VFLW 2022 squad

Number First Name Surname Dev? DOB Age Height
1 Courtney Ugle - 22/07/1996 25 160
2 Mikaela Trethowan - 29/01/2000 22 168
3 Sarah Ford - ? ? 160
4 Mia-Rae Clifford - 10/09/1986 35 170
5 Georgia Nanscawen - 27/05/1992 29 162
7 Jessie Davies - 27/06/1996 25 170
8 Eloise Ashley-Cooper - 01/08/2000 21 165
9 Marianna Anthony - 26/07/1997 24 168
10 Eleanor Cornish - 12/01/2000 22 177
11 Kasey Lennox yes 07/08/2003 18 174
12 Isabel Currenti - 12/02/1992 29 167
13 Elizabeth Hosking - 30/05/1995 26 168
14 Danielle Marshall - 15/08/1991 30 168
15 Lauren Caruso - 19/11/1999 22 161
16 Tamsin Crook - 03/10/2002 19 178
17 Federica Frew - 14/06/1996 25 167
18 Kendra Heil - 12/03/1988 33 166
19 Nicole Julian - 19/04/1992 29 168
20 Cecilia McIntosh - 21/06/1979 42 160
21 Alex Morcom - 22/08/1996 25 166
22 Natalie MacDonald - 11/12/1998 23 164
23 Amelia Radford yes 1996? 26 168
24 Renee Tierney - 23/05/2002 19 166
25 Bella Ayre - 09/12/1998 23 176
26 Joanne Doonan - 04/07/1994 27 167
30 Simone Nalder - 30/06/1990 31 186
31 Eloise Gardner - 01/07/1998 23 175
34 Rebecca McDonagh - 1990? 32 176
36 Reese Sutton yes 22/06/2004 17 166
37 Abbey Baillie-McDonald yes 05/02/2004 18 162
38 Olivia Manfre yes 18/09/2003 18 168
39 Scarlett Orritt yes 20/04/2004 17 169
41 Jordan Zanchetta - 18/03/1995 26 156
42 Octavia Di Donato yes 23/02/2004 17 172
44 Grace Dicker - 17/01/2001 21 166
45 Bella Clarke - 22/05/2001 20 173
46 Gloria Elarmaly - 24/02/2001 20 173
47 Stephanie Asciak yes 18/09/2003 18 165


OK, this article is a bit tangential to the thread title, but it does mention there will be few losses from the playing and coaching squad.

We had a lot of turnover in previous years.

It also looks like the NAB League Girls competition has been brought forward to stay tied to the VFLW and AFLW.

Matt Dea joins the coaching group.

Fresh off a maiden finals series, Essendon VFLW will kick off its pre-season today in preparation for the 2022 season.

With the Bombers entering the AFLW competition at the end of 2022, the strengthened VFLW program will see the players elevate their training schedule to three nights a week and undertake an online education session.

Construction of the club’s new state-of-the-art women’s facilities has been completed, with the Bombers planning to host VFLW home games at the NEC Hangar for the upcoming season. The VFLW players have full, dedicated access to the two ovals, indoor hangar, gym, altitude chambers, pool and hot/colds for recovery.

Uniquely, the Bombers’ VFLW elite high-performance and medical team is staffed almost entirely by females.

The Bombers look set to take their VFLW program to the next level in 2022, after an historic 2021 season which saw a preliminary-final appearance and captain Georgia Nanscawen become the Bombers’ first-ever Lambert-Pearce medallist as the league-wide best and fairest.

AFLW/VFLW football operations manager Charlotte Miller said there were substantial updates regarding the VFLW program ahead of the commencement of their pre-season campaign.

“This season, we’re really excited that our training program will be stepping up a notch to more closely mimic AFLW training weeks. We think this is a really great opportunity to see who from our group is able to step up and take this challenge on,” Miller said.

Pleasingly, almost our entire 2021 playing group are returning, minus those who have been successfully drafted to the AFLW competition. We are also very excited to welcome a bunch of very talented young players from across a number of NAB programs who have the opportunity to train with our program before the NAB League kicks off in a few weeks.

“In a further sign of our program’s stability, all members of our coaching panel will also return for the 2022 season, including senior coach Brendan Major, Gavin Urquhart, Chloe Laan, Brett Pollard and Jarrad Campbell, as well as a new appointment in former Bombers AFL player Matt Dea. We are also continuing to work closely with our AFL program, with some guest coaches to feature in our VFLW program across the season next year.

“With the extended lockdown and a late running of the VFLW season with finals, the academy program we had intended to run has now been absorbed into our VFLW program, exposing all our players to it and giving everyone the opportunity to buy in and prove they are ready for Essendon’s AFLW inaugural team in 2022.

“We’re really excited to build on the strong foundations we’ve laid across our VFLW program in recent years, as we continue our preparations for our inaugural AFLW season in 2022/2023.”


Good to see Matt Dea has returned to the club in a coaching role!


She’ll be ready by April :sunglasses:


Quite a few newbies (e.g. #35) to identify there (many of who would be trying out and not yet on the list, though).

I’m sure I should know who Push-up Girl is, but it’s not clicking.

More photos on Instagram: Tamsin appears to be the only one who doesn’t think she’s about to be shot!

After about six months (surgery during that period), Quigley is out of the moon boot!

Hey, this galley has names!

Hey, the first one is wrong :crazy_face: (it’s Grace Dicker, with sensibly-coloured hair – Jesse Davies appears in some other photos).

The rest of them are correct.

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Pushup Girl is our already-listed Gloria Elarmaly. Never played a game for us, but has been mentioned/shown by various players elsewhere.

Shelby Meyers included in the photos; Cannon/Doutta Star on our 2021 list but never played or named for us.

Hmmm. Maddi Price is wearing Stepnell’s #25.

Taylor Moss still around. She played round 1 of 2021, got destroyed, was replaced with Stepnell/Cornish (neither of them are rucks, really), and never appeared again.

(Cornish is shown; she may be the most loyal of foot-soldiers, but is very much depth.)

The only ruck we can depend on (Nalder) is there.

Teasingly, just a fragment of #28 is shown; can’t say if it’s still Emma Mackay.

Someone needs to rescue these three balls.


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And by depth, I mean height.

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Make of this what you will, including jumper numbers.

I note that Emma Mackay is present front left. Not the full squad though, and I assume the captain hasn’t lost #5.

Yet to see CBomb.


The below article is mostly about team lists, with some scheduling and tiny salary caps mentioned too. AFLW teams will be allowed to stack their VFLW teams just a little bit more than they could in 2021.

They go out of their way to note all teams will get 7 home games, which they failed to do in 2021 (to our benefit!). 2022 will be more clashy-with-cricket than 2021 was.

There is a bizarre requirement that clubs can make a maximum of 16 changes to their list from the previous season (6 primary, 10 development). If that is not caveated by a stack of other unstated rules, then WTF.

The following players were on our primary list in 2021 and drafted from us: Barba, Prespakis, Snell, and Yassir. So it seems that only two more 2021 players are allowed to retire or be cut.

This may result in contrived arrangements such as Tamsin Crook, who played 13 games with us in 2021, staying on the “developmental” list. Maybe this is why they didn’t publicly release the rules in 2021 :crazy_face:

This is doubly stupid when you consider we only had 31 main list players in 2021, and the limit this year is 40.

THE rebel VFLW competition will remain virtually unchanged in the 2022 season, with only a small tweak made to the development player selection rule.

While clubs will still select 21 players for a match, AFLW and AFLW-aligned teams now only must select five under-22 development players each week (down from six), while the requirement for the four standalone clubs remains at three.

Indigenous players who have yet to make their VFLW debuts can now also be signed as Category B development players alongside NAB Leaguers and Next Generation Academy members.

The VFLW’s 12 teams will again play 14 home-and-away matches across 16 rounds from Saturday, February 12, with the fixture due to be released shortly.

The early start means a full talent pathway to the AFLW will be in place for the first time, with the NAB League Girls to also get underway in February, providing more opportunities for clubs to produce the next Daisy Pearce, Darcy Vescio or Katie Brennan.

In fact, that process is already well underway, with Geelong’s NAB AFL Women’s Draft No.2 pick Georgie Prespakis having dominated the rebel VFLW finals for Essendon this year.

Vic Metro’s Georgie Prespakis in action during the 2021 U19 Championships. Picture: AFL Photos

AFL State League competitions manager Jennie Loughnan said it was exciting to see women’s football take centre stage in Victoria to kick off the 2022 season.

“The rebel VFLW competition has been a foundation league in Victoria for many years and an exciting pathway for young women,” she said.

"We are delighted with the growth in the women’s game and to see the emerging talent across all levels is very exciting.

"The VFLW has an exciting season ahead as more girls continue to progress on their football journey.

“The quality and standard of the rebel VFLW competition continues to elevate each year – all clubs, players and coaches are ready for a big year of women’s second-tier football in Victoria after we fell one game short of awarding a premier in 2021.”

"The 2022 fixture will allow great exposure for the next wave of talent and will provide fans across Victoria the opportunity to get close to the action with clubs and players maintaining a great connection to their communities.

“The alignment with the AFL Women’s and NAB League Girls fixtures will see the best girls across Victoria play competitive football matches every weekend.”

The season will again be split into two phases for list management purposes, with VFLW standalone clubs allowed to sign 40 players and AFLW clubs permitted to have 30 non-AFLW listees during the AFLW home-and-away season.

All 12 teams will be allowed to add up to 15 AFLW players to their lists once the national competition’s home-and-away fixture is complete.

Phase 1 will see matches, dates and starting times align with the AFLW schedule wherever possible, but each club will receive seven home matches as they welcome fans back to the footy.

The salary cap remains at $40,000 for standalone clubs and $30,000 for AFLW-aligned teams, with concessions of up to $10,000 allowed to help players with travelling and relocation. This applies to the home-and-away season, with match payments for finals paid outside the cap.

  • Total base payments limited to a maximum of 50 per cent of the cap, including all guaranteed payments.
  • AFLW-listed players at AFLW clubs are not eligible for base payments but can receive match payments; VFLW standalones and AFLW-aligned clubs can give base payments to AFLW-listed players under the 50 per cent maximum rule.
  • Concessions of $10,000 outside the cap allowed for travelling and relocations.
  • Any form of club employment is subject to approval by the AFL. A position description and proposed salary must be submitted before contracting the player.


  • Primary lists consist of all open-age players available on the open market
  • Development lists are made up of two categories:
  • Category A: NAB League players who are still engaged in the talent pathway program, aged under 22.
  • Category B: Indigenous players, Next Generation Academy graduates, alternative sport athletes or of any age as long they have not made their VFLW debut.
  • VFLW standalone clubs can sign any player under 22 to their development list (no NAB League or Academy requirement).
  • In Phase 1 , VFLW standalone clubs can have 40 listed players (30 primary and 10 development with a minimum of two Category B); AFLW and aligned clubs have 30 listed players (20, 10 and two). AFLW-listed players are not permitted on these lists.
  • In Phase 2 , all clubs can add a maximum of 15 AFLW-listed players (55 VFLW, 45 AFLW).
  • Clubs can only make a maximum of 16 changes to their list from the previous season (6 primary, 10 development).
  • VFLW clubs can continue to make changes to their lists throughout the season until the agreed cut-off date.
  • No more than one player can transfer from one VFLW standalone club to another without paying a transfer fee of a maximum of $2500, although none will apply if she played less than 25 per cent of her former club’s matches in the previous season. Transfer fees only apply for players leaving VFLW standalone clubs.
  • All talent pathway competitions and programs (NAB League, National Championships, National Academy) take precedence over VFLW, including training and matches, although a player may forego her 19th year in the NAB League to take up a list spot in the VFLW.
  • Under-17s cannot play VFLW.


  • All clubs to field 21 players per match, comprising the following:
  • VFLW standalone: A minimum of three under-22 players (21 or younger on January 1). Top-ups can be sourced from NAB League, with under-18s restricted to a maximum of five VFLW home-and-away matches.
  • AFLW and AFLW-aligned: A minimum of five under-22 players under the same rules above.
  • AFLW-listed players are included in the mandatory requirement of selecting either five (AFL and AFLW-aligned) or three (VFLW standalone) under-22 players in a team.
  • In Phase 1, any AFLW players not selected can play VFLW.
  • In Phase 2, AFLW players are free to sign with whichever VFLW club they choose, with a maximum of 10 AFLW-listed players (anyone who has played one AFLW match that season) able to play in any one team.
  • VFLW-listed players must play at least one home-and-away match to qualify for finals, but AFLW-listed players must play three.

VFLW CLUB ALIGNMENTS (one metro, one country)

  • Carlton: Northern Knights, Bendigo Pioneers

  • Casey Demons: Dandenong Stingrays, Gippsland Power

  • Collingwood: Oakleigh Chargers, Murray Bushrangers

  • Essendon: Calder Cannons, Bendigo Pioneers

  • Geelong: Geelong Falcons, GWV Rebels

  • Hawthorn: Eastern Ranges, Gippsland Power

  • North Melbourne: Western Jets, Tasmania Devils

  • Port Melbourne: Oakleigh Chargers, Murray Bushrangers

  • Sandringham: Sandringham Dragons, Dandenong Stingrays

  • Western Bulldogs: Western Jets, GWV Rebels

  • VFLW standalone clubs are not subject to regional alignments and can list players on their primary or development lists from the open market., while the requirement for the four standalone clubs remains at three.

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G’day @theDJR !

I’m just posting to try and stop you from breaking the blitz record (which you probably already hold) for consecutive posts in one thread


Like that’s ever worried me before :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


One extra note (barely squad-related) at the below is that AFLW players will need to play 3 VFLW games, not 1, to qualify for the VFLW finals.

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