QLD trio in milestone women’s AFL squads

Three Queenslanders will have second match on the big stage in June.

Three Queenslanders have secured spots in this year’s women’s AFL match.

2013 saw the first women’s AFL match played on the MCG, between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs, starting what will hopefully be a long-term annual event.

Female footballers from across the country were drafted to both teams to play in the match, as well as take part in elite training preparation at their respective clubs.

Both the Melbourne and Western Bulldogs were able to select 12 players from their original list to play in the second consecutive match in June, with the remaining spots to be filled via the National Women’s Draft.

 Queenslanders, Katie Brennan, Aasta O’Connor and Leah Kaslar all kept their guernseys for 2014 after strong performances in the 2013 game.

Coolangatta’s Kaslar was the only Queenslander on the victorious Melbourne side last year, after being selected at #37 in the 2013 national women’s draft.

Both Brennan (#22) and O’Connor (#4) have relocated to Victoria in recent years, after representing Queensland in previous national championships, and their talent was enough to keep them on the Bulldogs’ list for 2014.

Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs women’s sides will face off in June in the second women’s AFL match, at the MCG.

Players who have held their spots will be joined by draftees, selected at the national draft on May 19.

A number of Queenslanders could be in contention for those spots, with seven Sunshine State products picked up last year, depending on their performance in representative and club matches early in the year.

Nominations for the 2014 National Draft close on March 31.

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