Brennan playing for the Western Bulldogs in February 2018
|Date of birth||2 October 1992|
|Place of birth||Brisbane, QLD|
|Original team(s)||Logan Cobras (JAFC)
Darebin Falcons (VWFL)
|Draft||Marquee player signing 2016: Western Bulldogs
No. 22, 2013 women"s draft
|Debut||Round 1, 2017, Western Bulldogs
vs. Fremantle, at VU Whitten Oval
|Height||174 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Current club||Western Bulldogs|
|2017–||Western Bulldogs||6 (9)|
|Representative team honours|
|2017||The Allies||1 (0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2018 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2017.
Katie Brennan (born 2 October 1992) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Western Bulldogs in the AFL Women"s competition. Brennan was signed as a marquee player for the club ahead of the inaugural AFL Women"s season in 2017. As AFLW marquee players are strongly marketed by the AFL, ESPN referred to Brennan as an Australian "household name."
Junior and state-league career
Born in Queensland to Victorian parents, Brennan began playing football with her father and brothers at the age of four. Her first game of competitive football came when she filled in for her brother"s under eight side at just six years of age. She kicked seven goals on debut and continued to play with the Logan Cobras boys through to the age of fifteen.
From there, Brennan moved to the youth girls league before moving again into the Queensland Women"s League a year later. She played for and captained the Queensland under 18 side between 2007 and 2010.
Brennan was drafted twenty-second overall by the Western Bulldogs in the 2013 women"s draft and played for the club"s representative side in exhibition matches through to 2016. Brennan was the winner of the Susan Alberti Award for the Western Bulldogs"s best female player at the end of the 2015 exhibition season.
She received the VFL Women’s Best and Fairest award and the VFL Women"s leading goal-kicker award for her performances in the 2017 state league season including kicking 20 goals across the last three matches of the season. This despite an ankle injury that limited part of her season.
AFL Women"s career
In July 2016, Brennan signed with the Western Bulldogs as one of their two marquee players ahead of the AFL Women"s inaugural season. In January 2017, she was announced as the inaugural captain of the Bulldogs. However, Brennan was limited in the 2017 season by a preseason ankle injury. After playing the first two matches of the season a quad injury saw Brennan sidelined for the remaining five matches. She finished the season having kicked three goals in her two matches. The Western Bulldogs signed Brennan for the 2018 season during the trade period in May, 2017.
In her round 1 return to AFL Women"s in 2018, Brennan kicked a match-best three goals in a 26 point victory over Fremantle. She would again be haunted by injury however, sustaining ligament damage to her right ankle in round 3. After three weeks on the sidelines she made her return in the Bulldogs" final match of the home and away season in round 7 against Melbourne. She captained the Bulldogs to a win in that match, securing a home-state grand final the week following. Brennan was involved in a dangerous sling tackle in that match, however, pinning the arms of Melbourne"s Harriet Cordner in a tackle that saw Cordner"s head hit the ground in the follow-through. Having already received a reprimand from the league"s match review officer, she was offered a one-week suspension for her action.
- Statistics are correct to the end of round 6, 2018
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Outside of football, Brennan owns and operates her own strength and conditioning business, kb.performance.
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