2020/21 Lions AFLW Off-Season

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Ally Anderson, Lauren Arnell, Emily Bates, Greta Bodey, Shannon Campbell, Gabby Collingwood, Sophie Conway, Dakota Davidson, Belle Dawes, Jade Ellenger, Nat Grider, Tahlia Hickie, Courtney Hodder, Jessy Keeffe, Breanna Koenen, Rheanne Lugg, Kate Lutkins, Maria Moloney, Orla O'Dwyer, Lily Postlethwaite, Selina Priest, Taylor Smith, Cathy Svarc, Jesse Wardlaw, Sharni Webb, Jess Wuetschner, Jordan Zanchetta, Emma Zielke

Recruits: Taylor Smith (Gold Coast)

Out: Arianna Clarke (retired), Hannah Hillman and Brianna McFarlane (both delisted)

Current draft picks: 8, 37, 38

After a few years of trade turmoil triggered by expansion teams, Brisbane appear to finally have a settled line-up. The Lions have retained 26 of its 30-strong 2020 squad and added young tall forward Smith from the Suns.
 

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LIONS AFLW defensive mainstay Arianna Clarke has decided to step back from elite football to focus on a career change.

Brianna McFarlane and Hannah Hillman have been delisted while Clarke has been released from the second year of her contract.
 

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After years of player turnover due to AFLW expansion, the Lions have ensured a period of stability by locking away the core of their side for another two years.

So far 16 players have signed new two-year deals or extended existing deals out until the end of 2022.

Club champion Emily Bates, All Australian defender Kate Lutkins and prolific goal scorer Jess Wuetschner all added an extra year to their deals.

Rising star Cathy Svarc heads a list of players to sign new two-year deals that also includes Rheanne Lugg, Lily Postelthwaite and Dakota Davidson.

The Lions will take four players in the upcoming AFLW draft and have one spot on the list vacant for a potential free-agency signing.

Ally Anderson ... has also extended her deal until 2022.
 

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The Brisbane Lions have secured exciting AFLW ruck-forward Taylor Smith in a trade with the Gold Coast Suns.

The Lions nabbed the 20-year-old plus draft picks 37 and 51 in exchange for pick 24.

Her original sporting passion was athletics where she first focused on high jump and hurdles before progressing to heptathlon at age sixteen.

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Lions AFLW coach Craig Starcevich said he was thrilled to bring another young plyer to the Club, especially one with such exciting upside as Smith.

“Taylor is really versatile and can play in several positions,’’ he said.

“Her athletics background gives her a really good base to come into our program with.

“And she has already shown in this season’s QAFLW competition that she has an appetite to continually improve.’’
 

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I initially over-looked this news as another code-hopping story, Hodder certainly has pedigree to contribute next season if all goes well.


The Brisbane Lions are delighted to announce the signing of cross-code sensation Courtney Hodder for the 2021 AFLW season.

The fleet footed Jill of all trades returns to football after a successful stint in rugby.

As a State representative for Western Australia in her junior years the highly decorated Hodder, was a three time All Australian in the Under 18s national carnival, before making the switch to rugby and becoming an overnight sensation.

Her 2019 season was wiped out after she broke both bones in her left leg in a tackle and it was during that rehabilitation process she began to think about a homecoming to Australian Football.

She returned to her try scoring best for the Reds this season but the passion to have a crack at the AFLW had been ignited.

She joins the Lions after the Club sought AFL permission to sign her as an other sport rookie due to her two seasons in elite National and State rugby programs.

Women’s CEO Breeanna Brock said the club was thrilled to receive the approval to bring an elite junior footballer back to the AFLW.

“We tried last year to see if Courtney wanted to come to AFL but she had lots going on with her recovery and it wasn’t something she was really thinking about,’’ Brock said.

“A year on and here we are getting one of our most talented youngster back to AFLW.

“She’s an exciting player in any sport she chooses to play. Quick, agile and a natural footballer we were all hopeful she’d come back one day. We are really looking forward to getting a Sherrin back in her hand. “

Hodder will join Irishwoman Orla O’Dwyer as the Club’s other rookie for 2021.

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She grew up playing Australian football, and now rugby star Courtney Hodder has returned to the sport she loves.

“I’m super stoked to be back,” Hodder said.

“It’s been playing on my mind for a little while now and it was a matter of when I’d come back. I was just waiting for the right moment.”

Hodder first dabbled in rugby as a 16-year-old, and quickly became a standout.

In 2018 she scored six tries in one match for Western Australia in a Super W match, and soon after joined the Queensland Reds.

“It caught me by surprise and off I went on a new journey,” Hodder said.

“I was just keen try something new and be challenged in a different sport.”

Hodder said her stint in rugby would improve her chances of succeeding in the AFLW.

“The aggression (in rugby), speed, you have to be fast, nippy, you’re always constantly getting hit and resilience. I’m always getting back up on my feet and having another crack so that’s what I can bring to the game,” she said.
 

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