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Isabel Huntington (born 25 February 1999) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Western Bulldogs in the AFL Women's (AFLW).

Isabel Huntington
Isabel Huntington 04.02.18.jpg
Huntington playing for the Western Bulldogs in February 2018
Personal information
Nickname(s) Izzy[1]
Date of birth (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 20)
Original team(s) Melbourne Uni (VFL Women's)
Draft No. 1, 2017 AFL Women's draft
Debut Round 1, 2018, Western Bulldogs
vs. Fremantle, at VU Whitten Oval
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current club Western Bulldogs
Number 4
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2018– Western Bulldogs 5 (4)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2019 season.


Early life and junior footballEdit

Huntington was an exceptional junior footballer, impressing particularly at the 2016 AFL Youth Girls National Championships. In one match she kicked five goals (including four in one quarter) and recorded 30 disposals, all in a shortened match of 12-minute quarters.[2]

Huntington endured injury plagued teenage years, suffering a broken leg in 2015 and a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in her knee in 2016 that saw her miss the entirety of the 2017 junior and state-league football season.[3] Despite not being able to play with the side due to the injury she trained in a limited capacity that year with Melbourne University who play in the VFL Women's competition.[2]

Huntington completed high school at St Michael's Grammar School in St Kilda in Melbourne's south, as an active member of Mitre House She was school captain there in her final year in 2017 and graduated with an ATAR of 98.10 that placed her in the top two per cent of students in the country.[2] She has aspirations to study medicine and work as a doctor.[4]

AFL Women's careerEdit

Huntington was drafted by the Western Bulldogs with the first overall selection in the 2017 AFL Women's draft.[3]

She made her debut in a twenty-six point win over Fremantle at VU Whitten Oval in the opening round of the 2018 season.[5] The following round she played a key role in the first half of the Bulldog's win over Brisbane, including one stretch where she took consecutive contested forward-50 marks and kicked back-to-back goals in the space of a minute. Soon after though she was involved in a loose-ball chase that saw her sustain a serious knee injury and sit out the remainder of the match.[6] Scans later confirmed she had sustained a season ending ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.[1]

Huntington suffered a sprain to her reconstructed knee in mid-December, the result of which saw her unlikely to return to football until at least round 5, 2019.[7]


Statistics are correct to the end of round 2, 2018[8]
 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)
2018 Western Bulldogs 9 2 2 0 11 3 14 8 2 1.0 0.0 5.5 1.5 7.0 4.0 1.0
Career 2 2 0 11 3 14 8 2 1.0 0.0 5.5 1.5 7.0 4.0 2.0


  1. ^ a b "Scans confirm Huntington season over". Western Bulldogs. Telstra Media. 12 February 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Olle, Sarah (8 August 2017). "AFLW No. 1 draft prospect who's too good to be true: Isabel Huntington is set to become a household name". Fox Sports. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b Cherney, Daniel (18 October 2017). "2017 AFLW draft: Isabel Huntington goes at pick No.1 to Western Bulldogs". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  4. ^ Sewell, Eliza (16 December 2017). "AFLW No. 1 draft pick Isabel Huntington has her sights set on becoming a doctor". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  5. ^ Salemme, Kate (1 February 2018). "AFLW Round 1 teams named: Stars set for second season". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  6. ^ Whiting, Michael (11 February 2018). "Match report: Dogs stay perfect against Lions". AFL Media. Telstra Media. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  7. ^ Black, Sarah (25 January 2019). "Huntington to miss most of season with knee injury". AFL Media. Telstra Media. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Isabel Huntington–player stats by season". Australian Football. Retrieved 12 February 2018.

Personal lifeEdit

Huntington is a cousin of Carlton AFL player Will Setterfield.[1]

External linksEdit

  1. ^ Sewell, Eliza (12 October 2017). "Isabel Huntington could be snapped up Western Bulldogs or Collingwood in AFLW draft". News Corp Australia. Herald Sun. Retrieved 6 March 2018.