Hodder commits as Lions retain AFLW championship core

Traditionally pillaged of AFLW talent, premiers Brisbane are celebrating remarkable roster stability after retaining almost all of their grand final side for next season's title defence.

Livewire forward Courtney Hodder (2027) and fellow dual premiership player Taylor Smith (2026) have extended their deals, alongside first-year talent Charlie Mullins (2026).

It means out of the grand final side that beat North Melbourne only the retired Phoebe Monahan and Mikayla Pauga (traded to the Giants) won't line up for the Lions in 2024.

Brisbane have defied constant player departures to expansion clubs, winning two flags in five grand final appearances from a possible seven.

“To have three girls win a grand final, turn around and say they want to continue their footballing journey with us is a credit to our group as a whole,” two-time premiership coach Craig Starcevich said.

“Courtney, Tay and Charlie all played a key role for us this season across multiple lines, and we feel that they are only going to continue to develop.

“So 2024 and beyond will be an exciting time for our AFLW group and the club as a whole.”

Mark-of-the-year winner Hodder understandably drew interest from rival clubs, but said the connection she felt at Brisbane was priceless.

“It is an exciting time at the club, and I love this group of girls, they really feel like a second family to me," she said.

“We were able to achieve something amazing this year, so to be able to look forward to coming back and trying to do it all again for the next few seasons is an incredible feeling.”

The Lions have also added West Coast duo Shanae Davison and Eleanor Hartill, ahead of Monday's AFLW draft.

License this article

What is AAPNews?

For the first time, Australian Associated Press is delivering news straight to the consumer.

No ads. No spin. News straight-up.

Not only do you get to enjoy high-quality news delivered straight to your desktop or device, you do so in the knowledge you are supporting media diversity in Australia.

AAP Is Australia’s only independent newswire service, free from political and commercial influence, producing fact-based public interest journalism across a range of topics including politics, courts, sport, finance and entertainment.

What is AAPNews?
The Morning Wire

Wake up to AAPNews’ morning news bulletin delivered straight to your inbox or mobile device, bringing you up to speed with all that has happened overnight at home and abroad, as well as setting you up what the day has in store.

AAPNews Morning Wire
AAPNews Breaking News
Breaking News

Be the first to know when major breaking news happens.

Notifications will be sent to your device whenever a big story breaks, ensuring you are never in the dark when the talking points happen.

Focused Content

Enjoy the best of AAP’s specialised Topics in Focus. AAP has reporters dedicated to bringing you hard news and feature content across a range of specialised topics including Environment, Agriculture, Future Economies, Arts and Refugee Issues.

AAPNews Focussed Content
Subscription Plans

Choose the plan that best fits your needs. AAPNews offers two basic subscriptions, all billed monthly.

Once you sign up, you will have seven days to test out the service before being billed.

AAPNews Full Access Plan
Full Access
  • Enjoy all that AAPNews has to offer
  • Access to breaking news notifications and bulletins
  • Includes access to all AAPNews’ specialised topics
Join Now
AAPNews Student Access Plan
Student Access
  • Gain access via a verified student email account
  • Enjoy all the benefits of the ‘Full Access’ plan at a reduced rate
  • Subscription renews each month
Join Now
AAPNews Annual Access Plan
Annual Access
  • All the benefits of the 'Full Access' subscription at a discounted rate
  • Subscription automatically renews after 12 months
Join Now

AAPNews also offers enterprise deals for businesses so you can provide an AAPNews account for your team, organisation or customers. Click here to contact AAP to sign-up your business today.

Download the app
Download AAPNews on the App StoreDownload AAPNews on the Google Play Store