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Tiahna Cochrane

Career : AFLW 2018 -
Debut and Only Game: Round 6 2018 vs Melbourne
Games : 1
Goals : 0
Guernsey 15
Height : 165 cm
Weight : TBA
DOB : 9th July, 1998.



Tiahna Cochrane was recruited by the Blues with pick No.5 in the 2017 AFL Women’s rookie draft. Cochrane has Carlton in her blood, her great-uncle is Blues Team of the Century member Trevor Keogh. Touted as a great athlete, the Castlemaine local has a real passion and drive for the game. Women’s senior coach Damien Keeping said Cochrane was an outstanding person both on and off the field. “Tiahna is such a vibrant and resilient person. I know she’ll give her all every time she pulls on the navy blue jumper,” he said. “She goes very hard at the ball, she’s a great competitor and is very clever around stoppages." Cochrane was recruited from Bendigo Thunder.


Love, loss and family is driving Castlemaine’s next big thing, Tiahna Cochrane.
THERE’S a draft prospect from Castlemaine who is a ball winner and hard at it. Quiet off the field, but powerful on it, the player can also switch forward and snag crucial goals. Her name is Tiahna Cochrane, and just a month after fellow Castlemaine export Dustin Martin etched his name into AFL folklore, the 19-year-old hopes to create history of her own by joining an AFLW club. She is being driven by love. For the game and her family, after losing her mum Darlene to cancer in August last year. “I have had a tough past few years,” Cochrane, who also studied Year 12 last year, said. “It was very draining, emotionally and physically. We’d spend a lot of time at the hospital. “I don’t think many people understand what you go through. God knows what mum would have gone through. She was very stubborn. She didn’t complain. “She came to all of my games. I’m doing this for her.”
The loss of Darlene only enhanced Cochrane’s relationship with her four siblings; twin brother Jordan, 18-year-old brother Tyson, 14-year-old sister Ella and nine-year-old sister Hannah. Cochrane needed a break this year and instead of taking up a place in an exercise science course in Geelong she started working full-time for her grandmother Margaret’s real estate agency. She’s all about family and football runs deep. Her great uncle is Carlton Team of the Century member Trevor Keogh while her uncle Rod Keogh played for St Kilda and Melbourne. “It’s pretty special,” Cochrane said of the family connection. “It’s always something that gets brought up in conversation. I feel that link (to the Blues). “Trevor would be so proud and so happy if I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to play. He said he would come to every game if I made it.” This season Cochrane won a premiership with Bendigo Thunder, shared the club’s best-and-fairest award and was also named the Northern Football League women’s coaches player of the year. She was invited to this week’s AFLW draft combine testing and Thunder coach Cherie O’Neill said Cochrane was ready to take her game to the next level. “She’s an in and under player. She tackles hard, she’s got really good defensive pressure. She’s always there,” O’Neill said. “Her consistency is what makes her shine. I think she will go far. It’s something she’s ready for.” But don’t expect any Dusty-like don’t argues. “I hadn’t really followed him in the past, but this year especially, considering he’s from Castlemaine too, it is pretty special, being from the same town,” she said. - Herald-Sun Eliza Sewell.

Tiahna Cochrane (Bendigo, VIC)
Position: Midfielder - Bendigo has long been a leader in second-tier Victorian women’s footy, and it’s because of young stars like Tiahna Cochrane coming through like that the club consistently holds its place. The club may not have won the Northern Football League Division 1 Grand Final had it not been for Cochrane’s consistent performances throughout the season, particularly in high profile matches against the division’s top clubs. The 19-year-old inside midfielder demonstrated her ball-winning abilities and remarkable work rate without the football, earning her the title of the NFLW Coaches Player of the Year. After winning Bendigo’s best and fairest, Cochrane is being heralded as the NFL’s top star of the future, and a possible AFLW dominant ball winner. Draft notes: Few players from outside of the top state leagues will get much of a look in, but Tiahna Cochrane looks promising. There aren’t a heap of inside midfielders in this draft class, so Cochrane might even find herself being selected rather early on in the piece. It will be interesting to see how she performs against players of a higher quality. - - By Matt Marsden; Girls Play Footy.

Dream come true for Cochrane
It will be a special occasion this Sunday when young Blue Tiahna Cochrane makes her debut for Carlton at Ikon Park. As the great-niece of Blues Team of the Century Trevor Keogh, Carlton means the world to the outside midfielder, who said it was a “dream come true” when she was drafted to the Club. Initially recruited as a rookie in the 2017 rookie draft, the Castlemaine local has been upgraded to the primary list for injured skipper Bri Davey. Cochrane is one of four changes to the Blues line-up this week, with defender Laura Attard and midfielders Madeline Keryk and Jess Hosking returning to the side. Meanwhile Lauren Brazzale (injured) and Lauren Arnell (concussion) will miss the Round 6 clash, as well as Courtney Webb and Reni Hicks who have been rested. This weekend’s match against the Dees marks the first AFLW Carlton Respects game – raising awareness for gender equality for the prevention of violence against women. Along with navy blue (of course!), fans are urged to wear orange to the ground to recognise the cause. - Danielle Balales, Carlton Media.

At the end of the 2018 AFLW season the Blues delisted Tiahna from their primary playing list.












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