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30 May - Inaugural AFL Sydney Women's Squad Announced

The inaugural AFL Sydney Women’s Representative squad has been announced for the upcoming two match series against AFL Canberra.

Initially an extended 70 player squad was selected based on 2014 form combined with feedback from each club coach. The extended squad has had two training sessions which has allowed the coaching staff to look over the players and allowed the squad to be narrowed down.

Selecting the final squad proved very difficult with the coaching staff extremely impressed with what they have seen so far and are very excited not only about the upcoming 2 match series but also the next few years of women’s football in Sydney.


The squad will train again this Sunday with the Game 1 team (24 plus 1 emergency) selected next week. The squad will train on Thursday night at BISP Number 1 and then to travel to Canberra for the match on Saturday 7th June.

Game 2 will be played at Blacktown International Sportspark on Saturday 5th July at 12pm.

The selected squad is:

Lael KassemAuburnRachel StackSydney University
Liali Karra-HasanAuburnAmy FooSydney University
Laura HoldsworthBalmainMaddie CollierUNSW/ES
Alison ParkinBalmainMai NguyenUNSW/ES
Lauren AnsteyGosfordCourtney GumUNSW/ES
Emily CookesGosfordJemma StillUNSW/ES
Amanda FarrugiaMacquarie UniversitySandra JanjetovicUNSW/ES
Tobi NobleNewtownMelita MorrissUNSW/ES
Verna IlesNewtownSharni SleemanUNSW/ES
Georgia VerkuylenNewtownHannah McIntoshUNSW/ES
Codie BriggsNewtownAnne-Lise BidouUNSW/ES
Anna RuutNewtownSasha BankiUNSW/ES
Alex SchroderNewtownLauren O'BrienUNSW/ES
Natalie CammilleriPenrithNic VrachnasUNSW/ES
Nikki PerrettPenrithRemi BanuelosUNSW/ES
Kathryn HullSouthern PowerLara HilmiUTS
Alexandra TeggSouthern PowerLisa BowkerUTS
Kristy De PellegriniSouthern PowerKate LawsonWestern Wolves
Stephanie WalkerSydney UniversityMelissa FreckletonWestern Wolves
Jennifer LewSydney UniversityMichaela EckmanWestern Wolves
Ashlee MorganSydney UniversityNicci KennedyWollongong

As previously advised, Dean Connors steps into the women’s program as head coach for the first time and he is ably supported by a strong team.

Head Coach

Dean Connors

Assistant Coaches

Dan Ranson

Krissie Steen

Simon Berry

Congratulations to all players selected in the first ever AFL Sydney Women’s representative squad.

The final team will be announced next week with all selections published on the website.


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15 May - Tradition Continues in the Name of Unity


The Auburn Giants will host the annual ‘Unity Cup’ battle against The UTS Shamrocks for the second year running in Division Two of the Sydney Women’s AFL competition.

When: Saturday, 17 May 2014

Time: 12:00pm kick off

Where: Mona Park, Auburn

The ‘Unity Cup’ Tradition was inspired by both teams’ experience at the 2012 AFL Multicultural Round, where Auburn and UTS went head to head at ANZ Stadium as a curtain raiser to the Swans vs. Giants ‘Sydney Derby’ match.

Originally hailed as the Sydney women’s derby with respective teams representing Sydney’s East and West, the Unity Cup will be a display of talent across a diverse mix of cultural backgrounds.


The Auburn Giants are renowned for being socially inclusive of multicultural communities, with a high percentage of the team embracing backgrounds such as Lebanese, Turkish, Palestinian, Syrian, Egyptian, Malaysian and Iraqi. Many of these players are also second generation Australian, and either one or both of their parents were born overseas. Uniquely, the team is also intercultural and interfaith, made up of 80% women from Muslim communities.

Similarly, The Shamrocks have long been known for their inclusion of visiting European and North American foreign nationals with the team accommodating foreign exchange students attending their affiliated university at UTS. The Shamrocks is also home to a record number of international representative players, with 5 on their current player list having competed at the 2011 International Cup on either the Irish or Australian Indigenous/Multicultural teams.

Whilst Multicultural Round traditionally does not take place until July, Round 6 is the only game that the Shamrocks and the Giants will play against one another in the 2014 Season fixture.