OUR PLAYERS

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KAYLEE STUBBS

Captain, Div 1 - Number 8

Age: 24
Nickname: Stubbsy
Team/Age Group: Seniors
AFL/AFLW team: Port Adelaide
When did you start playing Footy? 2003

When did you start playing with the Suns? 2018
Favourite playing position: half back
Why did you start playing footy? It was so long ago honestly think because I just love the game.
What do you love most about playing for the the suns? I love the culture at this club, the people and just how welcoming the suns family is.
Favourite ground to play on: Definitely blundstone or North Hobart.
Favourite AFL/AFLW player: big Dixon or Hamish hartlett.
Advice for someone wanting to start playing: The less you think about the rules and skill the better you are.
Personal Football Goals: Win a premiership as captain. And hit 200 games.

SUZY KING 

Captain, Div 3 - Number 6

Age: 56!!
Nickname: Zimma
Team/Age Group: Seniors
AFL/AFLW team: St Kilda
When did you start playing Footy? 2016

When did you start playing with the Suns? 2016
Favourite playing position: Probs Wing, but happy anywhere I can contribute 
Why did you start playing footy? My brother shared a link when sorell footy club were looking for female players(as a joke I think) starting footy one of the best things I ever done
What do you love most about playing for the the suns? IThe beautiful people I've met, the Suns family is the best
Favourite ground to play on: North Hobart or Pembroke Park 
Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Lenny Hayes, Jack Steele/Kate McCarthy, Tilly Lucas-Rodd
Advice for someone wanting to start playing: Just give it a go you won't regret it
Personal Football Goals: To think less, back myself more and be the best I can for the team. Oh and to win a premiership

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JESS KUBE

Vice Captain - Number 14

Age: 24
Nickname: Kubey
Team/Age Group: Seniors
AFL/AFLW team: Carlton
When did you start playing Footy? 2016 When did you start playing with the Suns? 2017
Favourite playing position: Half back
Why did you start playing footy? I had been wanting to play since I was a kid, but couldn’t muster up the courage to give it a crack. Finally gave in and went to a pre-season in 2016 (kudos to a great mate) and haven’t looked back!
What do you love most about playing for the the suns? The people. Our club is like a family. The culture and inclusiveness is amazing. We’ve got a great team on board and we’re only going up!
Favourite ground to play on: Triabunna Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Eddy Betts, Chloe Molloy
Advice for someone wanting to start playing: Don’t be afraid to give it a crack and ask for advice.
Personal Football Goals: To get fitter and improve skills

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NICOLE MATTHEWS

Vice Captain - Number 1

Age: 30
Nickname: Nicnac
Team/Age Group: Senior
AFL/AFLW team: St. Kilda
When did you start playing Footy? 2016
When did you start playing with the Suns? 2017 (previous year the now suns were East Coast/Sorell)
Favourite playing position: Midfield
Why did you start playing footy? Because I grew up loving footy & when I heard there was a local opportunity I went for it
What do you love most about playing for the the suns? We are more than a footy team, we are a family
Favourite ground to play on: North Hobart
Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Anne Hatchard
Advice for someone wanting to start playing: Get involved, we all have to start somewhere - it's super fun !
Personal Football Goals: Continue to improve and raise others up

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LIV HUDSON

Number 19

Age: 20

Nickname: Liva

Team/Age Group: South East Suns Seniors

AFL/AFLW team: Geelong Cats

When did you start playing Footy? 2015 When did you start playing with the Suns? 2016

Favourite playing position: midfield

Why did you start playing footy? been in love with it forever, despite being too nervous to go to training at the start. What do you love most about playing for the the suns? we are a fam and everyone is a legend!

Favourite ground to play on: Claremont 
Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Joel Selwood & Emma Kearney

Advice for someone wanting to start playing: Vision the player you want to be 

Personal Football Goals: AFLW

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ASHLING CANNELL

Number 18

Age: 23

Nickname: Ling

Team/Age Group: Seniors

AFL/AFLW team: Brisbane Lions

When did you start playing Footy? 2021

When did you start playing with the Suns? 2021

Favourite playing position: Full Forward Why did you start playing footy? Nanna, she was always encouraging me to play and also was on my case for months about hiding in my car and watching.

What do you love most about playing for the the suns? Love the club and the environment.

Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Lachie Neale & Anne Hatchard

Advice for someone wanting to start playing: Give it a go!!

Personal Football Goals: Just to always back myself and have confidence.

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AMY MASSIE

Number 45

Age: 24

Nickname: Massie

Team/Age Group: seniors

AFL/AFLW team: AFL: Tigers AFLW: Bulldogs

When did you start playing Footy? 2017 When did you start playing with the Suns? 2020

Favourite playing position: Backline

Why did you start playing footy? Got asked my a friend I played touch footy with

What do you love most about playing for the the suns? Our togetherness

Favourite ground to play on: Abbotsfield Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Ellie Blackburn

Advice for someone wanting to start playing: Give it a go, there’s a lot more you’ll get out of it other then fitness

Personal Football Goals: Get my kick and over head marks right

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MADDIE GREY

Number 26

Age: 21

Nickname: Mads

Team/Age Group: Senior Women’s

AFL/AFLW team: west coast

When did you start playing Footy? 5/6 years ago (I think)

When did you start playing with the Suns? When they first started

Favourite playing position: back pocket

Why did you start playing footy? Because I love the sport

What do you love most about playing for the the suns? The group of girls

Favourite ground to play on: North Hobart

Favourite AFL/AFLW player: nic naitanui

Advice for someone wanting to start playing: just do it, you won’t know if you like it until you give it a go

Personal Football Goals: to be more confident in myself

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CHELSEA WHELAN

Age: 22

Nickname: don't really have one

Team/Age Group: seniors

AFL/AFLW team: Carlton

When did you start playing Footy? 2019

When did you start playing with the Suns? 2019

Favourite playing position: half back I think it's called, the back half circle

Why did you start playing footy? Got asked to come have a kick and fell in love instantly

What do you love most about playing for the the suns? That being part of the team is more than just a team, it's a family

Favourite ground to play on: dodges ferry

Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Brendan Fevola

Advice for someone wanting to start playing: give it a go cause you won't regret it

Personal Football Goals: to get better at my tackles

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EMILY LOWE

Number 21

Age: 24

Nickname: Fev

Team/Age Group: Seniors

AFL/AFLW team: Carlton

When did you start playing Footy? As soon as I could walk

When did you start playing with the Suns? 2019

Favourite playing position: Anywhere the team needs me

Why did you start playing footy? Because my brother did and I wanted to be just like him, also to prove i am the better footballer in the family

What do you love most about playing for the suns? The family culture. They are my second family

Favourite ground to play on: Sorell or North Hobart

Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Patrick Cripps and Maddy Presparkis

Advice for someone wanting to start playing: just do it, it’s such a rewarding sport in so many ways

Personal Football Goals: Win a premiership with the suns

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LUCY FEATHERSTONE

Number 7

Age: 27

Nickname: Dusty

Team/Age Group: seniors

AFL/AFLW team: north Melbourne

When did you start playing Footy? 4 years ago

When did you start playing with the Suns? 4 years ago

Favourite playing position: midfield or wing

Why did you start playing footy? Few of the girls kept asking me to come along to training & I did & then never left.

What do you love most about playing for the the suns? How supportive the team is, how it’s a family.

Favourite ground to play on: home

Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Dustin Martin

Advice for someone wanting to start playing: come along to training, give it a go.

Personal Football Goals: to make the whole season & play my best for the team.

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ASHTON SAUNDERS

Number 13

Age: 25

Nickname: Ash

Team/Age Group: Seniors

AFL/AFLW team: Fremantle

When did you start playing Footy? This year

When did you start playing with the Suns? This year

Favourite playing position: Ruck

Why did you start playing footy? I have always played soccer, and sometimes my height was more of a disadvantage than an advantage. I knew a few girls on the team and they encouraged me to come along. After the first training I knew I wanted to be a Sun!

What do you love most about playing for the the suns? I love the family atmosphere. As a new player I was welcomed with open arms and this is the most supportive and welcoming group of players and coaching staff around.

Favourite ground to play on: Home,

I haven’t played anywhere else yet! Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Lauren Pearce

Advice for someone wanting to start playing: Get into it! Don’t doubt yourself and get along to training as much as you can to help build your skills!

Personal Football Goals: To learn more about the game, increase my fitness and keep working to become a better player and teammate.

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DANNI HIBBERD

Number 49

Age: 26

Nickname: Danni (or Hibbo to some on the footy field)

Team/Age Group: Senior Women’s

AFL/AFLW team: Hawthorn (AFL) and Geelong Cats (AFLW)

When did you start playing Footy? This year!

When did you start playing with the Suns? This year!

Favourite playing position: Wing
Why did you start playing footy? I thought it would be lots of fun and wanted to try plying the sport I’d enjoyed watching all of my life

What do you love most about playing for the the suns? The team around me

Favourite ground to play on: North Hobart Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Cyril Rioli
Advice for someone wanting to start playing: Just have a go!

Personal Football Goals: To improve on my kicking and marking

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MAHALIA DAVIES

Number 5 & Under 17s Coach

Age: 28

Nickname: Maha, Haha, Mahoo and not any of the ones Stubbsy calls me

Team/Age Group: Playing seniors.  Coaching u17’s.

AFL/AFLW team: Richmond in AFL. Still haven’t settled on an AFLW team, I tend to barrack for Richmond more & all of the Tassie girls playing.

When did you start playing Footy? 2015

When did you start playing with the Suns? 2015, I started with the East coast Suns which merged with Sorell to now be the South East Suns

Favourite playing position: I just love playing and happy to play wherever the team needs me but probably most comfortable in a forward pocket

Why did you start playing footy? Ive always been an avid AFL follower and wanted to play. When Dean, my first coach came asked me to play there wasn’t a chance I was going to say no. Women’s footy was very new in Tassie still, we only had 5 teams in the state so when the opportunity struck I was 100% in.

What do you love most about playing for the the suns? The genuine family culture. The awesome people that I have met and that will be lifelong friends and forever in my heart.

Favourite ground to play on: Blundstone was pretty sweet but I do love our little Sorell junior oval. I think the smaller grounds can make for better women’s a lot of the time.

Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Shane Edwards and Monique Conti

Advice for someone wanting to start playing: Get into it, give it a crack. Get to know your team mates, it’ll help a lot on and off the field & focus on learning the fundamentals first before trying to get fancy.

Personal Football Goals: Improve my fitness so that I can play my best footy.

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MAKAYLA BRUCE

Number 16

Age: 18
Nickname: mak
Team/Age Group: seniors
AFL/AFLW team: north Melbourne
When did you start playing Footy? 2017
When did you start playing with the Suns? 2017
Favourite playing position: half back flank / midfield on ball
Why did you start playing footy? Honestly came and started as a fill in for the u17s
What do you love most about playing for the the suns? The Ongoing encouragement that comes from the team and surrounds
Favourite ground to play on: pemmy home ground
Favourite AFL/AFLW player: oh god that’s hard, ah maybe cam zurrhar or Benny brown
Advice for someone wanting to start playing: do it, back yourself
Personal Football Goals: Fitness

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KATE OLLERHEAD

Number 15

Age: 24
Nickname: Canada
Team/Age Group: Suns Senior Womens 
AFL/AFLW team: Essendon
When did you start playing Footy? Last year (2020)
When did you start playing with the Suns? Since the start of my career
Favourite playing position: half forward
Why did you start playing footy? Jess brought me along:)
What do you love most about playing for the the suns? Being able to meet new people!
Favourite ground to play on: Playing in Blundstone Arena was pretty neat!
Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Eddie Betts - seems like solid dude
Advice for someone wanting to start playing: Just get out and try it! There's always a role for everyone and it's a great community to be around.
Personal Football Goals: Properly bounce the ball at least once in a game...

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ABBEY JOHNSON

Number 37

Age: 37
Nickname: B.O.G
Team/Age Group: Senior Suns
AFL/AFLW team: Geelong When did you start playing Footy? 2021
When did you start playing with the Suns? 2021
Favourite playing position: I still have no idea about positions. I like the sound of being a Defensive Forward so let's go with that.
Why did you start playing footy? I always loved having a kick as a kid but as I got older I sort of let that side of me slip away more and more. Then, out of the blue, a mate came along with a football, said she played and quite persistently encouraged me to give it a go. She insisted I'd love it, and don't tell her but, she was right.
What do you love most about playing for the the suns? The girls! It's so nice to be surrounded by such a funny, committed and generous bunch of women. I love the camaraderie, being part of a team that you know has your back, and getting an opportunity to push myself mentally and physically. There is so much I love about playing football, particularly as part of The Sun's family.
Favourite ground to play on: Home all the way!
Favourite AFL/AFLW player: N/A
Advice for someone wanting to start playing: Come along for a kick. You won't regret it!
Personal Football Goals: To improve my fitness, be a goal kicking machine and survive the end of year trip

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JESSE COPE

Number 31

Age: 26
Nickname: -  
Team/Age Group: South East Suns Seniors
AFL/AFLW team: Essendon
When did you start playing Footy? This year is my first season 2021
When did you start playing with the Suns? Starting training with the suns in Feb 2021
Favourite playing position: Wing/Backline
Why did you start playing footy? I wanted to improve my fitness as well as be a part of a club and a family!
What do you love most about playing for the the suns? I love the amount of support every player has for each other. They’ll push you and encourage you to do and be better
Favourite ground to play on: haven’t played on enough grounds yet!
Favourite AFL/AFLW player: -
Advice for someone wanting to start playing: Shake off those nerves and go to the first training/game. No matter your fitness or skill level I can 100% Guarantee you won’t be judged or put down.
Personal Football Goals: To be fearless every time I step onto the field

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SARAH GREY

Number 40

Age: 19
Nickname: Funky
Team/Age Group: Seniors
AFL/AFLW team: Collingwood
When did you start playing Footy? Year 10
When did you start playing with the Suns? Year 11
Favourite playing position: Wing
Why did you start playing footy? A friends team was short on players so went to help out
What do you love most about playing for the the suns? The bested bunch of girls that I play with
Favourite ground to play on: Sorell
Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Bailey Smith Advice for someone wanting to start playing: Just do it, you won’t regret it
Personal Football Goals: Be back playing how I was before injury, if not better

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SERENA MCQUEEN

Number 25

Age: 24
Nickname: Queeny
Team/Age Group: Seniors

AFL/AFLW team: AFL, Hawks & AFLW, GWS 

When did you start playing Footy? Been around it my whole life but started in late 2019/early 2020

When did you start playing with the Suns? Same
Favourite playing position: Wing or Backline
Why did you start playing footy? Community and new friends
What do you love most about playing for the the suns? We are a family, the most supportive people I have ever met.

Favourite ground to play on: Home

Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Alicia Eva 

 Advice for someone wanting to start playing: Just get along to training and you won't turn back.

Personal Football Goals: FITNESS

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ALICE MURPHY

Number 44

Age: 20
Nickname: murph
Team/Age Group: seniors 
AFL/AFLW team: Carlton
When did you start playing Footy?: 2016
When did you start playing with the Suns?:2018
Favourite playing position: forward or back
Why did you start playing footy?: because I’ve always loved the sport and enjoy the intensity
What do you love most about playing for the the suns?: the girls that I play with, we’re one big fam
Favourite ground to play on: Sorell
Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Brianna Davey
Advice for someone wanting to start playing: don’t be nervous and have fun
Personal Football Goals: improve overall fitness and skill

EMMA BYGRAVE 

Number 9

Age: 28

Nickname: Gravy

Team/Age Group: Seniors

AFL/AFLW team: Carlton

When did you start playing Footy? 2016

When did you start playing with the Suns? 2016

Favourite playing position: Backline

Why did you start playing footy? Went with a friend because she didn't want to go alone and have been here ever since!

What do you love most about playing for the suns? The culture, we're one big family

Favourite ground to play on: Natone

Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Kouta! and Darcy Vescio

Advice for someone wanting to start playing: just come along and have a go, everyone is welcome at the suns

Personal Football Goals: learn to kick goals!

LARA SIMS 

Number 24

Age: 26

Nickname: Sticks

Team/Age Group: Seniors

AFL/AFLW team: North Melbourne

When did you start playing Footy? : This is my first year of football, I’m loving it!

When did you start playing with the Suns? First year with this sunny bunch.

Favourite playing position: Midfield

Why did you start playing footy? A good friend of mine asked if I could fill in for a div 3 game and then they couldn’t get rid of me haha.

What do you love most about playing for the the suns? The passion the coaches and players have for the game and the constant laughs.

Favourite ground to play on: Blundstone, it’s the change rooms for me.

Favourite AFL/AFLW player: Tassies own Jessica Wuetschner

Advice for someone wanting to start playing: Always try your best. At games and training. How hard you work, shows.

Personal Football Goals: Work hard enough to one day play in the rep teams.

LOREN JOHNSTON

Number 22

Age: 25

Nickname: LJ

Team/age group: Seniors
AFL team: North Melbourne AFLW team: Brisbane
When did you start playing footy: this year 2021
When did you start playing suns: this year 2021
Favourite playing position - midfield

Why did you start playing footy? I've been wanting to play for years but didn't know where to start. My partner was a big encourager and brought me to training and I haven't looked back.

What do you love most about the Suns: the suns are one big family and we support each other on and off the field.

Favourite ground: Blundstone

Favourite player: Brent (Boomer) Harvey

Advice for someone thinking of playing: put yourself out there and play to your strengths (we all have them) - you can learn the rest later.
Personal Goals: Take a strong mark (both attack and defence) at a dangerous time in the match.

DANIELLE HENRICKS

Number 35

Age: 32

Nickname: Dool's

Team/Age Group: Senior Womens

AFL/AFLW team: hawthorn

When did you start playing Footy? 2015 was East coast suns now combined with sorell to be the south east suns

When did you start playing with the Suns? 2015

Favourite playing position: Back

Why did you start playing footy? Well I attended to just watch training before our netball game, but got talked in to joining in from there on iv loved every second

What do you love most about playing for the the suns? The bond between all the girls and the different age groups, we play as a family not as individuals, iv learnt so much about football since playing with the sun's

Favourite ground to play on: sorell woman's oval

Advice for someone wanting to start playing: do it you wont regret a thing, new friends that will become a second family, fitness, more understanding of the game.

Personal Football Goals: improve my fitness

SIGRID BIRCH

Number 8

 Age group: under 13’s 2021
 

Nickname: Siggy
 

Favourite position to play Centre Half Back
 

Why did you start playing footy - to have fun and enjoy team spirit
 

What do you love about footy - everything
 

Who is your AFL/AFLW team? - AFL Hawthorn. AFLW North Melbourne
 

Do you have a favourite football player? Tom Mitchell

MIA-ROSE HENRICKS

Number 5

 Age group - U11s
 

Why did you start playing footy - because my Aunty encouraged me to, for the exercise 
 

What do you love about footy, being a part of a team 


Who is your AFL/AFLW team? Richmond Tigers 


Do you have a favourite football player? Aunty Mahalia #5 @ suns seniors 

SHELBY BARR

Number 18

Age group: Under 15's 2022
 

Nickname: shel
 

Favourite position to play: midfield 
 

Why did you start playing footy: my friends and the coach toastie asked me to play. 
 

What do you love about footy: everything and tackling
 

Who is your favourite AFL team: Richmond
 

Who is your favourite football player: Dusty Martin