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Elise O'Dea (born 4 September 1991) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the AFL Women's (AFLW). She will serve as Melbourne co-captain from the 2019 season.

Elise O'Dea
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O'Dea with Melbourne in March 2018
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-09-04) 4 September 1991 (age 27)
Original team(s) Darebin Falcons (VWFL)
Draft No. 8, 2016 AFL Women's draft
Debut Round 1, 2017, Melbourne
vs. Brisbane, at Casey Fields
Height 172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Melbourne
Number 5
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2017– Melbourne 21 (6)
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

O'Dea was born in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to a family of Melbourne Football Club supporters and started playing football at fourteen years of age when she joined the Belconnen Magpies Football Club women's team.[1][2] She made her senior debut in round one of the 2006 season against Ainslie in the AFL Canberra Women's competition. She was selected as part of the ACT representative teams in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2011. O'Dea was also named part of the 2011 All-Australian women's team, and won both her club and league's best and fairest awards in 2012.[1][2]

Football careerEdit

O'Dea kicking the ball during the round 6, 2017 match against Adelaide.

O'Dea moved to Victoria in 2013 to join the Darebin Falcons.[3] Wearing number 30 and playing on the wing and half forward flank,[1] was named as part of the Victorian state teams in 2013 and 2014, and was selected to play for both the Melbourne Football Club and Western Bulldogs as part of a series of women's exhibition games.

AFL Women'sEdit

In 2016, O'Dea became the first player drafted by the Melbourne Football Club in the first AFLW draft and wore the number five guernsey in her debut season.[3][4] Prior to the start of the season, she was announced as one of two vice-captains for Melbourne, alongside Melissa Hickey.[5] She made her debut during round 1 of the 2017 season against Brisbane at Casey Fields. In the round four match against Carlton, she collected twenty-seven disposals.[6]

At the end of the 2017 season, O'Dea was nominated by her teammates for the AFL Players' Most Valuable Player Award.[7] She was also listed in the 2017 All-Australian team.[8]

Melbourne signed O'Dea for the 2018 season during the trade period in May 2017.[9]

In December 2018, O'Dea and Shelley Scott were announced as Melbourne co-captains.[10]


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2017 season.[11]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2017 Melbourne 5 7 1 1 82 53 135 20 32 0.1 0.1 11.7 7.6 19.3 2.9 4.6
Career 7 1 1 82 53 135 20 32 0.1 0.1 11.7 7.6 19.3 2.9 4.6

Personal lifeEdit

Outside football, O'Dea works as an accountant.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "#27 Elise O'Dea - Victorian Women's Football League". Fox Sports Pulse. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b O'Brien, Anthony (1 March 2016). "ELISE O'DEA KICKING GOALS - AFL Canberra - SportsTG". SportsTG. AFL Canberra. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b Burgan, Matt (12 October 2016). "Elise seizes the day". Bigpond. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  4. ^ Burgan, Matt (12 October 2016). "No.8: Elise O'Dea". Bigpond. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  5. ^ Wood, Lauren (14 January 2017). "Melbourne AFLW star Daisy Pearce named the Demons' inaugural captain". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  6. ^ Cavanagh, Chris (25 February 2017). "Melbourne keep AFLW premiership hopes alive with thrilling six-point win over Carlton". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  7. ^ "AFLW MVP Nominations Revealed". AFL Players Association. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  8. ^ Navaratnam, Dinny (28 March 2017). "Lions, Crows dominate AFLW All Australian team -". BigPond. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  9. ^ "AFLW: All the clubs' full lists after trade period -". Telstra Media. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  10. ^ Matthews, Bruce (19 December 2018). "AFLW: Dees announce co-captains to replace Daisy". Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Elise O'Dea—player stats by season". Australian Football. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  12. ^ Pearce, Daisy (1 March 2017). "Being an AFLW marquee player is a double-edged sword". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2 March 2017.

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