The Kirby Bentley Cup is an annual round robin tournament coordinated by the West Australian Football Commission, targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls aged 13-15 years old. With the huge growth in female footy and the introduction of the AFL Women’s competition, the Kirby Bentley Cup provides young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls with a great opportunity to put their skills on display, be linked to local female football clubs and be identified for the WAFLW talent pathway. 

Named in honour of Kirby Bentley who is regarded as one of the greatest female football players to ever play the game, the inaugural Kirby Bentley Cup played in 2014, featured 10 teams and over 150 players. The overall goal of the Kirby Bentley Cup is to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and community members participating in clubs and development squads as either players, coaches, umpires, administrators, or volunteers.

The carnival provides members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with the opportunity to:

- Participate in a structured WA football marquee event.

- Achieve coaching and umpiring accreditation.

- Re-engage with educational and sport participation programs.

- Connect with AFLW/WAFLW mentors and role models.

- Potentially be identified for WAFLW development pathways.

Event Details

UWA Sports Park, 10 McGillivray Rd, Mount Claremont


Sunday 15th October, 2023


No Smoking No Alcohol No Drugs No Violence


To be eligible to play in the carnival you must be born 2008, 2009 and 2010 (13/14/15 yrs old)




Team Details

Claremont Claremont District

Development Officer
Alex Zulberti

East Fremantle East Fremantle District

Development Officer
Jordan Handcock

East Perth East Perth District

Development Officer
Lewis Daisley

Peel Thunder Peel District

Development Officer
Kayleigh Richardson

Perth Perth District 

Development Officer
Mackenzie Morgan

South Fremantle South Fremantle District

Development Officer
Olivia Hampton

Subiaco Subiaco

Development Officer
Corey Dullard

Swan Districts Swan District

Development Officer
Josh Embry

West Perth West Perth District

Development Officer
Mitchell Gupanis


Kirby Bentley Career

Kirby Bentley is regarded as one of the greatest female football players to ever play the game, originally beginning her playing career for Swan Districts FC in the WA Women’s Football League, growing up in the Southwest of Western Australia. 

In 2017, Kirby Bentley represented the Fremantle Dockers in the inaugural AFL Women’s league having been chosen as a priority selection during the first ever AFL National Women’s Draft. She later joined Carlton in 2018 as a free agent. 

Playing Career & Achievements:

• Pre-Draft Priority Selection for Fremantle Dockers AFL Women’s Team

• AFL Player for Melbourne Football Club

• Debbie-Lee Medallist - best player in Australia named at AFL Open Women’s National Championships in 2011

• All Australian

• WA State Player

• WA Women’s Football League Premiership Player

More recently, Kirby had taken on a role as Development coach for the Western Bulldogs AFLW program, before transitioning to Assistant coach for Essendon’s AFL Womens team. Kirby has also created andestablished her own clothing and artwork brand, Gnalla.

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