Zimmi Farquharson signs a contract with the Brisbane Lions last week (Photo: Concordia Lutheran College)

October 12, 2020

Up-and-coming AFL star Zimmorlei Farquharson, 18, has been drafted by the Brisbane Lions.

Farquharson, from Concordia Lutheran College in Toowoomba, was one of Brisbane’s three allocated picks on AFLW Draft day last week, run virtually for the first time.

She played for the Dalby Swans before turning out for the South Burnett Saints in 2018.

She also kicked two goals for the Saints in Round 6 of this year’s shortened Darling Downs competition.

Lions Senior Coach Craig Starcevich said it had been a strong draft year.

Farquharson was the eighth pick in the full draft.

She’s also a member of the Yeronga club, playing half forward and on the wing.

The 172cm tall player has been praised for her aerial ability, athleticism and defensive pressure.

Farquharson’s been a member of the Brisbane Lions Academy for four seasons and joined the AFLW National Academy two years ago.

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Saints’ players picked up two major awards at the end of the Darling Downs competition.

Nathan Trace was named the Holman Medal winner – the second time he has won this prestigious award from accumulated “best on ground” votes after each round.

In the women’s competition, Bree Pogany was awarded the Heather Green Medal.

At the South Burnett Saints club awards at the weekend, Jimmy Flavel was awarded the Gary Ruoso Memorial Development Award.

Tristan Evert was named the Saints best and fairest winner at the Saints’ awards night at the weekend; Kiara Wright and Laura Blackmore shared the women’s award


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