Emma Kearney

Club: North Melbourne

Playing Honours:

  • AFLW All Australian 2017, 18 & 19

  • Western Bulldogs Best & Fairest 2017 & 18

  • AFLW Best & Fairest 2018

  • AFLW Premiership Player 2018

  • North Melbourne Runner Up Best & Fairest 2019

In only two seasons of AFLW, Emma has built quite the resume. A hard running midfielder who is arguably the most damaging in the AFLW, Emma has won back to back Best & Fairest's for the Western Bulldogs, has been named in the All Australian Team twice, was a key member of the Western Bulldog's Premiership Team in 2018, and also won the AFLW Best & Fairest Award.

Growing up on a Sheep Station in country Victoria, Emma was raised similarly to most country kids where they try their hand at a number of sports. For Emma this included playing footy against the boys until the age she was no longer allowed to play which like most young girls in that era was extremely disappointing. It wasn't until around 2010 when Emma returned to the field for Melbourne University in the VWFL where she recaptured her love of the game.

At the conclusion of the 2018 season, North Melbourne and Geelong who are set to join the AFLW in 2019 starting building there teams after months of list strategy. A high priority for North Melbourne was Emma due to her damaging form as well as the connection between the club and Melbourne Uni. After much deliberation, Emma decided to leave the Western Bulldogs and become North Melbourne's first signing. Whilst it was an extremely tough decision, Emma was excited to wear her new colours in 2019.

Announced as the inaugural Captain of the Kangaroos, Emma led the team admirably in what was a terrific season for both Emma and the Club. Whilst failing agonisingly short of a finals berth, Emma was once again named in the All Australian Team and finished Runner Up in the Club Best & Fairest.

An extremely talented athlete, Emma has managed to juggle a professional cricket career alongside her AFLW career and full time job. This has included playing for the Victorian Spirit and Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash.