North Melbourne’s Grace Campbell will miss AFLW season 7 after rupturing her left ACL at training on Saturday morning.

Scans have confirmed the injury after Campbell landed awkwardly in a marking contest.

“We are really disappointed for Grace. She has had an excellent pre-season, we couldn’t fault the way she has gone about it,” North Melbourne’s head of women’s football Nathan Hrovat said.

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“Despite this setback, Grace will continue to be an important part of our group across season 7 and we will continue to support her throughout her rehab.”

The 26-year-old has been a solid contributor as a pressure forward last season after previous time spent in the midfield early in her career.

Campbell was recruited to North Melbourne ahead of the 2021 campaign and has played 13 games for the Kangaroos over two seasons.

Due to Campbell’s injury, the club has signed Hannah Bowey as a replacement player.

Hannah Bowey in action for Collingwood VFL. Picture: AFL Photos

Bowey joins the Kangaroos after a consistent season with Collingwood VFLW. The 23-year-old comes from a strong footballing family with brother Jake a Premiership player at Melbourne and her father Brett having played 85 games for St Kilda.

“Hannah had a really consistent year with Collingwood in the VFLW with her speed and athleticism really impressing,” Hrovat said.

“We think her traits add some further flexibility to our squad. At 23 years of age, we think she’s ready to take this opportunity with both hands and make an impact for us from the get-go.”


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