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VFLW Squad Announced

Essendon’s inaugural VFLW Squad has been confirmed, featuring an exciting mix of youth and experience as the team heads into its first season.

Five AFLW players have been selected, including captain Lisa Williams and playing assistant coach Lauren Morecroft who both spent time with the Western Bulldogs.

Giants trio Tanya Hetherington, Maddy Collier and Tait Mackrill will also don the sash, while former Magpie Kendra Heil rounds out the experienced group of senior players.

The new Bombers have come from far and wide with representatives from the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia joining their Victorian teammates for the year.

Stephanie Hird and Michaela Long – daughters of Essendon legends James Hird and Michael Long – have also been included in the squad.

Entry is free for the side’s historic first game at Windy Hill against Hawthorn on Sunday, with the first bounce set for 1:00pm.


1. Jessica Trend – Eastern

3. Monique DeMatteo – West Preston

4. Natasha Hardy – Sunbury

5. Stephanie Hird – Old Geelong

6. Alex Quigley – Sunbury

7. Kirby Hicks – Diamond Creek

8. Hayley Bullas – Diamond Creek

9. Lisa Williams (C) – Diamond Creek

10. Danica Pedersen – Keilor

12. Elizabeth Kearney – Eastern

13. Michaela Long – Diamond Creek

14. Jenna Barker – Seaford

15. Lauren Caruso – Keilor

16. Bella Nichols – Old Xaverians

17. Tanya Hetherington – Diamond Creek

18. Kendra Heil – Eastern

19. Bridie Winbanks – Blackburn/Oakleigh Chargers

20. Jessica Anwyl – Eastern

21. Katherine McFadyen – Eastern

22. Natalie MacDonald – Marcellin

23. Lauren Morecroft – Diamond Creek

25. Rebecca Neaves – St Kilda

26. Alexa Madden – Fitzroy

27. Alex Morcom – Diamond Creek

28. Carlee Portlock – St Kilda

29. Chloe Laan – Eastern

30. Simone Nalder – Diamond Creek

32. Tait Mackrill – Diamond Creek

34. Georgia Punton – Eastern

35. Valerie Moreau – Eastern

36. Jessica Wallace – Eastern

37. Irena Malliaras – Caulfield

38. Aysha Ward – VU Spurs

39. Carla Rendelmann – Aberfeldie/Calder Cannons

40. Gabby Golds – Old Xaverians

41. Molly Warburton – Gisborne/Calder Cannons

42. Kaitlyn Waldie – Redan

43. Danielle Ponter – Diamond Creek

44. Maddy Collier – Diamond Creek

45. Liz Flack – Diamond Creek

46. Courtney Ugle – Diamond Creek

47. Isabella Farchione – Diamond Creek

49. Erin Bult – Keilor

Development players:

Brittany Grech (Diamond Creek), Angelique Doulgeris (Old Collegians), Jessie Cameron (Keilor), Rhiarn Daley (Diamond Creek), Steph Harvie (Eastern), Georgia Harvey (Diamond Creek)

You can sign up as a VFLW member HERE or add it to your current Essendon membership HERE.