Pearce was named in Melbourne's best in wins against Collingwood, the Western Bulldogs and Carlton over the next three rounds, and was highlighted as "Player of the Week" by the AFL Players Association for her round 4 performance. In 2019 and 2020, Foxtel will broadcast every AFLW game live, including all finals matches live nationally throughout the four-year partnership. [79], Pearce is widely regarded as the face of women's Australian rules football and one of its first ambassadors. Daisy Pearce (born 27 May 1988) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the AFL Women's (AFLW). The home of the NAB AFL Women's. [34] Her best game came in the round 5 match, in which she had 24 disposals and kicked two goals. Goddard, who led Adelaide to the inaugural AFLW premiership and is currently an assistant coach with WNBL club UC Capitals, said she was looking forward to sitting in a different box on gameday. Netball champion turned Magpies AFLW recruit Sharni Layton has also been announced as a boundary rider, while respected player manager and former Giant Alex Saundry will provide special comments for Fox Footy. Whitten Legends Game. [59][60] Pearce was selected in's Team of the Week in round 2[61] and was among the best afield in Melbourne's semi-final win against Greater Western Sydney with 22 disposals. Her work on Back Page Live and her interview program Breaking Ground earned her two Astra Awards, including the 2015 award for Most Outstanding Female Presenter[5]. [40], Pearce continued to mentor and work with Melbourne players in an unofficial assistant coach role when they returned for pre-season training in November 2018,[41][42] and gave birth to twins in February 2019. [24] After four rounds, Pearce was the highest-ranked player according to Champion Data, leading the competition for disposals and handballs, and leading in average contested possessions and goal assists. Underwood was a host and commentator of ANZ Championship Netball from 2008 until 2016, calling for Network Ten and later Fox Sports. ", "Pearce named the Demons' inaugural captain", "Lions take the points in AFLW wild weather clash", "AFLW Player Stat Leaders after Round 4 matches. Daisy Pearce was born in Bright, Victoria. They have a daughter. "I enjoy seeing men working across and well-informed football commentators talking about [women's football]... why can’t we see men working across the AFL Women’s competition?" In 2018, Pearce began appearing on the SEN morning shows SEN Breakfast (with Garry Lyon and Tim Watson) and Whateley (with Gerard Whateley),[69] and in 2019, she also began hosting This Is Grit, a weekly podcast series on SEN focusing on female sportspeople. [74] The 2019 home-and-away season was eventually left at seven rounds. [1][2][3][4][5][6][7] In 2016, Pearce was named Football Woman of the Year for her work as the AFL's female football ambassador, an AFL talent coordinator and a graduate intern at the Melbourne Football Club. [48] In August, Pearce was announced as an assistant coach to Dermott Brereton for the Victorian team in that year's E.J. Picture: Michael Klein, Michelle Cowan coached Fremantle’s AFLW team in its first two seasons. Kelli Underwood (born 1977) is an Australian radio and television sports journalist and sportscaster specialising in Australian rules football, netball and tennis. It broadcasts some of Australia's most prominent sporting events, such as cricket, AFL, the Olympics and Paralympics, as well as horse racing and motor racing.. Widely regarded as the face of women's Australian rules football and one of its first ambassadors,[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] Pearce has served as Melbourne captain since the competition's inaugural season (except for the 2019 season, which she missed due to pregnancy), having also captained the club in the exhibition games staged prior to the creation of the league. It comes after Seven’s broadcasts of the inaugural AFL Women’s regular season was widely well received for featuring women on and off the field. Bec Goddard, Michelle Cowan, Alex Saundry, Chyloe Kurdas, Kate Sheahan, Ben Dixon, Alastair Lynch, Sarah Jones, Sharni Layton, Kath Loughnan, Sarah Olle, Katelyn Barry, Natalie Yoannidis, Tania Armstrong, Kelli Underwood, Leigh Montagna, Ben Waterworth, Adam Papalia, Sam Hargreaves. [51][52] She also ran a personal best two-kilometre time trial time in the lead-up to her return to competitive football. Australian netballer turned Collingwood AFLW footballer Sharni Layton. She spearheaded the coverage of the inaugural AFLW season for Fox Sports, calls AFL … Get the ultimate AFL experience on your phone with the FOX FOOTY App. The first game of the season will see new club Geelong hosting Collingwood at GMHBA Stadium this Saturday night from 6.30pm (AEDT). Wayne Carey received the most votes of the Channel 7 commentators, finishing on 76. In a first for any TV network, Adelaide premiership coach Bec Goddard and ex-Dockers coach Michelle Cowan will each provide their expert analysis for multiple games over the coming months. Pearce once again played all seven games for the season, as Melbourne again finished third on the ladder and missed out on the grand final by percentage. [citation needed], Her partner Georgia Spokes is a senior editor at ABC News. Abbey Holmes (born 7 January 1991) is an Australian rules footballer who played for the Adelaide Football Club in the Pearce began playing Auskick at the age of five before going on to play with boys in junior football. [75], Pearce was among several high-profile AFLW players to speak out during the 2020–2022 collective bargaining agreement negotiations in 2019, with Pearce supporting the AFL Players Association (AFLPA) and its efforts to grow the competition,[76][77] saying that broader talks between the AFLPA and AFLW players would result in an agreement that would satisfy all players. She was a boundary rider for Seven's coverage of the AFL Grand Final in 2018 and 2019. [20], In July 2016, Pearce was announced as one of Melbourne's two marquee players to play in the inaugural AFL Women's season, alongside Melissa Hickey. She was named in the Victoria under-19 All-Australian team and applauded for her efforts during the week-long carnival, winning the award for joint-player of the tournament. Our Stories, The Next Gen, Women of AFLW, The People [36] Melbourne signed Pearce for the 2019 season during the trade and signing period in May 2018;[37] however, on 31 August, Pearce announced her pregnancy with twins via Instagram, meaning that she would miss the 2019 season. Underwood is currently host of ABC's Offsiders and a regular panelist on the Fox Sports program Back Page Live. [38] Her place on Melbourne's list was filled by Casey Sherriff, who played for Melbourne's VFL Women's affiliate Casey,[39] and Elise O'Dea (who succeeded Pearce as Darebin captain in 2017) and Shelley Scott were eventually announced as co-captains in her place. She is notable as being the first woman to call an Australian Football League match on television and radio. She is currently a boundary rider for the Seven Network and 1116 SEN, covering AFL and AFLW matches; she has also appeared on the Seven Network program AFL Game Day as a rotating panel member since 2016 and hosted her own podcast on SEN, This Is Grit, in 2019. Fox Footy will show every game of every round of the third AFLW season live, as well as the grand final with no ad-breaks siren to siren. [22] Pearce made her AFL Women's debut in the club's inaugural match in round 1, 2017 against Brisbane at Casey Fields. Kelli Underwood is a pioneer in AFL commentary and she is encouraging more women to follow her example and establish a career calling sport on radio and TV. She is notable as being the first woman to call an Australian Football League match on television[1] and radio. Underwood is part of the ABC Radio Grandstand team, calling AFL games and tennis. Download it NOW for FREE on iOS and Android! [49][50], In January 2020, Pearce was reinstated as Melbourne captain, with Melbourne coach Mick Stinear saying, "With her knowledge of our game plan, and her ability to instruct, support and give feedback on and off the field, she's just the ideal person to lead this group". She also represented Victoria three times at both senior and under-19 level, and was selected by Melbourne with the first selection in the inaugural national women's draft in 2013 prior to the first exhibition game. 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Underwood commentated for matches for Network Ten throughout 2009–10, both in the commentary box and at ground level through until the end of 2011. After becoming a household name in the football world, Pearce also became an established media performer in both television and radio. [10] Her father Daryl was a coach at the Bright Football Club, which allowed her to begin training with the under-13 team from the age of eight. [11] Pearce began working as a midwife at Box Hill Hospital upon moving to Melbourne. [17] Pearce led the team to a premiership with a 47-point win against South Australia. [13][14] In June 2007, at the age of 19, Pearce was one of two VWFL representatives, alongside St Albans Spurs midfielder Shannon McFerran, who played in the annual E. J. Whitten Legends Game; Pearce played for Victoria while McFerran played for the All Stars, who won by 15 points. 5 on her list of the top 30 players in the AFLW. [27] Melbourne signed Pearce for the 2018 season during the trade period in May 2017. Seven’s AFL team returns in 2020 with an even more star-studded commentary line-up after snaring recently retired superstars Luke Hodge and Jobe Watson in the off-season’s biggest recruiting coup, and welcoming back AFLW icon Daisy Pearce following a year away from the game. In her three completed AFLW seasons to date, Pearce has been voted AFLW Players' best captain three times, and is a dual AFL Women's All-Australian (as captain in the 2017 team and vice-captain in the 2018 team) and dual Melbourne best and fairest winner. [70] She previously provided special comments for Triple M in 2017[71] and has written columns for The Age. She currently hosts The Sunday Session on Sundays from midday on ABC Radio around the country[2][3].