Lauren Arnell

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Lauren Arnell
Lauren Arnell 04.03.17.jpg
Arnell playing for Carlton in March 2017
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-03-15) 15 March 1987 (age 32)
Original team(s) Darebin Falcons (VWFL)
Draft Priority signing 2016: Carlton
Debut Round 1, 2017, Carlton
vs. Collingwood, at IKON Park
Height 169 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Brisbane
Number 16
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2017–2018 Carlton 11 (4)
2019– Brisbane 07 (0)
Total 18 (4)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2017 Victoria 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2019 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2017.
Career highlights


  • VWFL premiership player: –2016
  • Darebin Falcons leading goalkicker: 2013

Lauren Arnell (born 15 March 1987) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Brisbane Lions in the AFL Women's competition. She served as Carlton's inaugural AFLW team captain in the 2017 season.

Early life and state league football[edit]

Arnell played just one football match as a junior, in a school tournament in her last year of primary school.[1] A talented state-level junior basketballer, Arnell next played football in 2005 while studying to be a teacher in Ballarat.[2][3][4]

Arnell first played football competitively for North Ballarat before moving to the Darebin Falcons in the Victorian Women's Football League (VWFL) where she would win nine league premierships through the end of 2016.[5]

In 2010, Arnell was selected as one of forty players to participate in the women's AFL high-performance camp. As part of the program she played in a curtain-raiser exhibition match ahead of the round 12, 2010 AFL match between Melbourne and Collingwood.[3]

She has represented Victoria at the AFL Women's National Championships on six occasions and been selected three times as an All-Australian.[5]

Arnell was drafted by the Western Bulldogs with the twelfth overall pick in the 2013 exhibition series draft.[6] She played for the club in exhibition series matches through the end of 2016.

AFL Women's career[edit]


Arnell was signed as a priority player by Carlton in August 2016 ahead of the league's inaugural 2017 season.[4] She had previously worked at the club in an off-field role, including in the development of Carlton's bid for a women's team licence.[5] She was named the club's inaugural AFL Women's captain in January 2017.[7] She made her debut in round 1, 2017, in the club and the league's inaugural match at Princes Park against Collingwood.[8]

Carlton signed Arnell for the 2018 season during the trade period in May 2017.[9] She was replaced as captain by Brianna Davey in 2018, instead taking on the role of co-vice captain that season.[10]


On 28 May 2018, Arnell moved to Brisbane in a three-way deal in which Carlton received pick 40 and Collingwood received Nicole Hildebrand.[11]


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2018 season[12]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2017 Carlton 13 7 2 2 60 24 84 11 26 0.3 0.3 8.6 3.4 12.0 1.6 3.7
2018 Carlton 13 4 2 1 21 6 27 7 10 0.5 0.3 5.3 1.5 6.8 1.8 2.5
Career 11 4 3 81 30 111 18 36 0.4 0.3 7.4 2.7 10.1 1.6 3.3

Personal life[edit]

Arnell grew up on a cattle farm in the Victorian town of Clarkefield, 46 kilometres northwest of Melbourne.[4] She spent her later teenage years in Lakes Entrance in the state's east.[5] She is one of three triplets.[1]

Arnell studied physical education teaching at the University of Ballarat and has previously worked as a school teacher.[5][1]

She is the niece of former Footscray player, Ray Walker.[13]

Off-field Arnell works as AFL Victoria's education and training manager.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Nicholson, Larissa (25 August 2016). "Basketball player Lauren Arnell turned AFL star is Carlton's newest recruit". The Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  2. ^ Lane, Samantha (15 June 2010). "A league of their own". The Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b Jolly, Laura (27 June 2010). "Arnell loves specialist coaching in camp". Leader. News Corp. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Blues secure Arnell signature". Carlton Media. Bigpond. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e Driscoll, Hannah (9 May 2016). "Country roots strong for Carlton's female football ambassador Arnell". The Weekly Times. News Corp. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  6. ^ Rhyman, Tobietta (15 May 2013). "2013 AFL Women's Draft Picks Announced". World Footy News. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  7. ^ Negrepontis, Nic (17 January 2017). "Blues women ready to turn up the heat". AFL Media. Bigpond. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  8. ^ Guthrie, Ben (2 February 2017). "Blue ribbon day for AFLW as Carlton downs Collingwood". AFL Media. Bigpond. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  9. ^ "AFLW: All the clubs' full lists after trade period -". Telstra Media. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Davey to captain Blues in 2018". Carlton Media. Telstra Media. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  11. ^ Wood, Lauren (28 May 2018). "Carlton trades former captain Lauren Arnell to Brisbane, Nicole Hildebrand heads to Collingwood".
  12. ^ "Lauren Arnell - Every Game by Season". Australian Football. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Historic women's match makes Lauren Arnell's football dream a reality". Western Bulldogs. Bigpond. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2017.

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