SKIPPER: Chloe Leonard will be the on-field leader for GWV Rebels girls this season. Rebels open their season against Sandringham Dragons at the City Oval on Saturday, February 29.
Chloe Leonard is the new Greater Western Victoria Rebels captain for the fast approaching NAB League girls' under-18 season.
Leonard from Ballarat Swans in the Ballarat Football League succeeds Sophie Molan, who is now with Richmond in AFLW, in the leadership role.
Maggie Caris (Horsham) and Renee Saulitis (Lake Wendouree) are vice-captains, while Lilli Condon (Darley), Isabella Hill (North Ballarat) and Ally Trigg (Lake Wendouree) round out the leadership group.
Rebels head coach Rhys Cahir said the leadership group was an exceptional bunch.
He said Leonard was an outstanding leader who wanted the group to get better over herself.
The Rebels' final squad features 15 returning players and 24 newcomers, with two 19-year-olds, 12 top age players and eight bottom age.
Rebels girls co-ordinator Krista Woodroffe said she was pleased with the individual development and cohesiveness as a playing group at this point of the season.
"We definitely feel we have picked our best squad. Normally we would only have the squad at 35, but there were four or five girls we couldn't distinguish from each other so we opened it up to 39 to allow more to get the opportunity.
"We're really pleased with our top end talent as well. We think they will provide good leadership over the course of the season," Woodroffe said.
1 Lilli Condon (Darley) 16
2 Tahlia Meier (Lake Wendouree) 16
3 Ally Trigg (Lake Wendouree) 17
4 Kate Tomkins (Casterton-Sandford) 16
5 Zoe Cowan (North Ballarat) 17
6 Stella Bridgewater (South Warrnambool) 17
6 Melina Ciavarella (North Ballarat) 16
7 Rosie Pickles (South Warrnambool) 15
8 Jorja Jones (East Point) 16
9 Renee Saulitis (Lake Wendouree) 17
10 Lashay Blurton (Portland) 16
11 Olivia Leonard (Ballarat Swans) 16
12 Victoria Jewell (Horsham) 17
13 Jenna Burke (Ballarat Swans) 15
14 Zoe Larkins (Ballarat Swans) 16
15 Chloe Leonard (Ballarat Swans) 18
16 Ruby Stephens (Redan) 15
17 Laura Fitzgibbon (Carisbrook) 17
18 Stephanie Glover (Horsham Demons) 17
19 Crystal Summers (Stawell Warriors) 18
20 Ella Friend (Horsham Saints) 16
21 Iona Cullenward (Lake Wendouree) 16
22 Charlotte Hopkins (East Point) 16
23 Alice Astbury (Lake Wendouree) 18
24 Jamie Lee Speakman (Bacchus Marsh) 18
25 Paige Scott (Carisbrook) 15
26 Elli Aitken (Portland) 16
27 Isabella Hill (North Ballarat) 18
28 Isabella Robson (Redan) 17
29 Claire Booth (Lake Wendouree) 16
30 Nyakoat Dojiok (Lake Wendouree) 17
31 Chloe Stevens (Lake Wendouree) 16
32 Isabella Simmons (Ararat) 17
33 Talia Hurdsfield (Lake Wendouree) 16
34 Gemma Souness (North Ballarat) 16
35 Maggie Caris (Horsham) 17
36 Mitzi Adamson (Hamilton) 16
37 Katelyn Hazlett (Bendigo Thunder) 16
38 Kalani Scoullar (Woorinen) 15