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Captain Chiocci to continue in 2019

Steph Chiocci will captain Collingwood for the third consecutive AFL Women's season in 2019. Photo: Luke Henry. - Collingwood,Collingwood Magpies
Steph Chiocci will captain Collingwood for the third consecutive AFL Women's season in 2019. Photo: Luke Henry.

With only 50 days until she leads the team out for the round one opener against Geelong, Steph Chiocci has been named Collingwood AFLW captain for 2019.

Chiocci enters her third year captaining the Pies having arrived at the club in 2016 with an extensive leadership background as captain of the Western Bulldogs in multiple AFLW exhibition games as well as Diamond Creek in the VFLW competition.

Supporting Chiocci, Emma Grant will remain a co-vice-captain alongside Magpies cross-coder Ashleigh Brazill.

Brazill was a leader of the AFLW team in 2018 and overcame a hamstring injury to play two AFLW matches and win the Magpies Netball Best and Fairest after a stunning season on the court. The 28-year-old has been elevated to co-vice-captain in her second season with the team.

Rounding out the leadership group are foundation players Sarah D’Arcy and Brittany Bonnici alongside 2018 Rising Star and Collingwood Best and Fairest winner Chloe Molloy.

The club’s inaugural captain was thrilled to find out she would lead the side for a third consecutive season.

“Leadership is a great strength of the Magpies’ AFLW team and I’m humbled to be selected as captain again,” Chiocci said.

“I’ve really enjoyed leading alongside Emma, Ash and Britt again and can’t wait to see what Sarah and Chloe will bring to the group.

“The leadership selection process was a fantastic opportunity to reflect on our leadership strengths and being selected is great validation for us as leaders; especially when it is based on peer nominations.

“We’ve got a few fresh faces and plenty of young talent in the team so we’re all keen to support and lead the group to be strong as one.”

General Manager of Women’s Sport Jane Woodlands-Thompson oversaw the process which involved peer and self-nomination based upon set criteria as well as an interview.

“We wanted to create a process that not only uncovered the most appropriate leaders for the team, but also educated the group on what it takes to be a leader at the Collingwood Football Club,” Woodlands-Thompson said.

“With 13 players between the ages of 18 and 21 in our AFLW team, we think it’s very important for our young, emerging players to understand what it takes to become a great leader.

“Steph is a seasoned leader and it’s with great pride that she has been appointed as captain along with Emma, Ash, Britt, Sarah and Chloe in the leadership team.

“It’s a great dynamic within the group and we think we’ve struck a balance of experience, knowledge and skills along with representation of the whole team.”