Who's hanging up the boots? Your club's retiring players

TOUGH Fremantle defender Leah Mascall has called time on her AFLW career.

The 30-year-old tore her ACL in December 2020, sitting out the 2021 season, and finishes with 19 AFLW games to her name.

A former hockey player, Mascall was selected with pick No.44 in the 2017 NAB AFLW Draft from WAWFL club Coastal Titans (now Subiaco).

Mascall was a fierce opponent and noted shut-down defender, making life incredibly difficult for forwards.

It's safe to say she has a few interesting plans ahead.

"In the near future, I want to have a go at racing motorbikes…I might be out there this year depending on how things go," Mascall told Fremantle's website.

"I’m a hockey player by trade so potentially a bit of that and I’ve done triathlons before."

Carlton duo Katie Loynes and Al Downie are still weighing up their options after being delisted by the Blues.


Aasta O'Connor, Geelong

Inaugural Cat and premiership Bulldog Aasta O'Connor retired after 32 games.

She was originally selected with pick No.12 by the Western Bulldogs in the inaugural NAB AFLW Draft in 2016.

The ruck played the 2017 and 2018 seasons at the Dogs, winning the Grand Final in her second year, before joining Geelong for the club's first AFLW season.

A respected coach, O'Connor also ran the NAB AFLW Academy until last year.

Aasta O'Connor has announced her retirement. Picture: AFL Photos

Sally Riley, Gold Coast

A much-loved inaugural Sun and premiership Crow, Riley played 25 AFLW games across five seasons at the top level. 

The 30-year-old was a true utility, capable of lining up across all three lines and plugging gaps where needed.

Drafted with pick No.39 in 2016 as one of Adelaide's Darwin-based players (having moved from Victoria for work), Riley played 14 games for the Crows over three seasons – including the 2017 flag – before moving to the Suns, where she added a further nine games.

A strong leader, Riley was a vice-captain at Adelaide for two seasons and was in the Suns' leadership group across her two years.

Selena Karlson, St Kilda

The 180cm key defender played three games for the Western Bulldogs in 2019, before moving to St Kilda ahead of the club's inaugural season.

Karlson battled injuries in her two years at the Saints, most recently an Achilles complaint, and decided to call time at just 22.

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