Mix of old and new for Falcons

March 1, 2023 12:25 pm in by
Sara Howley gets her kick away in Geelong Falcons' one-point NAB League Girls win over Oakleigh Chargers. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

JUST over a fortnight out from the start of the 2023 Coatest Talent League Girls season, the Geelong Falcons have unveiled a 35-member squad.

Nineteen of last year’s roster have returned, including reigning best-and-fairest Sara Howley.

Fellow top-10 placegetters Mekah Morrissy, Grace Purcell, Chloe Adams, Johanna Sunderland and Lucy Maresuk are also back as the Falcons prepare to tackle the longest-ever girls’ Talent League season.

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For the first time since being formed in 2017, the Falcons girls’ season will run in conjunction with the boys.

“I don’t think anybody knows what we’re in for – it looks so different to what it ever has,” first-year coach Mel Hickey said.

“We’ll have them for four games; then they’ll go away for four or five weeks. Then we have them for three games, and they go for a couple of weeks.

“It’s going to be really stop-start.”


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Hickey, who has taken the role from Paul Corrigan, is looking forward to seeing what the Falcons can produce after reaching last year’s country final, where they lost to the Dandenong Stingrays.

“I’m really happy with where the list landed,” she said.

“We’ve got a nice mixture of talls and smalls and players who can run all day.

“I feel like we’ve landed on a really strong squad.”

The Falcons have also released their under-16 squad, which has two games in the coming weeks ahead of the National Championships in April.

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Among the 28 players selected are the Lappin twins, Meg and Ally.

They’re the daughters of Brisbane Lions great and current Geelong AFL men’s assistant coach Nigel.

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Chloe Adams* Grovedale
Meg Alsop Geelong Amateur
Molly Bilyk* St Mary’s
Chloe Bryant St Joseph’s
Eve Cannon* Newtown & Chilwell
Caitlin Charles Geelong West Giants
Indi Elliott* Torquay
Macey Farvis* Newtown & Chilwell
Bella Gilham* St Joseph’s
Dakota Harrington* Newcomb
Lily Harris Barwon Heads
Sara Howley* Newtown & Chilwell
Filomena Iannuzzi Lara
Charlotte Mackenzie Geelong Grammar
Sophie Mahar* Torquay
Sienna Mallon* Colac Imperials
Lucy Marescuk* South Barwon
Kate Martin* St Joseph’s
Chantal Mason St Joseph’s
Mekah Morrissy* Newtown & Chilwell
Milla Naylor Geelong Grammar
Grace O’Kane Torquay
Leila Owens* Torquay
Hayley Peck Grovedale
Grace Purcell* Barwon Heads
Faith Qoon North Geelong
Kirra Robinson* Geelong West Giants
Madeleine Seebeck Ballarat
Johanna Sunderland* Barwon Heads
Amber Towart Geelong Amateur
Jarlah Walsh Geelong Amateur
Seisia White* St Mary’s
Natasha Wilson Geelong Amateur
Kiara Woods* Geelong West Giants
Rhiannon Woods Geelong West Giants
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*Returning from 2022


Luella Aldridge Geelong College
Addison Baars Lara
Caitlin Bell Drysdale
Ava Bilyk St Mary’s
Cavalle Boxer St Mary’s
Sarah Conroy St Joseph’s
Neave Dickson Bannockburn
Evie Durbridge Ocean Grove
Juliet Evans Portarlington
Amber Ferrari Colac Imperials
Belle Fletcher Newtown & Chilwell
Catherine Gandolfo South Barwon
Madison Hammond Leopold
Ava Hauser Lara
Stella Huxtable Torquay
Meg Lappin Newtown & Chilwell
Ally Lappin Newtown & Chilwell
Jayme Lasky Lara
Brodie Mitchell Geelong West Giants
Jayde Morrissy Newtown & Chilwell
Charlee Morrow Lara
Alana Mulvahil St Mary’s
Michaela Payne Barwon Heads
Danielle Rhodes Geelong West Giants
Emily Soppitt Ocean Grove
Tara Trethowan Newtown & Chilwell
Georgia Tyrrell St Joseph’s
Charlotte Van Loon St Mary’s