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Ebony Marinoff (born 15 November 1997) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Adelaide Football Club in the AFL Women's (AFLW). Marinoff was named the inaugural AFL Women's Rising Star winner in 2017, and is a dual AFL Women's premiership player and dual AFL Women's All-Australian. She also won a premiership with Darebin in the VFL Women's (VFLW) in 2017 and represented The Allies in the inaugural AFL Women's State of Origin match later that year.

Ebony Marinoff
Ebony Marinoff 2018.jpg
Marinoff playing for Adelaide in 2018
Personal information
Full name Ebony Marinoff
Nickname(s) Noffy
Date of birth (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 21)
Original team(s) Morphetville Park (SAWFL)
Draft No. 7, 2016 national draft
Debut Round 1, 2017, Adelaide
vs. Greater Western Sydney, at Thebarton Oval
Height 169 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Adelaide
Number 10
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2017– Adelaide 24 (3)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2017 The Allies 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2019 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2017.
Career highlights

Early lifeEdit

Marinoff first played competitive football at the age of five in the boys team at Lockleys Football Club in the Adelaide suburb of Lockleys.[1] She remained at the club through to the age of twelve.[1] She later moved on to play with an all-girls team at Morphetville Park. In 2014, at sixteen years of age, she played in her first premiership with the senior side at Morphettville Park, and played in two more premierships in 2015 and 2016.[2][1] Marinoff represented South Australia in under-16, under-18 and open age teams. In 2015, she was named in the youth girls All-Australian team.[1]

Marinoff played for South Australia in the 2016 women's exhibition series. She was named best-on-ground for a 37-disposal performance in a South Australia intra-club match at Adelaide Oval in April[3][4] and kicked the match-winning goal in the late stages of the final quarter against NSW/ACT at Adelaide Oval in June.[5][6] In September, she played for Melbourne in the women's all-star exhibition match at VU Whitten Oval.[1][7]

AFL Women's careerEdit

2017: Inaugural Rising Star and premiershipEdit

Marinoff playing for Adelaide in 2017

Marinoff was drafted by Adelaide with the club's first selection and seventh overall in the 2016 AFL Women's draft.[8] Marinoff made her debut in the club's inaugural match in round 1, 2017 against Greater Western Sydney at Thebarton Oval, where she gathered a game-high twenty disposals and six tackles in the 36-point win.[9] Her performance earned her a nomination for the 2017 AFL Women's Rising Star award.[10]

Marinoff was a member of the Adelaide team that won the inaugural AFL Women's premiership in 2017, defeating Brisbane by six points at Metricon Stadium. A few days later, Marinoff was named in the 2017 AFL Women's All-Australian team and announced as the 2017 AFL Women's Rising Star.[11] She also led the competition in tackles (76) and average tackles per game (9.5) in its inaugural season.

Adelaide signed Marinoff for the 2018 season during the trade period in May 2017.[12] Following the AFL Women's season, Marinoff played for Darebin in the VFL Women's (VFLW), also winning a premiership.[13] She later played for The Allies in the inaugural AFL Women's State of Origin match on 2 September, where she was named among the Allies' best players with 13 disposals and five tackles.[14]

2018: National tackles recordEdit

After an impressive start to the 2018 season, in round 4, Marinoff set a new record for tackles with 21 in her side's draw against Greater Western Sydney in heavy rain at Blacktown ISP Oval,[15] breaking the record of 16 set by Carlton midfielder Sarah Hosking two weeks earlier.[16] The effort also bested the existing men's league record of 19, thus setting the national senior-level record across men's and women's competitions for tackles.[17] Marinoff later said regarding her physicality and tackling pressure:

Marinoff was selected in's Team of the Week in rounds 3,[19] 4,[20] 5[21] and 7,[22] and finished equal-fifth in the 2018 AFL Women's best and fairest count with six votes. She was also named in the initial 2018 AFL Women's All-Australian 40-woman squad.[23] Marinoff again finished the season leading the competition in tackles (82) and average tackles per game (11.7); both statistics were better than her previous season and in less games (Marinoff played eight of eight possible games in 2017 and seven of seven possible games in 2018).

Adelaide signed Marinoff for the 2019 season prior to the trading and signing period in May 2018 after she chose not to accept an offer from one of the two expansion clubs.[24]

2019: Career-best season and second premiershipEdit

Marinoff recorded a league-record 33 disposals in Adelaide's win against Geelong at Norwood Oval in round 3 of the 2019 season, breaking the record of 30 set by Emma Kearney in round 6 of the 2017 season,[25] and was selected in's Team of the Week in rounds 1,[26] 3[27] and 6.[28] Marinoff credited teammates Renee Forth and Anne Hatchard with helping her find form in an expanded midfield role and add greater versatility to her game:

Marinoff went on to play in Adelaide's second premiership, when they defeated Carlton by 45 points in front of a record AFL Women's crowd at Adelaide Oval, and was named among their best players.[30] She was also named in the 2019 AFL Women's All-Australian team, her second All-Australian selection,[31] and finished equal-fourth in the 2019 AFL Women's best and fairest count with seven votes. Marinoff finished the season leading the competition in kicks (130), disposals (205) and average disposals per game (22.8), along with finishing second in handballs (75), average handballs per game (8.3), tackles (74) and average tackles per game (8.2), in a career-best season. She also kicked her first AFL Women's goal in round 7[32] and followed up with two in the preliminary final,[33] and finished the season as one of only three players (along with teammates Deni Varnhagen and Stevie-Lee Thompson) to have played the most AFL Women's matches to that point with 24.

Adelaide signed Marinoff for the 2020 season during the trade and signing period in April 2019.[34]


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2019 season.[35]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league after finals only
Led the league for the home-and-away season and after finals
Played in that season's premiership team
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T Votes
Totals Averages (per game)
2017 Adelaide 10 8 0 2 96 31 127 19 76 0.0 0.3 12.0 3.9 15.9 2.4 9.5 2
2018 Adelaide 10 7 0 2 81 28 109 14 82 0.0 0.3 11.6 4.0 15.6 2.0 11.7 6
2019 Adelaide 10 9 3 2 130 75 205 15 74 0.3 0.2 14.4 8.3 22.8 1.7 8.2 7
Career 24 3 6 307 134 441 48 232 0.1 0.3 12.8 5.6 18.4 2.0 9.7 15

Honours and achievementsEdit


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  2. ^ "Premiership Teams". SAWFL. SportsTG. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
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  4. ^ McWilliams, Phoebe (2 April 2016). "SA Blue win women's game". AFL Media. Bigpond. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  5. ^ "It's okay Eddie, I've got this!". Adelaide FC. Bigpond. 7 June 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
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  10. ^ Gaskin, Lee; Navaratnam, Dinny (7 February 2017). "Tenacious Crow and speedy Dog named AFLW Rising Stars". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
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  12. ^ "AFLW: All the clubs' full lists after trade period". 26 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  13. ^ Cowan, Geordie (25 June 2017). "Darebin Falcons score crushing VFL Women's victory over Box Hill". Northcote Leader. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  14. ^ Black, Sarah (2 September 2017). "AFLW: Daisy stands tall as Big V dominates". Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  15. ^ Edsail, Rudy (25 February 2018). "Ebony Marinoff Broke The Record For Tackles In A Game Today - In Men's Or Women's Footy". Triple M. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  16. ^ Stuart, Riley (9 February 2018). "AFLW: Blues topple Giants after storm delay". Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  17. ^ Beveridge, Riley (25 February 2018). "AFLW: Round 4, GWS Giants v Adelaide Crows". Fox Sports. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  18. ^ Saultry, Meg (28 February 2018). "AFLW tackling machine in disbelief at record". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  19. ^ Buxton, Aaron (19 February 2018). "AFLW Team of the Week: Superstar Crow returns". Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  20. ^ Navaratnam, Dinny (27 February 2018). "AFLW Team of the Week: Six Dogs make it". Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  21. ^ Black, Sarah; Saultry, Meg (6 March 2018). "AFLW: Dees own midfield in team of the week". Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  22. ^ Saultry, Meg (20 March 2018). "AFLW: Six of the best for the Magpies". Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  23. ^ "AFLW: Pies and Dees dominate AA squad". 21 March 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
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  25. ^ Gaskin, Lee (17 February 2019). "Match report: Red-hot Crows crush Cats". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  26. ^ Black, Sarah (5 February 2019). "AFLW Team of the Week: Lions, Roos dominate". Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  27. ^ Black, Sarah (19 February 2019). "AFLW Team of the Week: Debutant in as Roos dominate". Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  28. ^ Black, Sarah (12 March 2019). "Team of the Week: Every club represented, Roo misses out". Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  29. ^ Gaskin, Lee (21 February 2019). "Crows midfield star credits teammates for strong form". Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  30. ^ Gaskin, Lee (31 March 2019). "Crows soar to flag in front of record crowd, but injury hits superstar". Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  31. ^ Navaratnam, Dinny (2 April 2019). "Five Crows, four Roos headline All Australian team". Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  32. ^ Matthews, Bruce (16 March 2019). "Match report: Ruthless Crows demolish Dees to stroll into finals". Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  33. ^ Black, Sarah (24 March 2019). "Match report: Classy Crows crush Cats to cruise into Grand Final". Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  34. ^ "AFLW: Tigers trade No.1 pick to poach another star Bulldog". 24 April 2019. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
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