Tayla Harris

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Tayla Harris
Tayla Harris 11.03.18.jpg
Harris with Carlton in March 2018
Personal information
Date of birth (1997-04-16) 16 April 1997 (age 21)
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)
Position(s) Forward/ ruck
Club information
Current club Carlton
Number 22
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2017 Brisbane 8 (4)
2018– Carlton 6 (5)
Total 14 (9)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2017 The Allies 1 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2018.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2017.
Career highlights



  • QAWFL best and fairest: 2012
Source: AustralianFootball.com

Tayla Harris (born 16 April 1997) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Carlton Football Club in the AFL Women's (AFLW). She previously played for Brisbane in the inaugural AFL Women's season.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Harris grew up in Brisbane's northern suburbs and began playing competitive football for Aspley at age five.[1] She played in a mixed competition with young girls and boys until 2010.[1]

At the age of fifteen, she began playing senior football for Zillmere in the AFL Queensland Women's League (QAWFL), where she won the league best and fairest award in her first season.[1] In 2017, following a move to Melbourne, she began playing in the VFL Women's competition with the St Kilda Sharks.[2]

She represented Queensland in the youth girls competition, and is a five time All-Australian.[3]

At the age of seventeen, she was drafted to the Melbourne representative side as part of the AFL women's exhibition series.[4] She continued to play for the club through 2016.[1] She also played as part of the Brisbane Lions' representative team in 2016.[5]

She attended primary school at Prince of Peace Lutheran College and high school at Albany Creek State High School.[1]

AFL Women's career[edit]

Harris was one of two marquee player signings announced by Brisbane in anticipation of the league's inaugural 2017 season.[3] She made her league debut in the club's inaugural match, in round 1, 2017, against Melbourne at Casey Fields. In round 2, she was nominated for the league Rising Star award for a two-goal, twelve disposal and seven mark performance against Fremantle,[6] and also was named "Player of the Week" by the AFL Players Association.[7] 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).[8]

At the end of the season, Harris was listed in the 2017 All-Australian team.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11] On 25 May 2017, Harris was traded to Carlton in a complex trade involving four teams, five players and a draft pick.[12]

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.[13]

Boxing career[edit]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
4 fights 4 wins 0 losses
By knockout 0 0
By decision 4 0
Draws 0


  1. ^ a b c d e "Tayla Harris AFL". TLA Worldwide. TLA. Archived from the original on 24 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  2. ^ Olle, Sarah (29 May 2017). "AFLW: Tayla Harris explains why she decided to move from Brisbane to Carlton". Fox Sports. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Profile: Tayla Harris". Brisbane Lions. Bigpond. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Dream Comes True for Trainee Tayla Harris". AFL Sports Ready. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  5. ^ Matthews, Bruce (17 May 2016). "Not yet, Tayla: Lions jump gun in attempt to sign women's ace". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Tayla Harris and Lily Mithen named AFLW Rising Star nominees after Round 2 performances". Fox Sports. News Corp Australia. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  7. ^ "AFLW Player of the Week: Round 2". AFLPA. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  8. ^ @championdata (13 February 2017). "AFLW Player Stat Leaders after Round 2 matches.(Ties ordered by games played, player name)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Navaratnam, Dinny (28 March 2017). "Lions, Crows dominate AFLW All Australian team - AFL.com.au". AFL.com.au. BigPond. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  10. ^ Sheahan, Kate (10 May 2017). "Brisbane marquee Tayla Harris set to test AFLW trade period". foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  11. ^ Cherny, Daniel (19 May 2017). "AFLW trades: Demons enter Tayla Harris fray as Brisbane reject Carlton offer". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Lion turns Blue as complex deal seals trade - AFL.com.au". afl.com.au. Telstra Media. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  13. ^ "AFL WOMEN'S PREMIERSHIP SEASON - EVERY GOALKICKER". Australian Football. Retrieved 19 March 2018.

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