We are preparing for an exciting new beginning at the RMIT Women’s Football Academy. However, the University has produced students and players who have gone on to make their mark at the highest level of AFL Women’s. Welcome to Part One of RMIT’s AFL Women’s history makers…
Steph De Bortoli
Steph De Bortoli played for the Diamond Creek Women’s Football Club at VFL Women’s level in 2016 before going on to be selected by the Melbourne Football Club as draft pick number #72 in the inaugural AFL Women’s draft.
A rebounding defender and incredibly passionate player, De Bortoli was unfortunately unable to play in the 2017 season for the Demons, due to an Achilles Tendon injury and did not return for the 2018 season.
De Bortoli was one of many players to be selected from Diamond Creek, with the Club producing the highest amount of draft picks in 2016 in the country at fourteen players selected for the AFL Women’s.
Also a Diamond Creek Women’s Football Club alumni, Lauren Morecroft was selected as the draft pick number #101 in the AFL Women’s selection for 2016.
She played for the Western Bulldogs, making her debut in the 2017 season and playing two games for the team as a defender. Although Morecroft did not return for the 2018 season as a player, she was selected for the “She Can” coaching program which aims to support and develop up and coming female coaches in football. As a result of this, Morecroft will be joining the North Melbourne team as an assistant coach for the AFLW.
Laura Attard began her football career playing for the Diamond Creek Women’s Football Club in 2008 and was the 140th player selected in the AFLW draft pick for 2016. She played for Carlton Football Club for all seven games in their 2017 season as a defender, averaging five disposals per game and did not return for the 2018 season.
A highlight game of her AFLW season was during their round four game when Carlton played against Adelaide. Attard collected seven possessions which included two handballs, two marks and five kicks.
Shae Audley was the 46th player selected for the AFLW’s 2016 draft and was chosen to play for Carlton Football Club. Originally a player at Diamond Creek Women’s Football Club, Audley was a midfielder and continued this position throughout her 2017 season. She played all seven games for Carlton, averaging nine disposals per game and kicking two goals.
Audley continued to play for Carlton in their 2018 season and was announced as a member of the Blues’ leadership group in 2019.
Lauren Brazzale started her football career playing for Diamond Creek Women’s Football Club as a Defender and Midfielder and was one of fourteen players selected from the club in the 2016 AFLW’s draft pick (she was no. 62 in the draft to Carlton).
Brazzale played all seven games for her 2017 debut season averaging 6.6 disposals.
She returned to the game, playing for Carlton in 2018 and is set to play once again for the Blues in their 2019 season.