Hayley Leary appointed AFL Asia AFLW Promotion and Development Officer

AFLW is on the way and at Footy Almanac we have appointed Kasey Symons as the Women’s Footy Almanac editor. Women’s footy is bigger and more exciting.


Today I would like to report of women’s footy news from Asia.


On Friday, AFL Asia announced proudly and with delight that Hayley Leary had been appointed as AFL Asia AFLW Promotion and Development Officer for the 2018 season.


Grown up in Melbourne and currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, footy is familiar to her. Hayley participated in the AFL Asia 2016 Asian Championship AFLW Exhibition match in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Her great experience in playing footy in the exhibition match drove her in co-founding the Malaysian Warriors Women’s team in 2017.


On Saturday, 20 January, the Malaysian women’s club will be playing against the Cambodia Apsaras in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


Being married to Josh Leary who is the 2017 Malaysian Warriors Asian Champion Co-coach and Warrior women’s team Co-Coach, leadership, footy and family are all hand in hand in her household.


It’s a great opportunity to train together for the Men’s and Women’s teams. The Women’s team having upwards of 20 players on the track has been created, thanks to her and the Malaysian Warriors leadership team’s passions and enthusiasms. The women footballers represented countries from Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, UK, Scotland, Ireland, Iran, Philippines and importantly local Malaysians.


“In starting any team you need to have the local surrounding support and we are so thankful to the Malaysian Warriors for getting behind the Warriors Women’s team. The support from both the President Shaun Di Gregorio and the Warriors coaches has allowed for a smoother transition for all women into the club”, Hayley told afl-asia.com.


AFL Asia values Hayley’s skills and experiences into moving forward in their areas of promoting and developing AFLW, in particular assisting other clubs looking to create AFLW teams for the first time and strategically assisting them through that embryo phase of recruiting new players to the club and initial administration process. Hayley takes her new role as a pay it forward type one, particularly after all the help and support she has received in starting up the Malaysian Warriors Women’s team, and is looking forward to helping others out.


Hayley’s promoting and developing AFLW in Asia will be centred in the AFL Asia for the 2018 season, with highlighting of hosting AFL Asia’s first ever AFLW Asian Championships on Saturday, 13 October alongside their tradition Asian Championships, being played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


AFL Asia will utilise Hayley’s leadership skill set and vision for the game in order to regularly promote AFLW within Asia via their website and social media platforms, and ensure there is plenty of exposure for their new focus area in the build up to their first ever AFLW Asian Championships.


Don’t miss out the AFL Asia’s website for what happens with AFLW in Asia!

About Yoshihiro Imagawa

Love, passion and pride are seen on the footy that is the biggest part of my life. 1. St Kilda Club member: I am a passionate and crazy Sainter. Just hope we will win the second flag soon, especially after Dogs and Tigers having ended long premiership draughts. 2. The Osaka Dingoes Player and Public Relations Officer: Player number 44 that I chose to honour Stephen Milne with my wish being like a small forward like him. Lenny Hayes' hardworking attitudes are adopted on my trainings and practices. Nick Riewoldt's great plays are in my player audiobook too. 3. Writing: Here on the Almanac and also on the World Footy News. My skills utilise on great footy websites.


  1. Yvette Wroby says

    Very cool news. Thanks for keeping your eye out on what is happening with women’s footy in your region Yoshi. Well done

  2. Hi Yvette. Thanks for your comment and no worries. I am happy to write stories of footy in Japan and Asia here on Almanac and on World Footy News. You must be excited for the AFLW 2018 season. Have a lovely Sunday – Yoshi

  3. Kasey Symons says

    Very exciting stuff and congratulations to Hayley! Very much looking forward to see how women’s footy develops in Asia – great update Yoshi!

  4. Hi Kasey,

    Thanks for your comment. I keep writing stories of AFL Asia here and on World Footy News.

    By the way, I have made a debut on the World Footy News. Please check out the website!



  5. Rocket Singers says

    Lot of good work already done over the past few years by the footy clubs in Asia. Cambodian Eagles and Vietnam Swans have been at the forefront. Good to see the Malaysian Warriors now on board too.

    Look forward to this year’s Asian Champs in KL!

  6. Thanks for your comment and reminder Rocket.

    Matt Gale is doing terrific work for footy in Asia too as the president of AFL Asia, as well as is Hayley.

    I am excited to see expansion of footy in the region.



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