Student Achievement: Bridie Kennedy, Year 12 MacKillop

Dandenong Stingrays ruck Bridie Kennedy has been invited to the NAB AFL Women’s Draft Combine after winning the inaugural TAC Cup Girls Best-&-Fairest Award back in April this year.

The Dromana 17-year-old was “shocked’’ and “over the moon” after being named the best player in the state league, alongside Calder Cannons player Chloe Molloy. Tall and athletic, Kennedy made an impact in every game as the Stingrays won three of their five games in the new TAC Cup competition.

Stingrays Coach Dee Longwill praised Kennedy saying, “She brought so much laughter, leadership – she was our vice-captain – and she stood up to the challenges, always wanting to improve.”

“Right from the start she worked on her fitness, so I knew she had a lot of potential. And when we started playing games she was electric, really. It’s good to see her hard work paid off.”

Kennedy, who stands 175cm tall, said the season was challenging, “but in a good way”, and she was often forced to learn on the run.

An unknown a few months ago, Kennedy is now on the radar of AFLW clubs. That’s her aim - to play AFL footy. “I’d love to be drafted for the AFLW, that’s definitely the goal,” she said.

A list of 47 players have been invited to the first NAB AFL Women's Draft Combine. Invitees have not been restricted by age, with 16 above the age of 18. Victoria has the most representatives in the combine with 21 players.

The combine will be held at Etihad Stadium on October 3-4, ahead of the NAB AFLW Draft on October 18.