Craige commits to Coburg

Julia Montesano 

The Coburg Football Club will welcome another former VFLW player to its ranks in 2021, with the acquisition of star midfielder Simone Craige. 

After playing for the Sunbury Lions for most of her footy career, she was lucky enough to play for Carlton’s VFLW team in 2019, after experiencing an array of success at local-level football. Craige was the runner-up in the EDFL/ WRFL Best and Fairest in 2017, won best-on-ground in a Grand Final for the Sunbury Lions and has made multiple appearances in the EDFL’s Team of the Year. 

After playing for the Sunbury Kangaroos in 2019 and missing a year of footy in 2020, Craige is ready for a fresh start at Coburg next year. 

“I love the atmosphere and mateship about the club already,” she said. “I’ve only been here for a couple of sessions and I already feel like I’ve made some good connections.” 

Craige is best known for her midfield prowess, but did spend some time in the forward line and on the scoreboard for Carlton in 2019. However, she is hoping to cement her place in the Lions’ midfield in 2021, as the club embarks on its first year in the AFL South Eastern Women’s competition. 

“I’d probably say I’m more of an in-and-under type of player,” she said. “I just love to go in, get the ball and get out, as opposed to being a set-shot kicker.” 

Just like Simone Craige, you can commit to the Lions for 2021 by purchasing one of our 2021 memberships which are on sale now! Make sure you keep up to date with all the news from the Lions new women’s side by following our new page on Instagram @coburgfcw.