Chloe Dalton

Career : AFLW 2019 -
Debut : Round 1 2019 vs Nth Melbourne
Carlton Player No. 42
Games : 16 *
Goals : 3 *
Guernsey 15
Height : 176 cm
Weight : TBA
DOB : July 11, 1993

Dalton has made an impressive start to her football career since crossing codes from women’s rugby sevens earlier this year. The Rio Olympic Gold medallist was named deputy vice-captain of Carlton’s inaugural VFLW side this season and played 11 games in her debut year. Accepting the VFLW Blue Bloods award for her dedication to upholding the Club’s values consistently throughout the season, Dalton was signed as an AFLW rookie in August. Draft history: 2018 rookie signing

Dalton daring to dream
Carlton's Chloe Dalton has turned into a fully fledged footy convert. Born into a rugby union family in Sydney, Dalton brought a sudden end to her promising rugby sevens career – a stint that included winning a gold medal with Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics – barely 18 months ago to chase a footy pipedream. For the 25-year-old, it's proved a case of so far, so good. After an impressive VFLW season for the Blues, Dalton has adapted to the demands of the game quickly. She has played in all of Carlton's AFLW games this season, excelling over the last month to win double-digit disposals in three of her last four matches. "I've been surprised by having to adjust to playing a 360-degree game," Dalton told womens.afl. "That's been the one thing that's got me. Rugby is obviously very oppositional, because you've got your offside line and things like that. "(In football) I got the ball in the first few games, someone came out of nowhere and I wasn't expecting it. Now, hopefully I've adapted to that. "It's still something I'm working on, but I'm probably a lot better at that now than I was at the beginning. Hopefully I don't look as lost as what I think I did initially." Dalton, an ambassador for Our Watch – a program that raises awareness for domestic violence against women and children – hopes to continue her solid run of form this week when the Blues take part in their annual 'Carlton Respects' match against Brisbane. The Blues will wear orange socks to show their support for the program. It’s a critical fixture, with the winner well on the way to snaring a preliminary final spot. The match will be the last of the round, though the now footy-mad Dalton will be watching as much footy as she can beforehand – something she never considered growing up. "I watched it on TV, but I probably didn't have much of an understanding of it," Dalton said. "Now that I've started playing, I wish I had followed it. I would've loved to have been involved in the game earlier, because I absolutely love being out there with the girls." Dalton made the switch to footy alongside her Australian rugby sevens teammate Brooke Walker, saying the transition was aided by having a mate learning from similar challenges. "We're really good friends, so that was cool to have her there," Dalton said. "We didn't really know what was going on at the beginning. We were both learning at the same pace, so to have someone like that there was nice." - Riley Beveridge for afl.com.au

Chloe choose to go for gold again for the Tokyo Olympic in the women’s rugby sevens and took off the 2021 AFLW season. She then decided to stay in Sydney so she could play both codes and was traded to GWS. Her dreams for going for her second gold medal were dashed when just before the final squad was selected, when she fractured her cheekbone in the Oceania tournament in Townsville, which wasted 18 months of training.

Career Highlights

2019 - 9th Best and Fairest
2020 - 2nd Best and Fairest

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