FOLLOWING an impressive debut season, Kelly O’Neill has tallied 77 votes for the Southern Saints VFLW, earning fifth in this year’s best and fairest and a position on next season’s AFLW side.
At 182cm, Kelly plays a tall, yet versatile role, she is both strong overhead and has great endurance.
Former premiership teammate and Bass Coast Breakers president Ella Angarane is proud the Breakers are providing pathways for female footballers.
“Both Kelly and Taylah Stahl have made the progression from the Breakers – now playing the game at the top level,” said Ella.
“Kelly has been playing great footy all year. Selected for all 17 games, she worked incredibly hard, developing each week.
“Kelly’s a great role model around the club here and it’s really great the youth and older girls can look up to her,” Ella said.
Ella says that Kelly still plays a big role at the Breakers as skills coach, but understands if this will have to finish next year.
The Southern Saints will join Richmond, West Coast Eagles and the Gold Coast debuting in the AFLW with a total of 14 sides in the AFLW 2020 season, set to commence early next year.