Joining the NAB AFL Women's competition in 2022
In late 2021, the Essendon Football Club become truly whole, with the AFL Commission granting an AFLW licence for the Bombers to join the national women’s competition for the 2022/2023 season onwards.
The Bombers also secured the services of the experienced coach Natalie Wood who will lead the club into its first season in the national women’s competition.
The club’s strong women's football program foundations, as well as its existing and considerable membership base nationally, as well as its strong presence in the north-west corridor of Melbourne and NGA regions in the Northern Territory to attract and retain female talent.
Coach: Natalie Wood
AFLW player signings: Sophie Alexander, Daria Bannister, Alana Barba, Steph Cain, Ellyse Gamble, Georgia Gee, Cat Phillips, Maddy Prespakis, Bonnie Toogood, Sophie Van De Heuvel, Jacqui Vogt, Jess Wuetschner
Open-age player signings: Eloise Ashley-Cooper, Bella Ayre, Olivia Barton, Jorja Borg, Joanne Doonan, Federica Frew, Danielle Marshall, Georgia Nanscawen, Caitlin Sargent, Renee Tierney, Jordan Zanchetta
Draftees: Amber Clarke, Paige Scott, Stephanie Wales, Mia Busch, Mia Van Dyke, Amelia Radford, Ashleigh Van Loon