I would love to represent my country – AFLW star paving the way for Kiwi’s playing AFL

Jesse Tawhiao-Wardlaw has had a busy past 2 years. The Brisbane Lions superstar helped capture the Lions first Premiership in 2021 and has been awarded with a number of AFLW accolades.

The tall forward has dominated the past two seasons in the AFLW, helping Brisbane to win their first Premiership in April this year. In 2020, Jesse was a round 2 nominee for the AFLW Rising Star and was included in the Team of the year after a breakout season.

The 21-year-old who is originally from Ashburton, is a key forward for the Lions, where she is dangerous in front of goal.

Her mother was born in Auckland and her father is from Christchurch.

Drafted to the Lion with the 61st pick in the 2018 draft, Jesse made her debut in round 1 of the 2019 season. She has held her spot in the side with her marking ability and goal sense when in the forward line.

Jesse wants to inspire young, Kiwi kids to train hard and put their best foot forwards to achieve their goal. Still so new to the elite level, the number 30 has a lot of potential to become one of the greats of the game and lead the way for the mighty Brisbane Lions.

If given the chance in the future, Jesse said “I would love to represent my country, I’m sure that’s every athletes dream. If I had the opportunity, I would take it and make my family proud.”

  • Born 13 January 2000
  • Drafted with pick 61 in 2018
  • Debuted round 1 2019
  • 21 AFLW games & 16 goals
  • 2020 All Australian Squad