Millie Brown has made history by becoming Geelong’s first ever father-daughter selection.
Millie is the daughter of ex-Cat Paul Brown who played 84 games for Geelong between 1990 and 1999. A half-forward, Paul played in both the 1994 and 1995 Grand Finals and kicked 66 goals for the club.
Geelong matched bids from other clubs for 18-year-old Millie, which will see her selected by the club in the upcoming AFLW draft on October 23.
Millie has enjoyed a successful year on-field in 2019, captain of the Murray Bushrangers and co-captain of the Victoria Country side, she played three games with the club’s VFLW team including an elimination final.
A key defender, Millie was named full back in the 2019 All Australian team as well as the 2019 NAB League Team of the Year after averaging 21 disposals across her seven matches.
A powerful kick, Millie’s composure under pressure and her decision-making abilities are amongst her strengths. A natural leader, Millie is also school captain at Shepparton’s Notre Dame College.
Geelong AFLW List Manager Ben Waller said the club was thrilled to have secured the talented defender.
“It has been terrific to follow Millie’s development over the past couple of years and the club is thrilled that Millie has the honour of being the first father-daughter selection in our history,” Waller said.
“After playing a number of different roles in recent seasons, Millie took her game to a new level this year as a key defender with the Murray Bushrangers, AFLW Academy and Victoria Country. It was great to then see Millie take this confidence into her three VFLW games with us late in the season, where she looked at home in the hoops.”
Millie, who is currently amid her year 12 studies in Shepparton, said she felt privileged to be part of history.
“I feel very privileged to be a father-daughter selection, as not everyone gets that opportunity, so I’m excited to see what will come of it,” she said.
“I’m extremely excited to get stuck into training as it has been such a hectic year with school. I can’t wait to get started.”