Sibling act: More familiar names heading to the AFLW

AS THE seventh NAB AFLW Draft approaches, familiar footy names litter the prospects list. Several draft hopefuls have seen their siblings land at clubs to play across both the women's and men's leagues and are now looking to follow in their footsteps. 

Twenty-five different sets of siblings have been listed either within the AFLW, or across the women's and men's leagues since the AFLW began in 2017, with that number set to rise this year. Port Adelaide has already signed talented twins Laquoiya and Litonya Cockatoo-Motlap and added Abbey Dowrick - sister of Adelaide's McKenzie - to its inaugural list, while a number of talented younger sisters vie for spots in the upcoming draft. 

Hannah Button and Rachelle Martin 

This year Adelaide's Hannah Button and Rachelle Martin became the first siblings to win an AFLW premiership together as part of the Crows' third flag wearing guernsey numbers five and six respectively. 

Hannah, drafted with pick 53 in the 2018 draft and played every game in her debut season, including Adelaide's history making grand final win, but missed all of 2020 as she rehabbed an ACL injury. Younger sister Rachelle was a top up player for the Crows in 2020, playing round one while not officially listed, but was then drafted with pick 45 later that year.  

Bethany Lynch and Tom Lynch 

A pair of siblings who, despite starting their careers at different clubs - Bethany at North Melbourne and Tom at Gold Coast - have both landed at Richmond, sharing the club for the first time this year. 

Bethany began her footy journey at Richmond's now defunct VFLW side before being signed as a rookie to North Melbourne's inaugural 2019 list. Unfortunately delisted at the end of 2021, she was added to the Tigers list as an inactive replacement player ahead of the 2022 season and played an important role in defence across all ten games this year. 

Tom, taken with pick No.11 in the 2010 draft, famously moved to Richmond as a Free Agent ahead of the 2019 men's season, signing a long-term deal with the club. 

Breann Moody and Celine Moody 

2021 All-Australian ruck Breann Moody was snapped up by Carlton with pick No.67 in the inaugural AFLW draft back in 2016 and has steadily developed into one of the best rucks in the league.  

It was a slower process for twin Celine, who was signed by the Western Bulldogs as a rookie ahead of the 2019 season and after working through some persistent injuries had a breakthrough season this year, playing every game for the Dogs. 

Emma O'Driscoll and Nathan O'Driscoll 

Now a staple in Fremantle's defence, Emma joined the club via pick 51 in 2019. After making her debut in round four, 2020, she enjoyed wins in each of her first eight career games. Emma has become a fan favourite with her enthusiastic social media presence, including a video of her excitement when younger brother Nathan was drafted to the Dockers late in 2020 with pick 27. 

Nathan made his debut in round two this year and after an initial loss has since enjoyed a six-game winning streak, kicking six goals in the process. 

Cathy Svarc and Ruby Svarc 

The Svarc sisters play very different game styles but complement one another to create impressive balance for Brisbane. Cathy, taken with pick No.16 back in 2019 made her mark on the game with her strength and power, recently becoming the competition's premier midfield stopper. 

She was joined at the Lions by sister Ruby the following year via pick No.38. Ruby failed to make her debut in the club's premiership-winning 2021 season and was momentarily delisted at the end of the year before a teammate's retirement threw her a lifeline. The younger Svarc took that chance and ran with it, playing ten of a possible 11 games this year. 

Brisbane's Ruby and Cathy Svarc celebrate against West Coast in round eight, 2022. Picture: Getty Images

Charlie Rowbottom and James Rowbottom 

Last year's No.1 draft pick Charlie Rowbottom turned heads when she nominated in Gold Coast's draft pool instead of her home state of Victoria three years after brother James moved to Sydney via pick No.25 in 2018. 

Both siblings wear the number eight guernsey for their respective teams, and dominate stoppages with a hard-nosed playing style, adept at winning the ball at the contest and aren't afraid to apply defensive pressure. 

Maddy Prespakis and Georgie Prespakis 

New Bomber Maddy Prespakis was initially taken by Carlton with pick three back in 2018. She has since taken out the competition's Rising Star award, competition best and fairest count and has been included in two All-Australian teams. 

A tough act for younger sister Georgie to follow, who was drafted by Geelong with pick two last year and immediately showed off her agility and run, earning a Rising Star nomination on debut. 

Sisterly love on display as Prespakis cops an ugly hit

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Geelong's Georgie Prespakis comes of the field after trying to tackle her sister Maddy

Tarni Brown, Callum Brown and Tyler Brown 

The Brown trio each landed at Collingwood following in the footsteps of their father, Gavin. 

Tarni, the youngest, made her debut in 2021 and played every game that season, becoming increasingly important to their midfield makeup. Her 2022 season was interrupted with injury and COVID, but Tarni will be vital to Collingwood's seventh AFLW season with key midfielders Brianna Davey and Britt Bonnici injured. 

Oldest brother Callum who plays as a forward and middle brother Tyler who roams both the midfield and forward line joined the club in the 2016 and 2017 drafts respectively. 

Yasmin Duursma and Xavier Duursma 

One of this year's exciting draft prospects is Yasmin Duursma, younger sister of Port Adelaide's Xavier. With rumours swirling that Yasmin will nominate in the South Australian draft pool rather than her home of Victoria, there is every chance she will land at the same club as her brother. 

The Duursma family (L-R): Susie, Dean, Xavier, Willem, Zane and Yasmin. Picture: Xavier Duursma/Instagram

Cynthia Hamilton and Lexi Hamilton 

Cynthia Hamilton, arguably the most talented player in the New South Wales region this year, seems set to land at Sydney where older sister Lexi has signed with the Swans' inaugural team. 

Lexi has spent time at both Gold Coast and North Melbourne without getting a good run at the elite level, while adding the clever Cynthia would be a coup for Sydney, after spending her junior years as part of the GWS talent academy. 

J'Noemi Anderson, Jed Anderson, Joe Anderson and Jasmine Anderson 

The fourth Anderson tracking to reach a club list, J'Noemi is a hard-hitting midfielder/forward who attacks contests with power and strength. J'Noemi will follow in older sister Jasmine's footsteps in reaching AFLW level, after Jasmine was listed by Adelaide in 2017. 

Brothers Joe and Jed have also both reached the elite level, playing for Carlton and Hawthorn/North Melbourne respectively. 

J'Noemi Anderon in action during the AFLW U19 Championships on April 15, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

AFLW siblings 

  • Jasmine Anderson (0 games, ADL), Jed Anderson (89 games, HAW/NM), Joe Anderson (17 games, CAR) and J'Noemi Anderson (nominating for AFLW draft) 
  • Sarah Allan (51 games, ADL) and Jess Allan (18 games, ADL/GWS) 
  • Alex Ballard (yet to debut, PORT) and Charlie Ballard (80 games, GCS) 
  • Tessa Boyd (0 games, WB) and Tom Boyd (61 games, GWS/WB) 
  • Tarni Brown (19 games, COLL), Callum Brown (69 games, COLL) and Tyler Brown (23 games, COLL) 
  • Millie Brown (9 games, GEE/WB) and Tom Brown (yet to debut, RICH) 
  • Hannah Button (30 games, ADL) and Rachelle Martin (20 games, ADL) 
  • Rene Caris (12 games, GEE) and Maggie Caris (5 games, MEL) 
  • Laquioya Cockatoo-Motlap (yet to debut, PORT) and Litonya Cockatoo-Motlap (yet to debut, PORT) 
  • Giselle Davies (yet to debut, GCS) and Fleur Davies (nominating for AFLW draft) 
  • McKenzie Dowrick (13 games, BRIS/WCE/ADL) and Abbey Dowrick (yet to debut, PORT) 
  • Yasmin Duursma (nominating for AFLW draft) and Xavier Duursma (51 games, PORT) 
  • Alexia Hamilton (3 games, GCS/NM/SYD) and Cynthia Hamilton (nominating for AFLW draft) 
  • Danielle Higgins (24 games, GEE) and Shaun Higgins (259 games, WB/NM/GEE) 
  • Sarah Hosking (48 games, CAR/RICH) and Jess Hosking (39 games, CAR/RICH) 
  • Gemma Houghton (46 games, FREO/PORT) and Joel Houghton (0 games, FREO) 
  • Jessy Keeffe (11 games, BRIS) and Lachlan Keeffe (87 games, COLL/GWS) 
  • Grace Kelly (23 games, WCE/STK) and Niamh Kelly (22 games, WCE/ADL) 
  • Parris Laurie (33 games, FREO/WCE) and Jesse Laurie (0 games, PORT) 
  • Bethany Lynch (18 games, NM/RICH) and Tom Lynch (203 games, GCS/RICH) 
  • Maddison Levi (8 games, GCS) and Teagan Levi (yet to debut, GCS) 
  • Ellie McKenzie (15 games, RICH) and Tom McKenzie (0 games, NM) 
  • Breann Moody (47 games, CAR) and Celine Moody (27 games, WB) 
  • Emma O'Driscoll (25 games, FREO) and Nathan O'Driscoll (7 games, FREO) 
  • Maddy Prespakis (34 games, CAR/ESS) and Georgie Prespakis (10 games, GEE) 
  • Helen Roden (1 game, COLL) and David Rodan (185 games, RICH/PORT/MEL) 
  • Charlie Rowbottom (10 games, GCS) and James Rowbottom (54 games, SYD) 
  • Charlotte Simpson (nominating for AFLW draft) and Sam Simpson (19 games, GEE)
  • Shae Sloane (1 game, MEL) and Rory Sloane (233 games, ADL) 
  • Cathy Svarc (30 games, BRIS) and Ruby Svarc (10 games, BRIS) 
  • Amy Smith (6 games, NM) and Joel Smith (26 games, MEL) 
  • Sarah Verrier (22 games, FREO) and Steven Verrier (0 games, RICH) 
  • Daisy Walker (16 games, CAR) and Will Walker (6 games, NM)