McFarlane signs with Brisbane Lions AFL Women’s
The Brisbane Lions AFLW team proudly welcomed their second other sportrookie Brianna McFarlane into the Den today.
The 17-year-old toured the Lions facilities with Coach Craig Starcevich, Women’s CEO Breeanna Brock and new teammates Emma Zielke and Sophie Conway.
McFarlane’s raw talent and athletic ability was what persuaded Brock and Starcevich to give her this opportunity.
The Yamba teenager, with a strong soccer background, only started playing football this year. Within six months McFarlane went from picking up a Sherrin, to playing for Coolangatta Tweed in the QWAFL competition, representing NSW/ACT in a series against Tasmania, to selection for the Eastern Allies.
In total she has played ten football games in 2018 and was invited to test at the recent AFLW Combine in Melbourne.
McFarlane admits everything has happened very quickly.
“It’s pretty exciting, it hasn’t really kicked in yet,” she told lions.com.au this morning.
On field, she can play a variety of roles for the team.
“I get thrown around a bit everywhere, just wherever they need a player, but mostly centre-half forward or up in the forward line,” she said.
“She won QWAFL Mark of the Year in what was her first game for the Coolangatta and went on to kick ten goals in her seven games,” he said.
“Bri is a natural athlete and her kicking and handball skills are very good, especially when considering the limited time she’s had on field.
“We are excited by her potential.”
Brock said McFarlane will be a great asset for the team.
“Bri has a very easygoing nature about her,” Brock said.
“We are looking forward to putting a lot of work into her as we believe she’s got a big future with us.”
McFarlane joins Krystal Scott as other sport rookies for the Lions AFLW team. The team will gather for pre-season next month.