Hutchins playing for Collingwood in February 2018
|Full name||Meg Hutchins|
|Date of birth||3 February 1982|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Original team(s)||Eastern Devils (VFLW)|
|Draft||Priority signing 2016: Collingwood|
Round 1, 2017, Collingwood|
vs. Carlton, at IKON Park
|Height||174 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2018 season.
Early life and state footballEdit
In her early teens, she reverted to other sports when football was no longer an option due to league rules and a lack of girls' sides. She played hockey and basketball before becoming an elite rower. At the age of 21, she returned to football with VWFL club Eastern Devils, and was their leading goalkicker between 2005 and 2008, before switching to defence and playing as a key defender for eight seasons. She represented Western Bulldogs in four exhibition matches. While playing for them against Western Australia in early June at Etihad Stadium, she tore the lateral meniscus in her right knee, leading to her not playing for the rest of the season.
AFL Women's careerEdit
—Hutchins speaking in 2016 about playing for Collingwood.
In March 2016, Collingwood chief executive officer Gary Pert was approached by Hutchins, who offered the benefit of her experience and acted as an advisor to the Collingwood board, supervising the recruitment and development of players, coaches and staff. Collingwood created a job for her, named Women's Football Operations Manager.
In August 2016, Hutchins joined Collingwood as a priority pick, fulfilling her childhood dream of playing for Collingwood in the AFL. She made her debut in round 1, 2017, in the inaugural AFLW match at IKON Park against Carlton. Following the match, she said that Collingwood were "outworked" by Carlton with them winning the handballs count. She also spoke of the mixed emotions, as on one hand, as a competitor, she was bitterly disappointed with the loss but on the other hand, as a female footballer, she was incredibly proud of what begun.
She was delisted by Collingwood at the end of the 2018 season after the club announced they would not give her a contract for the 2019 season, she subsequently joined Hawthorn's Victorian Football League Women's team. Hutchins announced her retirement as an AFLW player on 12 June 2018, but will continue with Hawthorn in the VFLW.
International rules footballEdit
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2018 season.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
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