Tayla Harris Bio
Tayla Harris was born on April 16th, 1997. She is an Australian rules footballer currently playing for the Carlton Football Club in the AFL Women’s (AFLW) and boxer. She previously played for Brisbane in the inaugural AFL Women’s season.
|Tayla Harris Personal information|
|Date of birth||She was born on April 16th, 1997|
|Original team(s)||Zillmere (QAWFL)|
|Draft||Marquee player, 2016: Brisbane|
|Debut||Round 1, 2017, Brisbane vs. Melbourne, at Casey Fields|
|Height||177 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
Tayla Harris Early life and amateur career
Harris grew up in Brisbane’s northern suburbs and began playing competitive football for Aspley at age five. She played in a mixed competition with young girls and boys until 2010.
Harris began playing senior football for Zillmere in the AFL Queensland Women’s League (QAWFL) at the age of fifteen. She won the league best and fairest award in her first season. In 2017, following a move to Melbourne, she began playing in the VFL Women’s competition with the St Kilda Sharks.
While in the youth girls competition, She represented Queensland and is a five times All-Australian.
Harris was drafted to Melbourne representative side as part of the AFL women’s exhibition series at the age of seventeen. She continued to play for the club through 2016. She also played as part of the Brisbane Lions’ representative team in 2016.
Tayla Harris Education
Harris attended primary school at Prince of Peace Lutheran College and high school at Albany Creek State High School.
Tayla Harris AFL Women’s career
In the 2017 season, Harris has announced as one of Brisbane two marquee player signings. She made her league debut in the club’s inaugural match, in round 1st, 2017, against Melbourne at Casey Fields. She was nominated for the league Rising Star award for a two-goal, twelve disposal and seven marks performance against Fremantle in round 2, and also was named “Player of the Week” by the AFL Players Association. At the conclusion of two rounds she was ranked equal fourth in the league for total goals scored (two) and first in the league for contested marks (eight).
Harris was listed in the 2017 All-Australian team at the end of the season,
Prior to the 2017 AFLW trade period, Harris expressed her desire to be traded to a Victorian club. The trade period started on 15 May. Early talks between Brisbane and Carlton faltered; although Carlton offered Bianca Jakobsson in trade, Brisbane wanted an additional player. Melbourne also made an offer for Harris. On May 25th, 2017, Harris was traded to Carlton in a complex trade involving four teams, five players and a draft pick.
She played six matches with her new club in 2018 and kicked five goals, tying Darcy Vescio and sharing the club’s leading goalkicker award with her.
Tayla Harris Online harassment
A picture taken by AFL Media photographer Michael Willson showing Harris kicking for goal during a 2019 match against the Western Bulldogs became the target of Internet trolling after it was posted on social media by Seven Network. Seven Network removed the post in response to the trolling.
Many criticised the harassers, including fellow AFLW players Erin Phillips and Darcy Vescio, Geelong player Patrick Dangerfield, cyclist Anna Meares, AFLW head of football Nicole Livingstone and Australian Football League chief executive Gillon McLachlan, and Kelly O’Dwyer, Australian federal minister for women.
Phillips, Vescio, Meares, and O’Dwyer condemned Seven’s decision to remove the initial post, which was perceived as yielding to trolls, and it was later reinstated with an apology.
An apology was made by 7AFL who said that “Removing the photo sent the wrong message. Many of the comments made on the post were reprehensible & we’ll work harder to ban trolls from our pages. Our intention was to highlight @taylaharriss incredible athleticism & we’ll continue to celebrate women’s footy.”
Harris didn’t comment on the removal of the photo but slammed the Twitter trolls. “Here’s a pic of me at work… think about this before your derogatory comments, animals,’” she tweeted.
Tayla Harris Statistics
|Representative team honours|
|2017||The Allies||1 (1)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2018.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2017.
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