Daisy has started to pave the way within the media industry becoming the first female commentator to be in expert commentary within the men’s AFL space. At the completion of the inaugural AFLW season Daisy was awarded the Melbourne Football Club’s inaugural Best and Fairest she was named as the inaugural Virgin Australia All Australian Captain.
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Daisy Pearce's Biography
Hailing from country Victoria, Daisy Pearce is a pioneer of Women’s Football in Australia. One of the AFLW’s premier stars she has been at the avant-garde of the fast-expanding women’s game since it’s conception on the national stage in 2016.
With the AFLW only in its infancy, Daisy already boasts an astounding resume. Captain of Melbourne’s first two seasons (2017 & 2018) she won both Best & Fairest in those years, whilst also being named a 2x All-Australian representative. Along with this Daisy also has had an esteemed career in the VWFL/VFLW. Her resume extends off the field where she is also a practicing mid-wife.
In May 2013, Pearce was the number one draft pick chosen by the Melbourne Football Club in the first ever women’s AFL draft. Pearce was one of fifty women to make history in June when the club’s women’s team took on the Western Bulldogs women’s team at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which was played as a curtain raiser to the men’s match between the two same clubs.
Daisy Pearce was the inaugural winner of the Melbourne Football Club’s best female player award at the end of the 2014 season, polling five out of a possible six votes.
In July 2016, Pearce was announced as one of Melbourne’s two marquee players to play in the inaugural AFL Women’s season. She was announced as the club’s first AFLW captain in January 2017.
Daisy Pearce made her AFLW debut in the opening round of the 2017 AFL Women’s season against Brisbane at Casey Fields. She was listed among her team’s best players, recording nineteen disposals in addition to a game-high ten tackles in the match. Pearce was again named in Melbourne’s best in wins against Collingwood, the Western Bulldogs and Carlton in rounds two, three and four.
Daisy Pearce was highlighted as “Player of the Week” by the AFL Players Association for her round 4 performance in the 2017 AFL Women’s season. After four rounds, Pearce was the highest ranked player according to Champion Data, leading the competition for total disposals and total handballs, and leading in average per game in contested possessions and goal assists. At the end of the season, Pearce was nominated by her teammates for the AFL Players’ Most Valuable Player Award, was named captain of the 2017 All-Australian team, and won the AFLW Players’ Best Captain Award.
Melbourne signed Pearce for the 2018 season during the trade period in May 2017. She then captained Victoria in the inaugural State of Origin match on 2 September, where she was adjudged best afield with 37 disposals in the 97-point win.
In the media, Pearce has been a rotating panel member on the Seven Network program AFL Game Day since 2016, and also provides special comments for Seven and Triple M, covering both AFL and AFLW matches.
In February 2017, the Melbourne Football club unveiled their new mascot for the women’s team, named “Daisy” in her honour.
On 7 March 2017, Daisy Pearce became the first woman to be elected as a director on the board of the AFL Players Association (AFLPA). At the same meeting, the AFLPA decided to include AFLW players as full members of the association.
Daisy sat out the 2019 AFLW’s season delivering twins in February 2019, however her time however was not spent in idle. She further established herself as an expert analyst for the Seven Network and on radio for SEN, in addition to this she also continued her work at Melbourne, taking on an off-field role mentoring the club’s first-year players.
Daisy is a humble, bubbly and caring character. With her passion for the game still strong, she is already back in training in preparation for the 2020 season.
Daisy’s keynote presentations are insightful and inspirational. She often receives standing ovations.
Speaking Topics Include
Women in sport and women in business
Women in sports media
Daisy’s AFLW success
Leading a team
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