The Gold Coast SUNS will blood its fifth AFLW debutant of Season Seven with versatile defender Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster set to be named for this weekend’s Round 4 fixture against St Kilda.
The 24-year-old, who joined the club as a mature-age recruit in the off-season, is the latest SUN to earn an AFLW shot following debuts from housemate Georgia Clayden and teenagers Jasmyn Smith, Claire Ransom and Giselle Davies.
Biedenweg-Webster plied her trade for Williamstown in the VFLW, impressing as an athletic rebound defender and earning selection in an extended 30-player VFLW Team of the Year squad earlier this month.
A proud Wiradjuri woman, she will have the opportunity to run out for her first AFLW game in the SUNS Indigenous guernsey on Saturday at Mackay’s Great Barrier Reef Arena.
“It’s been a dream of mine to play in the AFLW and to have the opportunity to make my debut this week is amazing. To do it in Indigenous Round makes it just that little bit more special too,” Biedenweg-Webster said.
“Since joining the club, the support from the coaches has been incredible and the playing group have been so welcoming, so I’m really looking forward to running out alongside and playing with them this Saturday in Mackay.”
Head Coach Cameron Joyce says he’s looking forward to see another AFLW debutant run out for the SUNS this weekend.
“We’re excited to see Gabby play. She provides lots of run and carry, takes the game on and has performed well in a couple of reserves games so she’s thoroughly earned this opportunity,” Joyce said.
“We’ve had a number of players earn that opportunity to make their AFLW debut so far this season, which is a testament to the work done by everyone here at the club, particularly the players and their individual line coaches, to best prepare them for that opportunity.”
The SUNS final team to face the Saints will be named on Friday evening.