ELEVEN SHARKS SITED IN THE AFLW 2017

It was massive week for Women’s AFL, with the first-ever national draft taking place last Wednesday for the 2017 season. Our Sharks were in the middle of the action and we could not be more proud of the 10 players and one coach who have been selected to join AFL clubs next year.

This is a phenomenal achievement for both these women and the club. East Fremantle headed into Wednesday’s draft with four women already selected to play or coach next year. But the Club’s success doubled when an additional seven players found out they too would be taking part in the inaugural competition.

To see the hard work from everyone involved at the club, coaches, trainers and volunteers, as well as the effort from the girls themselves, pay off, is an absolute dream come true for the Sharks.

Next year’s competition will make history, and we can’t wait to watch our Sharks be a part of it.

Training commences for all teams during late November and the players are eager to get started.

The competition will take place in February and March, with the fixtures yet to be released. More information on the competition is available on www.afl.com.au/womens

The Club’s success is only just beginning, as we continue to train and develop the skills of our players, so they too have the opportunity to play football at this level.

We look forward to seeing East Fremantle’s talent on the big screen next year, and hope you will get behind the competition. With Sharks at 4 of the 8 teams, the hardest part will be choosing a side to support!

If you’re interested in playing footy for the Sharks, contact president@eastfreosharks.com.au or call Kate on 0410 400 616. Visit www.facebook.com/eastfreosharks for the latest updates

Emma Swanson

GWS Giants Marquee Player

Age: 21

Position: Midfield

Work or study: Football Development

Achievements and awards: 2016 East Fremantle Co-Captain, 2016 East Fremantle Joint B&F Winner, 2016 Fremantle FC, Melbourne FC

2011 -13 WA U18YG  

2013 + 2015, 2016 WA Open

4x Peel Thunderbird Best and Fairest

2012 State U18s Vice Captain

2013 State U18s Captain

2013 #29 Draft Pick MFC

Emma is a tall midfielder who will use height, strength and leap to advantage. Will win the ball inside and deliver forward.  Also drops back to take intercept marks in defence

Alex Williams

GWS Giants Priority Player

Age: 23

Position: Forward

Achievements and awards:

Fremantle FC 2016

Vice Captain 2016

State open and U/23s player

2009 WA U16             

2010 + 2011 WA U18YG

2016 WA U23

2016 WA Open Women

Alex is versatile in the air and on the ground. Has strong clean hands overhead and presents strongly on the lead. A hard working, reliable, team player.

                                                                  

Gabby O’Sullivan

Dockers Rookie

Age: 22

Position: Defender

Achievements and awards:

2016 East Fremantle Rookie of the Year

Gabby has only played 6 games of footy since school, but is a skillful and surprisingly fast defender and played key position shut down roles against much bigger opponents.    

Brianna Green

Dockers #13

Age: 19

Position: Midfielder

Work or study: Studies Health Science at Curtin University

Achievements and awards: Co-captained the National U/18 youth girls team premiership, 2015 East Fremantle Best and Fairest.

Brianna is a classy ball winner who had an outstanding WAWFL season. She is small but goes in harder than anyone, great tackle.

Jessica Wuetschner

Brisbane Lions #34

Age: 24

Position: Forward

Occupation: Studying (Cert 3 &4 in Fitness)

Achievements and awards:

3x TASWAFL Leading Goal Kicker

3x TASWAFL B&F

Tasmanian State Team 11-13

Tas State Vice captain 2013

WA State Team 2015-16

17th pick in 2015 Draft to Western Bulldogs 3 x East Fremantle Leading Goal Kicker

3x Clarence FC Leading Goal Kicker

4x Clarence B&F

Jessica plays taller than she is and is a left footer with precision kicking skill

Caitlyn Edwards

Collingwood #43

Age: 20

Position: Defender

Achievements and awards:

Fremantle FC AFL 2016

WB rep 2014/15

2013-2014 All Australian

2009- 2011 WA U16   

2012 – 2014 WA U18YG

2012 Division 2 Best & Fairest

2014 Best & Fairest East Fremantle

2015 WA Open           

2016 WA U23

Caitlyn is a strong tackler with precision kicking skills. Creates space of the half back line

Melissa Caulfield

Dockers #77

Age: 28

Position: Forward/Midfielder

Work or study: Personal Assistant

Achievements and awards: 2009 WAWFL Rookie of the Year,

2010 and 2011 WAWFL Best and Fairest,

2011 & 2016 State Team WA,

2011 All Australian,

2011 East Fremantle Premiership player,

2011 WAWFL Leading Goal Kicker,

2011 and 2016 Joint East Fremantle Best and Fairest,

2012 East Fremantle Best and Fairest,

2013 – AFL National Women’s Draft Pick 15 Melbourne,

2014 – AFL National Women’s Draft Pick 4 Bulldogs

Mel is a classy midfielder with the ability to push forward and score goals. Huge kick, quick and agile, with good football smarts. Good understanding of structures and reads the ball well.

Cassie Davidson

Dockers #84

Age: 20

Recruited from: East Fremantle

Position: Half back flank/midfielder

Work or study: Painter

Achievements and awards:

2016 U/23 WA State representative

2014 U/18 youth girls premiership

2013 WA Kick Start Indigenous team & All Australian

2016 Fremantle v West Coast exhibition match player

Peel Thunderbirds Rising Star Award 2014

Peel Thunderbirds Runners Up B&F 2014 & 2015

Versatile backliner who can also have a run in the mid, hits the contest hard and opponent harder.

Belinda Smith

Dockers #100

Age: 21

Position: Defender

Work or study: Studies Physiotherapy at Curtin University

Achievements and awards:

2013 Claremont Best and Fairest,

2013 U/18 All Australian team,

2011 Claremont Rookie of the Year,

2013 & 2015 WA State Team,

2016 WA U23s State Team

Belinda is an athletic defender who provides plenty of run and creativity from defence.Worked hard on winning the contested ball in 2016

Ruby Schleicher

Collingwood #137

Age: 18

Position: Utility

Achievements and Awards:

2015 & 2016 U18s State Team

2016 EF Rookie of the Year

2014 EF Youth Girls B&F

2015 EF Youth Girls Runner Up B&F and Leading Goal Kicker

Ruby is a versatile player with a fantastic vertical leap.

Nikki Harwood

Collingwood Assistant Coach

Achievements and awards:

6 x state player

5 x All Australian

4 x Premiership player

2011 WAWFL Premiership Coach

EFWFC Coach 2011-2013

EFFC Colts Backline Coach 2016

EFFC Opposition Analyst 2015

WB Co Head Coach 2014

WB Asst coach 2015

MFC Asst coach 2013

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