There's 42 days until Hawthorn's season opener against Essendon under Saturday night lights at Frankston. 

So there's no better time to get to know the Hawks' No. 42, Catherine Brown! 

Here's everything you need to know below:

Nickname: Brownie 

Previous AFLW Clubs: N/A

Draft History: Expansion signing, S7 

Senior Clubs: Hawthorn (VFLW), Eastlake Demons (AFL Canberra) 

Community Clubs: Woden Valley Soccer Club

Bio: Brown is a dual-sport athlete, having suited up for Canberra United in the A-League Women’s competition before turning her attention to Aussie Rules. In 2021, she made a name for herself under Bec Goddard in Hawthorn’s VFLW team as a running defender with a booming kick and the capability to win plenty of the footy. The Canberra native captained the Eastlake Demons in AFL Canberra’s First Grade Women’s competition before signing with the Hawks. She went on to play all 10 games for the Hawks in Season 7, ranking first in the competition for rebound 50s.


  • Eastlake Demons best and fairest (2020 and 2021)
  • AFL Canberra Best First Year Player (2018)
  • Multiple selections in the AFL Canberra Team of the Year
  • W-League championship and premiership 2011-12 with Canberra United
  • Young Matildas representative

Three things you might not know about Brownie: 

1. She used to play for Canberra United in the A-League Women's competition (formerly W-League).

2. She is a Mum. Her daughter, Mason, is four years old.

3. She is a registered nurse who works in oncology. She is also a qualified paramedic.