth will also pull on orange and charcoal once again. 

Due to AFLW rules requiring squads to be reduced to 22 players ahead of this year's NAB AFLW Draft, recently delisted Delma Gisu, Tait Mackrill, Ebony O’Dea, Britt Perry, Renee Tomkins and Lisa Whiteley will play to strengthen their chances of being re-drafted.

The VFLW program also gives a number of emerging New South Wales and ACT players the opportunity to play against some of the best players in the country.

GIANTS VFLW Head Coach Roger Moten said the fixtures are significant for the club’s overall women’s program.

"The program aims to retain female talent in NSW/ACT by reducing the likelihood of AFLW and local players wishing to move interstate to play state league football,” he said.

“It also provides talent development opportunities for local players aspiring to play AFLW and improves the game knowledge of squad members which will filter back to local clubs.

“The finalised squad, including the addition of 21 of last season’s AFLW players, has come together very well with a genuine understanding of the opportunities that lay ahead.” 

Moten said the games give the GIANTS great opportunity to identify players that could join the AFLW team through the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft later this year.

“For many of the girls, this is the perfect stepping stone to gaining a spot on our AFLW list for 2020,” he said.

“We will experiment with player positions in a bid to identify new opportunities, yet the expectation will be to deliver strong on field performances with an eye on achieving positive results.” 

The GIANTS’ VFLW team will play its first game against Williamstown on Saturday, May 11 at 12:00pm at Williamstown’s Downer Oval. Click here to see full 2019 fixture.

GIANTS 2019 VFL Women's Squad

Name

From

Jessica Allan

GIANTS

Jacinda Barclay

GIANTS/ UNSW-ES Bulldogs

Elle Bennetts

GIANTS

Ellie Brush

GIANTS/ Macquarie University

Jessica Dal Pos

GIANTS

Taylah Davies

GIANTS

Alicia Eva

GIANTS

Amanda Farrugia

GIANTS/ Macquarie University

Sarah Ford

East Coast Eagles

Melissa Freckleton

Inner West Magpies

Georgia Garnett

East Coast Eagles

Delma Gisu

GIANTS/ East Coast Eagles

Emily Goodsir

East Coast Eagles

Sarah Halverson

Newcastle City

Alexia Hamilton

Queanbeyan Tigers (ACT)

Tanya Hetherington

GIANTS

Jodie Hicks

GIANTS/ UNSW-ES Bulldogs

Lauren Houghton

Macquarie University

Lael Kassem

Inner West Magpies

Tait Mackrill

GIANTS/ UNSW-ES Bulldogs

Rylee McGartland

East Coast Eagles

Alice Mitchell

Mosman Swans

Ingrid Neilsen

GIANTS/ UNSW-ES Bulldogs

Ebony O’Dea

GIANTS

Alyce Parker

GIANTS/ UNSW-ES Bulldogs

Britt Perry

GIANTS

Rebecca Privitelli

UNSW-ES Bulldogs

Aimee Schmidt

GIANTS

Jasmine Smith

UNSW-ES Bulldogs

Pippa Smyth

Macquarie University

Cora Staunton

GIANTS/ UNSW-ES Bulldogs

Lisa Steane

Macquarie University

Louise Stephenson

GIANTS/ Sydney University

Brenna Tarrant

East Coast Eagles

Renee Tomkins

GIANTS/ East Coast Eagles

Britt Tully

GIANTS/ Ainslie (ACT)

Lisa Whiteley

GIANTS

Haneen Zreika

GIANTS/ East Coast Eagles