Brianna Davey

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Brianna Davey
Brianna Davey.jpg
Davey with Melbourne Victory in 2012
Personal information
Full name Brianna Iris Davey
Date of birth (1995-01-13) 13 January 1995 (age 21)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2015 Melbourne Victory 47 (0)
2013 Linköping FC (loan) 5 (0)
2015–2016 Melbourne City 7 (0)
National team
Australia U20
2012–2015 Australia 17 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 July 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 October 2015

Brianna Iris Davey (born 13 January 1995)[1] is an Australian footballer in both the soccer and Australian rules football codes. In soccer, she was a goalkeeper who played for the Matildas and played in the W-League for Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City. In 2016 she stopped playing soccer to play Australian rules football, and was one of two initial marquee recruits for the Carlton Football Club in the inaugural AFL women's league.[2]

Soccer career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Davey was initially an Australian rules football player until discovered kicking a ball at age 13 by a soccer scout while on a family holiday. Instantly discovered to have a talent as goalkeeper, Davey made inroads early and made Victorian representative and elite squads. Signed to Melbourne Victory Women as a fifteen-year-old as back-up keeper to Matildas captain Melissa Barbieri in Season 2010–11, she made three appearances in the short 11 match season. Having done enough to prove to head coach Vicki Linton that she was already as talented as the ageing Barbieri, Linton cut Barbieri and installed Davey as the number one choice. She went on to be the standout keeper for the first half of Season 2011–12 of the W-League.

In August 2013, Davey agreed to play for Swedish Damallsvenskan club Linköping FC during the Australian off-season. Linköping coach Martin Sjögren required a replacement for Sofia Lundgren, who had a back injury. On signing Davey Sjögren described her as "probably the world's most talented goalkeeper".[3]

On 20 August 2015, after five years with Victory, Davey signed a contract with intra-city rivals Melbourne City, becoming the first ever goalkeeper for their newly created W-League side.[4]

International career[edit]

Davey has represented Australia in the Young Matildas, often facing-off for the starting position with Brisbane Roar prodigy Casey Dumont.

After being involved in national team camps for over a year, Davey made her international debut for the Matildas in a 4–0 friendly victory over Haiti; keeping a clean sheet.[5]

After a four-month residency programme, national coach Alen Stajcic surprisingly dropped Davey from Australia's 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup squad. Resurgent veteran Melissa Hudson (née Barbieri) was recalled at Davey's expense.[6]

Australian rules football career[edit]

After missing the World Cup squad, Davey began playing with the St Kilda Sharks in the Victorian Women's Football League in the 2015 winter. Despite not having played Australian rules football since her early junior days, she was quickly recognised as one of the top midfielders in the competition, also capable of playing as a key defender. She played for the Western Bulldogs in exhibition women's matches in 2015 and 2016, having been the top pick in the 2015 mini-draft held to allocate players for the matches.[7]

After having played both codes in parallel for two years (soccer in summer and Australian rules football in winter), Davey committed to Australian rules football, signing as a marquee player for the Carlton Football Club in the inaugural AFL women's league competition, to be held in the 2016–17 summer.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player profile – Brianna Davey". Melbourne Victory FC. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Get to know: Bri Davey – carltonfc.com.au". Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  3. ^ Stockdale, Craig (15 August 2013). "Davey responds to Linköping's call for help". The Football Sack. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Melbourne City FC Signs Goalkeeper Brianna Davey". melbournecityfc.com.au. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Westfield Matildas open US tour with big win". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Matildas omit top scorer Kate Gill from Women's World Cup squad". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  7. ^ Anna Harrington (27 July 2016). "Brianna Davey turns her back on soccer to focus on playing football as a marquee player at Carlton". Fox Sports. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 

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