Deni Varnhagen

about deni varnhagen

Deni, otherwise known as Den or Denis, to team mates, is a hard-nosed defender for the Adelaide Crows in the AFLW competition.

At the age of nine, Varnhagen started playing Australian rules football with the boys’ team at the primary school in Happy Valley, where she was raised.

Varnhagen was drafted by Adelaide with their fourth selection and twenty-sixth overall in the 2016 AFL Women’s draft. Phil Harper, the General Manager of Football Administration, who had coached her at Happy Valley said that “she was a bit of a star all along.”

She made her debut in the thirty-six point win against Greater Western Sydney in the opening round of the 2017 season, where she kicked a goal and gathered 12 touches.

She helped Adelaide claim their first premiership, scoring a goal in the club’s six point victory over Brisbane at Metricon Stadium in the AFL Women’s Grand Final.

In 2019, Deni helped Adelaide win their second premiership and was awarded Best Defensive Player for the team.

When she is not starring in the AFLW, she is working as a qualified ICU nurse in Adelaide, helping save people’s lives. Deni is also passionate about motorcycles and has her own Harley Davidson.


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