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About the EWN

Established in 1997, Essendon Women's Network (EWN) has long been regarded as the most successful women's group within the AFL. Members pay an annual subscription to belong to the EWN; with many more enjoying involvement at EWN functions.

Women – and men - of all ages, professions and backgrounds are part of the EWN and are united by the love of the game and their passion for the Club. The success of the EWN has proven to be an integral support group of the Essendon Football Club. The EWN provides its members with a number of events throughout the year while also being a voice for women within the Club and the broader AFL community.

What We Do

The EWN is and remains engaged, aligned and committed to supporting the club reach its strategic objectives. The EWN will assist the Club to ensure the EFC female engagement strategy is relevant and aligned to community views and changing expectations ensuring inclusion of all women throughout our community. EWN Committee members are actively participating in the development and stewardship of the EFC Equality and Diversity Strategy.

The EWN conduct a number of fundraising events throughout the year culminating in the major fundraising event the Grand Final Comedy Debate during AFL Grand Final week. This event highlights amazing women who continually contribute to our game of Australian Rules Football and present the Football Woman of the Year award. The event is coupled with a Comedy Debate that is uniquely focused on football.


Football Woman of the Year

The Football Woman of the Year Award recognises women who have made a significant contribution to the game of Australian Rules football. The award is presented by the Essendon Women's Network in conjunction with EFC and it is endorsed by the AFL and is open to all women.

The winner is announced at the Grand Final Comedy Debate at the Crown Palladium during the week of the AFL Grand Final. Previous winners have included Daisy Pearce, Jan Cooper, Peta Searle, Michelle Cowan, Belinda Duarter, Debbie Lee, Susan Alberti and Beverly Knight. The winner is announced at the Grand Final Comedy Debate during the week of the AFL Grand Final.

Further Information

Please contact Aysha Ward for more information on the Essendon Women’s Network:

Aysha Ward

Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator

(03) 8340 2163


2017 Events


Coterie BBQ

Wednesday 1st March, ‘The Hangar’, Essendon Football Club, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Culinary Chairman’s & Coteries Luncheon

Saturday 25th March, Round 1, Essendon vs Hawthorn – Olympic Room, MCG, 5:30pm 

EWN Networking Luncheon – ‘Change Ahead of Change’

Friday 9th June, Zinc Federation Square, 12:00pm-2:30pm  

Grand Final Comedy Debate

Thursday 28th September, Crown Palladium, 11:30am – 3:00pm

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Football Woman of the Year – NOMINATIONS OPEN until 30th July. Click here to nominate