Hawthorn co vice-captain Emily Bates will play her 75th AFLW game on Sunday at Kinetic Stadium against Port Adelaide.

The 28-year-old will become one of the first players to reach the historic milestone this weekend alongside Brisbane's Ally Anderson and Adelaide's Ebony Marinoff.

Bates has played every single home-and-away game since the AFLW's inception in 2017, alongside a number of finals with the Lions.

Her illustrious career includes a premiership, league best and fairest, four club best and fairests and three All Australian selections.

Reflecting on her time so far in the AFLW, Bates was filled with pride. 

"I am quite proud to be among the first players to reach this milestone alongside Ally and Ebony Marinoff who are obviously huge players in our game," the Hawks midfielder said.

"I think the main emotion is just pride.

"To play eight seasons and not miss a game, it just shows the work I put into my preparation as an athlete as well as my durability as an athlete to not miss a game through injury, especially playing as an inside mid, getting lots of bumps and knocks each week.

"I'm definitely proud to be a part of the history of AFLW and seeing how much it's grown over the years.

"It's exciting to see how far it's come and how far it still will go."


The Hawks will aim to get a win for Bates on Sunday at 5.05pm when they take on Port Adelaide at Kinetic Stadium, Frankston, for the final time this season.

Hawks fans are encouraged to take advantage of a special two-for-one ticket offer for the game here.

Use the code MATESW8 at the checkout to redeem.

A special membership offer is also available after the club broke its AFLW membership record during the week. Check it out below.