Steph Chiocci

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Steph Chiocci
Steph Chiocci 03.02.17 (cropped).jpg
Chiocci playing for Collingwood in 2017
Personal information
Full name Stephanie Chiocci
Date of birth (1988-12-06) 6 December 1988 (age 33)
Place of birth Carlton, Victoria
Original team(s) Diamond Creek (VFLW)
Draft No. 11, 2016 national draft
Debut Round 1, 2017, Collingwood
vs. Carlton, at Ikon Park
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Midfielder / defender
Club information
Current club Collingwood
Number 17
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2017– Collingwood 55 (8)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2017 Victoria 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of S7 (2022).
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2017.
Career highlights
Source: AustralianFootball.com

Stephanie Chiocci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkjɔttʃi]; born 6 December 1988) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Collingwood Football Club in the AFL Women's (AFLW). She has served as Collingwood captain since the competition's inaugural season in 2017, and has served as co-captain alongside Brianna Davey since the 2021 season.

Early life[edit]

Chiocci grew up in Eltham, a suburb in Melbourne's north-east,[1] and is of Italian descent.[2] She attended high school at Catholic Ladies' College in Eltham.[3]

Early football career[edit]

Chiocci following the 2017 VFLW Grand Final

State league career[edit]

Chiocci played state league football for Diamond Creek in the Victorian Women's Football League (VWFL) and VFL Women's (VFLW) from 2006 to 2017.[4] 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.[3] That season, she also received the leagues' best first year player award.[5] She repeated the result in 2012, with a second premiership and second club best and fairest.[3] 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.[3] She captained the club from 2014 to 2017.[6]

Representative football[edit]

Chiocci is a three-time senior All-Australian, winning the honours in consecutive AFL Women's National Championships in 2009, 2011 and 2013.[7][6] 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]

AFL Women's career[edit]

Chiocci playing in 2020

Chiocci was drafted by Collingwood with the club's second selection and eleventh overall in the 2016 AFL Women's draft.[4] She was named the club's inaugural AFL Women's captain in January 2017.[1][15] Chiocci played in all seven games of the 2017 season.

In May 2017, Collingwood signed her for the 2018 season.[16] She played in the first five matches of the season, before she was suspended for making forceful head-high contact with Western Bulldogs defender Libby Birch in round 5. She was suspended for two matches, ending her season after playing five matches.[17] In May 2018, Chiocci was re-signed by Collingwood for the 2019 season.[18][19]

Collingwood signed Chiocci for the 2020 season during the trade and sign period in April 2019.[20]

In December 2020, it was announced that Chiocci would captain Collingwood for a fifth consecutive season in 2021, and that vice-captain and former Carlton captain Brianna Davey would join her as co-captain.[21][22]

After playing in the opening round of the 2022 season, Chiocci was a late withdrawal from Collingwood's win over St Kilda with an Achilles injury,[23] before returning in round 4 against Fremantle.[24] She was left out again in round 6 to manage the same injury,[25] before returning in round 8 against the Western Bulldogs.[26]

Statistics[edit]

Updated to the end of S7 (2022).[27]

Legend
  G  
Goals
  K  
Kicks
  D  
Disposals 
  T  
Tackles
  B  
Behinds 
  H  
Handballs 
  M  
Marks
Season Team No. Games Totals Averages (per game) Votes
G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
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 5
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 3
2019 Collingwood 17 7 1 3 51 22 73 20 21 0.1 0.4 7.3 3.1 10.4 2.9 3.0 3
2020 Collingwood 17 7 1 0 59 50 109 25 22 0.1 0.0 8.4 7.1 15.6 3.6 3.1 3
2021 Collingwood 17 11 0 3 79 67 146 32 36 0.0 0.3 7.2 6.1 13.3 2.9 3.3 0
2022 Collingwood 17 7 1 2 46 45 91 18 19 0.1 0.3 6.6 6.4 13.0 2.6 2.7 0
S7 (2022) Collingwood 17 11 2 3 76 41 117 25 29 0.2 0.3 6.9 3.7 10.6 2.3 2.6 1
Career 55 8 14 403 271 674 136 169 0.1 0.3 7.3 4.9 12.3 2.5 3.1 15

Personal life[edit]

Off-field, Chiocci works as a teacher at Parkdale Secondary College in Melbourne's south-east.[1]

Honours and achievements[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b 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 d "#1 Steph Chiocci". Victorian Women's Football League. SportsTG. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b "Stephanie Chiocci". Precision Sports Entertainment Group. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Women's All Australian team announced". Melbourne FC. Bigpond. 24 June 2013. 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. ^ "Blues fan, then Dog, now Chiocci is Pies skipper". AFL Media. Bigpond. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ Black, Sarah (7 June 2018). "AFLW: Delisted Docker goes coast to coast". afl.com.au. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  19. ^ "Collingwood re-sign host of players". The Women's Game. 28 May 2018.
  20. ^ Black, Sarah (10 April 2019). "Eagles pinch star Dockers mid, Dees and Freo re-sign 18 each". womens.afl. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  21. ^ Black, Sarah (2 December 2020). "Follow the leader: Former Blue promoted to co-captain Pies". womens.afl. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  22. ^ Lewis, Tash (1 December 2020). "Chiocci and Davey Lead Pies in 2021". collingwoodfc.com.au. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  23. ^ Beveridge, Riley (15 January 2022). "Pies stay perfect against struggling Saints". womens.afl. Retrieved 16 January 2022.
  24. ^ Black, Sarah (26 January 2022). "THURSDAY TEAMS: Pies welcome back skipper, Docker in for 2022 debut". womens.afl. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  25. ^ "SUNDAY TEAMS: In-form Lion out, Pies lose another star". womens.afl. 12 February 2022. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  26. ^ Black, Sarah (26 February 2022). "SUNDAY TEAMS: Dogs, Pies welcome back stars, gun Lion returns". womens.afl. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  27. ^ "Stephanie Chiocci - player stats by season". Australian Football. Retrieved 13 November 2022.

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