Moana Hope

Club: Melbourne University / Collingwood

Playing Honours:

  • Victorian Senior Representative 2004
  • Victorian Under 19 Representative 2005, 06 & 07 (Captain)
  • National Carnival Player of the Championships 2005
  • All Australian 2004, 05, 06 & 07
  • Victorian Team of 25 years 2005
  • International Rules Representative 2005 & 06
  • 5 x Premiership Player for Darebin FC
  • Darebin Best & Fairest 
  • Pick 11 in AFL Womens Draft 2014
  • St Kilda Sharks Best & Fairest 2014
  • Darebin Team of 25 Years 2015
  • League Leading Goal Kicker 2006, 07, 08, 12, 14, 15 & 16 
  • Collingwood Marquee Signing 2016

A powerhouse of Womens Football since the age of 16 when she first pulled on the jumper for Victoria in a Senior Representative game, which culminated in All Australian selection, there is so much that Moana has achieved in her football career to date.

Representing the Darebin, St Kilda Sharks, and Melbourne University Football Clubs at local level, Moana has also pulled on the Big V on numerous occasions, Australian jumper, and Western Bulldogs colours in the AFL Exhibition Games.

A dynamic forward, Moana has patrolled the forward fifty for over 10 years and has regularly amassed large hauls of goals throughout the seasons. This includes 74 goals in 2006, 67 goals in 2007, 71 goals in 2008, 40 goals in 2012, 87 goals in 2014, and 68 goals in 2015. Currently Moana looks set to crack the 100 goal mark in 2016.

With footy in her blood, a passion she shared with her late father, Gary, Moana has always loved playing AFL. However this didn't always continue to be the case during her early twenties when she took a few years break from the game before rediscovering the love in 2014 after seeing the changing landscape of Womens Football in Australia.

With Womens Football participation at an all time high since the announcement and inaugural AFLW season, Moana took her goal kicking prowess from suburban grounds to the big stage, representing the biggest sporting club in Australia, Collingwood. 

Since the AFL Womens Exhibition Game in September 2016 where Moana starred for the Western Bulldogs in there win against Melbourne, kicking 6 goals, the interest in Moana and her journey has been amazing. Especially as this game featured less than a week after the episode of Australian Story which focused on the lives Moana and Susan Alberti, which many football and non football followers were drawn too. This has resulted in Moana speaking at quite a number of functions, plus signing sponsorship agreements with companys such as NIKE, Gameday Mouthguard's, Special K, Melbourne City Mission, and the Herald Sun. In addition to this, Moana released her own biography 'My Way' on Mothers Day, plus she has been the face of various campaigns including Harness Racing Victoria, and the recent Star Wars movie. Whilst her life has changed, and people now stop her in the street to have a chat and wish her luck, her love for her family and football will always continue to be most important to her.

An Operations Manager for a Traffic Control Company, it is common for Moana's day to start at 4am in order for her to fit in her training, playing, work, and family commitments which she is devoted too.