Steph Chiocci

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Steph Chiocci
Chiocci playing for Collingwood in the inaugural AFL Women's match in February 2017
Chiocci playing for Collingwood in 2017
Personal information
Full name Stephanie Chiocci
Nickname(s) Choch[1]
Date of birth (1988-12-06) 6 December 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Carlton, Victoria
Original team(s) Diamond Creek (VFLW)
Draft No. 11, 2016 AFL Women's draft
Debut Round 1, 2017, Collingwood
vs. Carlton, at IKON Park
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Weight 55 kg (8 st 9 lb; 121 lb)[2]
Position(s) Wing/Half-back
Club information
Current club Collingwood
Number 17
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2017– Collingwood 12 (3)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2017 Victoria 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2018 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2017.
Career highlights

AFLW

Representative

  • 4× All-Australian: 2007,2009, 2011, 2013
  • Victorian State of Origin 2017

State

  • 2x VWFL premiership player: 2006, 2012
  • 3x Diamond Creek best and fairest: 2006, 2012, 2016
  • Diamond Creek captain: 2014–
  • Victorian Representative: 2007, 09, 11, 13, 15
  • Victorian Metro Representative 2007 - 2015
  • VWFL Best First Year Player: 2006
Source: AustralianFootball.com

Stephanie Chiocci (pronounced Kee-otchi; born 6 December 1988) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Collingwood Football Club in the AFL Women's competition.[2] She is the club's inaugural AFLW team captain.

Early life and state league football[edit]

Chiocci grew up in Eltham, a suburb in Melbourne's north-east.[3] She attended high school at Catholic Ladies' College in Eltham.[4]

Chiocci plays state league football for Diamond Creek in the Victorian Women's Football League (VWFL) and has done so since 2006.[5] She was a member of the Creekers North East division premiership team in 2006 and won the club's best and fairest award that same season.[4] That season, she also received the leagues' best first year player award.[6] She repeated the result in 2012, with a second premiership and second club best and fairest.[4] She kicked three goals in the winning grand final.[2] Chiocci placed second in the league's best and fairest award at the conclusion of the 2009 season.[4] She has captained the club since the 2014 season.[7]

In 2010, Chiocci was 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.[8]

Chiocci was selected by the Western Bulldogs with the club's first selection and number two overall in the 2013 women's AFL exhibition game draft.[9] She later played in the first women's exhibition match in June 2013. She was retained by the club and played in exhibition matches in each year through to the end of 2016.[10] She captained the side in 2015 and 2016 including in the women's all-star match in September 2016.[11][12]

Chiocci participated in AFL Victoria's female academy in 2015 and 2016, a program intending to lift the performances of some of the state's best female footballers.[13][14]

Chiocci is a three-time senior All-Australian, winning the honours in consecutive AFL Women's National Championships in 2009, 2011 and 2013.[15][7]

AFL Women's career[edit]

Chiocci was drafted by Collingwood with the club's second selection and eleventh overall in the 2016 AFL Women's draft.[5] She was named the club's inaugural AFL Women's captain in January 2017.[3][16] Chiocci played in all seven games of the 2017 season.

In May 2017, Collingwood signed her for the 2018 season. [17] She played in the first five matches of the season, before she was suspended for making forceful head-high contact with the Bulldogs' Libby Birch in round 5. She was suspended for two matches, ending her season after playing five matches.[18]

In May 2018, Chiocci was re-signed by Collingwood for the 2019 season.[19]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2018 season[20]
Legend
 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 Collingwood 17 7 1 2 50 18 68 9 21 0.1 0.3 7.1 2.6 9.7 1.3 3.0
2018 Collingwood 17 5 2 1 42 28 70 7 21 0.4 0.2 8.4 5.6 14.0 1.4 4.2
Career 12 3 3 92 46 138 16 42 0.3 0.3 7.7 3.8 11.5 1.3 3.5

Honours and achievements[edit]

Individual

Personal life[edit]

Off-field, Chiocci works as a teacher at Parkdale Secondary College in Melbourne's south-east.[3] She is of Italian descent.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steph Chiocci: Vic". AFL Community. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Flanagan, Martin (3 June 2016). "Leading Bulldog Steph Chiocci won't die wondering". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Sewell, Eliza (25 January 2017). "Black and white the right look for Collingwood's first AFLW captain Steph Chiocci". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "#1 Steph Chiocci". Victorian Women's Football League. SportsTG. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b O'Connor, Callum (17 October 2016). "Diamond Creek leads the country with 14 players selected in AFL Women's draft". Diamond Valley Leader. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  6. ^ O'Connor, Callum (3 May 2016). "After 10 years and 150 games Diamond Creek's Stephanie Chiocci represents everything that is good in the developing women's game". Diamond Valley Leader. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Stephanie Chiocci". Precision Sports Entertainment Group. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  8. ^ Hustwaite, Megan (22 June 2010). "VWFL goes for High Performance". Leader. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  9. ^ "New Dog Chiocci caught Ablett's eye". Western Bulldogs. Bigpond. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Bulldogs women's team finalised". Western Bulldogs. Bigpond. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Determined Dogs out for win". Western Bulldogs. Bigpond. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  12. ^ O'Connor, Callum (6 June 2016). "Diamond Creek star Stephanie Chiocci leads Western Bulldogs to victory over Western Australia in exhibition game at Docklands". Diamond Valley Leader. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  13. ^ Lane, Samantha (8 November 2015). "AFL Victoria launches female academy". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  14. ^ Thompson, Matt (9 November 2015). "Women's national comp closer". Melbourne FC. Bigpond. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Women's All Australian team announced". Melbourne FC. Bigpond. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Blues fan, then Dog, now Chiocci is Pies skipper". AFL Media. Bigpond. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  17. ^ Black, Sarah (18 May 2017). "AFLW: Steph Chiocci headlines five re-signings at Pies - AFL.com.au". afl.com.au. Telstra Media. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  18. ^ Wood, Lauren (6 March 2018). "Collingwood star Steph Chiocci accepts two-week ban for high bump on Bulldog Libby Birch". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Collingwood re-sign host of players". The Women's Game. 28 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Steph Chiocci – player stats by season". Australian Football. Retrieved 23 March 2018.

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