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Vaomua Laloifi

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Career : AFLW 2020 - AFLW 2023
Debut : Round 1, 2020 vs Richmond,
Carlton Player No.: 54
Games : 45
Goals : 1
Last Game : AFLW Round 10, 2023 vs St Kilda.
Guernsey No.: 8
Height : 173 cm (5'8")
DOB : 24th July, 1993.


Carlton turned to the x-factor of Vaomua Laloifi with selection No.52 in the 2019 NAB AFL Women’s Draft. Outstanding in the air, Laloifi consistently makes an impact in the one-on-one contest and is just likely to influence with a spoil as she is to intercept mark. One of her main strengths is her ability to turn defence into attack, using her clean hands to win possession and get her team going. Ever since then, Laloifi has been instrumental in defence for the Blues, consistently making an impact in the one-on-one contest while rebounding from the last line. Missing just two games (both through injury) in her four seasons to date, Laloifi has been consistent since day one, becoming a much-loved member of the Carlton playing group by teammates and fans alike.

Carlton defender Mua Laloifi and North Melbourne forward Ellie Gavalas will be reunited as Western Bulldogs teammates as part of a three-club AFLW trade. Ruck Celine Moody has moved in the opposite direction to join twin sister Brea at the Blues, while North Melbourne received pick 25 for Gavalas. Both drafted from the Bulldogs' VFLW program in 2019, Laloifi and Gavalas reunite nearly five years after playing in that year's VFLW grand final defeat. Laloifi was denied a new deal at the Blues, and turned down interest from Sydney to join the Bulldogs. The popular defender's experience will be a welcome asset for the struggling club, which sacked three-year coach Nathan Burke after scraping together just one win in the 10-round season this year. A rebounding defender who can impact one-on-one, the 30-year-old has played 45 games and was awarded Carlton's Most Valuable Player in season seven.

Laloifi was born in Samoa and raised in New Zealand to the age of 16 and is the first Samoan born player in the history of the AFLW.

Recruited from VFLW club Western Bulldogs, she also played with Collingwood's VFLW team and VAFA Team Old Xaverians.


Career Highlights

2020 - 7th Best and Fairest
2022a - 4th Best and Fairest

Article

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/samoa-to-carlton-vaomua-laloifi-takes-the-road-less-travelled-20200110-p53qh2.html


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