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In this episode Sam Squiers sits down with Sarah Olle to discuss the AFLW’s ambitious scheduling in 2022 – staging two complete seasons in one calendar year – and any knock-on effects it created. This conversation also delves into how this decision created challenges for other female leagues like the WBBL and the W-league. Could the NRLW learn from the way the AFLW has mixed things up and has the clogged sporting calendar started to impact traditional Summer fixtures like Test Cricket?


Growing up with a cleft lip and palate has given Richmond player, Jess Hosking, the strength and resilience to not only stand up for herself but empower others on their own cleft journeys.

Around 700 babies are born with clefts in Australia each year, but Jess didn’t know anyone else with a cleft when she was growing up. Now Jess has become the role model she was missing when she was a kid, using her platform to educate others about this common but rarely discussed birth condition.

Jess joins host Sam Squiers to share the story of her cleft journey including multiple surgeries and bullying, spending the first year of AFLW on the sideline with an ACL injury, moving from Carlton to Richmond to play with her twin sister Sarah and her advocacy with charities CleftPALS and Interplast.

38. PEGGY O’NEAL – The Puma Fearless Series

President of the Richmond Football Club, Peggy O’Neal, is one of Australian sport’s most powerful and influential figures. The AFL’s first female president, she’s broken boundaries and shattered glass ceilings every step in her career. Peggy joins Sam Squiers to discuss the growth of the AFLW, creating pathways for other women to take on leadership positions in sport, and how it felt to see the Tigers win a premiership in 2017 after a 37-year drought (and two more premierships since then).

36. SABRINA FREDERICK – The Puma Fearless Series

Marquee AFLW player Sabrina Frederick wants her sport to professionalise. Sabrina fell in love with AFL after moving from England to Western Australia as a kid but was shocked to learn she couldn’t play Australia’s national sport at the top level. To continue playing, Sabrina joined the women’s team when she was in her early teens and moved across the country to play for the Brisbane Lions in the first season of the AFLW. Sabrina joins Sam Squiers to discuss finding her love for the game again after two Grand Final losses, finding confidence through sport and how she is using her platform and profile to be a powerful voice for fight for equality.


Two years before the Rio Olympics Chloe Dalton Googled “list of Olympic sports” and switched from professional basketball to the Australian Rugby 7’s team to take a chance at  winning a gold medal. Chloe joins Sam Squiers to discuss achieving her Olympic gold medal dream, managing anxiety and insomnia alongside professional sport and what she wants to achieve with The Female Athlete Project.


Turning setbacks into opportunities has been a consistent part of Ash Brazill’s career. Ash joins Sam Squiers to discuss becoming the first woman to play professional netball and AFL, remaining hopeful in spite of missing out on the Australian Diamonds selection and why her wedding went viral.


Injury and suspension plagued Katie Brennan’s first three seasons of the AFLW as the captain of the Western Bulldogs. Katie joins …

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