Versatile Lion to miss 2021, 'unlucky' defender finally gets chance

INAUGURAL Brisbane player Sharni Webb will sit out the 2021 season due to pregnancy.

The versatile Webb, who has played in nearly every position across her 27 matches, will be replaced by Coolangatta's Beth Pinchin.

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Webb, 29, was vice-captain of the Lions for the 2020 season but was not in the recently announced leadership group.

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Pinchin has battled knee injuries in recent years, limiting her bid for selection in AFLW drafts, but will now get her chance after she was invited to this year's NAB AFLW Draft Combine.

The 24-year-old co-captained Gold Coast during the 2018 Winter Series held between the Suns and the Lions.

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"Beth has been unlucky with injury in the past but has come back and had a really strong state-league season with Coolangatta in 2020," coach Craig Starcevich said on the Lions' website.  

Beth Pinchin during the AFLW NAB All Stars Match in Queensland on October 4, 2020. Picture: AFL Photos

"We look forward to seeing what she can do this year.

"She’s a good intercept mark, uses the ball well by foot and can read the game really well. 

"Most importantly, Beth is a great person off-field and displays strong leadership qualities that we will continue to help her develop."