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Falcons unveil expanded squad

 

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GEELONG Falcons have unveiled one of their biggest squads in the short history of the NAB League Girls competition.

Fifty-two players have made the final cut ahead of the 2022 season, which starts with the Falcons hosting Dandenong Stingrays on January 23 at Deakin University.

“We’ve been really impressed with the talent,” coach Paul Corrigan.

“I’d even go as far to say, in the short time we’ve had with them pre-Christmas, and the game we saw them play, I would say the talent’s bit broader than what we had last year.”

The squad includes seven 19-year-olds, including Lizzy Dowling, who was surprisingly overlooked in last year’s AFLW Draft.

The St Mary’s product is currently among Geelong’s AFLW train-on squad.

Meg Courtney, Mia Featherston, Keeley Hardingham, Emily Perrett, Lucy Were and Analea McKee have also been given an extra year to impress AFLW recruiters.

“If they have another year and their confidence really grows, anything could happen,” Corrigan said.

“If you look at where the AFLW’s heading with four expansion teams coming in, there’s every possibility that these girls could hopefully end up on a list.”

Cats Father-Daughter prospects Charlotte Simpson (Sean) and Mackenzie McGrath (Tim) have also returned.

“Mack will be better for the run last year,” Corrigan said. “She broke her nose towards the back end of last year and missed the finals.

“It was really disappointing for her, but I know she’s really keen for this year.

“Simmo was one of our top players last year as a bottom-ager, and this year with the Vic Country stuff she’ll go into, I think she’ll have a really strong season for us this year as well.”

Grace Purcell, sister of Melbourne AFLW midfielder and former Falcon and Cat Olivia, has also been selected.

Dakota Harrington is the first player from BFL club Newcomb to make the Falcons Girls list.

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2022 GEELONG FALCONS GIRLS SQUAD

Chloe Adams Grovedale
Kirah Atkinson Drysdale
Molly Bilyk St Mary’s
Caitlin Bottomley Geelong West Giants
Eve Cannon Newtown & Chilwell
Jamie Castledine St Mary’s
Meg Courtney St Mary’s
Makenzie Cumper Geelong West Giants
Anisha Davis Geelong Amateur
Lucy Della Monica St Albans
Elara Dillon South Barwon
Lizzy Dowling St Mary’s
Indi Elliott Torquay
Macey Farvis Newtown & Chilwell
Mia Featherston Colac Imperials
Amber Ferrari Colac Imperials
Mia Fuller Lara
Bella Gilham St Joseph’s
Keeley Hardingham Colac Imperials
Charlotte Hardy Colac Imperials
Dakota Harrington Newcomb
Amelia Holland Leopold
Sara Howley Newtown & Chilwell
Stella Huxtable Torquay
Tamika Levy Geelong Amateur
Daisy Lodge Grovedale
Sophie Mahar Torquay
Sienna Mallon Colac Imperials
Lucy Maresuk South Barwon
Kate Martin St Joseph’s
Mackenzie McGrath Geelong Amateur
Analea McKee Geelong Amateur
Ebony McLean Newtown & Chilwell
Mekah Morrissy Newtown & Chilwell
Taiya Morrow Lara
Leila Owens Torquay
Michaela Payne Barwon Heads
Emily Perrett Newtown & Chilwell
Grace Purcell Barwon Heads
Kirra Robinson Geelong West Giants
Charlotte Simpson St Joseph’s
Kara Stacey Lara
Johanna Sunderland Barwon Heads
Georgia Tyrrell St Joseph’s
Mia Van Dyke St Joseph’s
Ashleigh Van Loon St Mary’s
Lucy Were Geelong Amateur
Seisia White St Mary’s
Daisy Wilson South Barwon
Jess Woods Colac Imperials
Kiara Woods Geelong West Giants
Aimee Wookey Geelong West Giants