The Geelong Cats have made a number of further AFLW list changes. Richelle ‘Rocky’ Cranston, Bec Goring, and Kate Darby have been informed they will not be offered contracts for next season.
Cranston joined Geelong prior to season 2019 after two AFLW seasons and 13 games with Melbourne. A member of the club’s inaugural AFLW side, Cranston’s three seasons in the blue and white hoops saw her play 21 games and kick 11 goals.
A member of Geelong’s player leadership group in 2019, 31-year-old Cranston was a member of the AFL Women’s exhibition games in 2016, playing three games for the Western Bulldogs.
Cranston’s ties to the Cats date back to the club’s entry into the VFLW in 2017. She won the Cats VFLW best & fairest in 2018.
Goring departs GMHBA Stadium after five years with Geelong including three seasons of AFLW from 2019-2021 and two VFLW 2017-2018.
Goring captained the club’s first ever women’s team in the VFLW competition in 2017. A member of the VFLW Team of the Year in 2018, Goring also played in the 2018 VFLW Grand Final.
The key defender played 17 AFLW games for the Cats over three seasons whilst balancing her professional music career. A member of the player leadership group in 2019, Goring captained the Cats' inaugural AFLW team in Round 1 of that year in the absence of Melissa Hickey.
Darby was another who joined the club’s initial foray into women’s football, playing VFLW in 2017 and 2018 before the club transitioned to AFLW. Darby played two games with Carlton in 2017 before joining the Cats. She played 10 games in AFLW with Geelong and kicked six goals.
Darby did not play last season after welcoming her first born, Ella.
Cranston, Goring and Darby were all members of the Cats' 2019 team that played in the preliminary final in the club’s first AFLW campaign.
“It is always difficult to see players finish with the club, but it is even harder given all that Rocky, Bec and Kate have done since the start of our women’s program,” Head of Geelong’s AFLW Brett Johnson said.
“They were with the club from the beginning of women’s football, and have contributed greatly to the team and the club, both on and off the field. Their contributions will be recorded in history and they will always be remembered fondly for their achievements.
“We will continue to support them in their next steps both on and off the field.”