Leah Kaslar

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Leah Kaslar
Leah Kaslar 19.03.17.jpg
Kaslar playing for Brisbane in March 2017
Personal information
Full name Leah Kaslar
Nickname(s) Xena Princess Warrior[1][2]
Date of birth (1985-09-11) 11 September 1985 (age 33)[3]
Place of birth Caringbah, New South Wales
Original team(s) Coolangatta Tweed Heads (QWAFL)[1]
Draft No. 31, 2016 AFL Women's draft
Debut Round 1, 2017, Brisbane
vs. Melbourne, at Casey Fields
Height 171 cm (5 ft 7 in)[3]
Position(s) Full back/ruck[4][5]
Club information
Current club Gold Coast
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2017–2019 Brisbane 21 (0)
2020– Gold Coast 00 (0)
Total 21 (0)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2017 The Allies 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2019 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2017.
Career highlights

QWAFL

  • 2016 QWAFL League Best & Fairest
Source: AustralianFootball.com

Leah Kaslar (born 11 September 1985) is an Australian rules footballer playing for Gold Coast in the AFL Women's. She formerly played for and captained Brisbane, leaving after the 2019 season.

Early life[edit]

Kaslar was born in 1985 in Caringbah, New South Wales and moved with her family to Cairns, Queensland before her first birthday.[6] She first played football as a teenager in Cairns[7] and moved to the Gold Coast shortly after her 21st birthday where she began playing football for Coolangatta Tweed Heads in the QAFLW. She was equal winner of the Queensland Women's AFL (QWAFL) best and fairest in 2016.[8]

AFLW career[edit]

Brisbane[edit]

Kaslar was recruited by Brisbane with the number 31 pick in the 2016 AFL Women's draft. She was announced as one of the Brisbane Lions' "values leaders" to assist captain Emma Zielke alongside Emily Bates, Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Sam Virgo in January 2017.[9] She made her debut in the Lions' inaugural game against Melbourne at Casey Fields on 5 February 2017.[10] At the end of the season, she was listed in the 2017 40-player All-Australian squad.[11]

Brisbane signed Kaslar for the 2018 season during the trade period in May 2017.[12] Brisbane signed Kaslar for the 2019 season prior to the 2018 AFL Women's draft. On 12 December 2018, she was elected 2019 team captain by her teammates.[13]

Gold Coast[edit]

Following the 2019 season, Kaslar joined the Gold Coast.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brisbane Lions AFL Women's Players". Brisbane Lions. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  2. ^ Flanagan, Martin (3 March 2017). "Tayla Harris has AFL Women's football kicking on in Brisbane". The Age. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "LEAH KASLAR". Australian Football. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  4. ^ Hamilton, Andrew (23 March 2017). "Who is Queensland's best full-back? Steven May defers to Leah Kaslar". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  5. ^ Boswell, Tom (16 February 2017). "Leah Kaslar says Brisbane Lions AFLW team can become leaders for the sport in Queensland". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  6. ^ "AFLW 2019: Leah Kasler has a premiership in her sights". Courier Mail. 1 February 2019.
  7. ^ Grant, Dwayne (22 March 2017). "AFL Women's grand final: Brisbane Lions' juggling act ensures chance to shine on the biggest stage". Herald Sun. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  8. ^ "WATCH: Virgo shares the B&F". AFL Queensland. 15 September 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Emma Zielke named as Brisbane Lions' inaugural AFLW Captain". Brisbane Lions. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  10. ^ "AFLW 2017 round one: Melbourne Demons v Brisbane Lions". Herald Sun. 5 February 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  11. ^ "AFLW Lions and Crows dominate All Australian squad". AFL.com.au. BigPond. 28 March 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  12. ^ "AFLW: All the clubs' full lists after trade period - AFL.com.au". afl.com.au. Telstra Media. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Leah Kaslar elected AFLW Captain". Lions.com.au. 13 December 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Suns signing bonanza: Gold Coast ravage AFLW rival as three players see the light". Gold Coast Bulletin. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.

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