Collingwood’s Erica Fowler and Sophie Alexander have been rewarded for their impressive VFLW campaigns, earning a spot on Collingwood’s 2019 AFLW list.
Fowler and Alexander will make their way onto the senior list through AFL assistance after a range of list changes, including the loss of best and fairest winner Chloe Molloy, who has been placed on the long-term injury list with a Lisfranc injury.
Standing at 180cm tall, Fowler will provide an aerial target in the forward line with the ability to assist Eliza Hynes with ruck duties.
A talented athlete, the 26-year-old also represents the University of Queensland in the Aon Uni 7s Series.
Alexander, a former basketballer with the Ballarat Rush, joined Collingwood after a successful first season with the Eastern Devils in 2017.
Considered unlucky to miss an AFLW draft call up last year, the forward was picked alongside teammate Sarah D’Arcy in the 2018 VFLW Team of the Year.
Collingwood Performance and Strategy Manager Marcus Wagner said the promotion of the players is a credit to the club’s VFLW program.
“We’re delighted to welcome Erica and Sophie onto our AFLW list after they both made such a positive impression in their first year with the club,” Wagner said.
“The VFLW team has provided us with a fantastic opportunity to help develop players like Erica and Sophie to get them to an AFLW standard, and they have proved that hard work in the program can be rewarded.
“While it will be difficult to replace a player of Chloe’s calibre, we look forward to Erica and Sophie making their own mark on the team.”