Wicksteed To Join Richmond In AFLW

The pathway could not be any clearer for female footballers in the SWFL after Charlie Wicksteed this week committed to playing for Richmond in the AFLW in the 2023 season.

Wicksteed who played 23 games for South Bunbury and 9 for Donnybrook last season, has impressed since playing for South Fremantle in the WAFLW this year.  Wicksteed has been a ball magnet for the Bulldogs through the midfield averaging 14.6 disposals, 3.5 clearances, and 3.7 inside 50s per game in 2023.

Wicksteed who is only 20 years of age, will join Richmond as a replacement player following Tessa Lavey’s move to the Inactive List.

South Fremantle has been a breeding ground for players joining Richmond following Shai Bolton, Marlion Pickett, Matthew Parker and Steely Green who have been drafted to the Tigers from South Fremantle in recent years.

Charli was first spotted last year during the 2022 Rio Tinto WA Country Championships, where she was named an All-Star and in the best players for the Grand Final Victory representing the SWFL.

Wicksteed has since kicked on to become an influential state league player in just her second year at the level.

Richmond AFLW Recruiting Manager Trent Mosbey said that Wicksteed’s work rate, skill, and decision-making from her state junior hockey days transferred well to her football, adding she was also an excellent kick.

“Charli has impressive power, speed, and evasive movement,” he said.

“Her running patterns and high-end work rate caught our attention, along with her foot skills, clean hands, and smarts to navigate traffic.

“We were impressed by her strong intent and desire to win the contested ball, defend and work hard from the inside to outside.

“Given her football background and her growth mindset, we see a significant upside in Charli, and we are excited to see what she can do wearing the yellow and black. “

Mosbey said that he could see the Bunbury product playing several roles across the ground at the AFLW level, given her range of attributes.

Wicksteed will relocate to Melbourne to join the AFLW Tigers’ pre-season preparations this week.

*Details courtesy of richmondfc.com.au

Charli Wicksteed in action last season for Donnybrook. Photo courtesy of Sharyn Newlands