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Roden joins Collingwood women's team

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Collingwood’s women’s AFL team has found another member, with former basketballer Helen Roden joining the Magpies as a rookie-listed player.

Roden, the sister of former Richmond and Port Adelaide player David Rodan has recently settled in Melbourne after spending a number of years playing and coaching college basketball at Texas Christian University in the United States.

Born in Fiji, she joins the Magpies as a rookie under similar AFL guidelines which saw Mason Cox find success from outside of a traditional football background.

Prior to turning to basketball, Roden played roughly six years of junior football for Oak Park in the Essendon District Football League.

She was a Best and Fairest winner and arrives at Collingwood with the potential to add x-factor to the forward line.

Helen Roden

Age: 30
Senior club: VU Western (VFL Womens)
Position: Forward
Coach Wayne Siekman says: “Helen is extremely impressive. She has been involved in high-performance environments before. She has been working hard to be ready for a chance at the AFL level, working with brother David to improve her skills.”