Kirby Bentley (born May 9, 1986) played netball for both West Coast Fever and Western Sting before making the change to Australian Football.
Kirby played for the Fremantle and Carlton Football Clubs in the AFL Women’s competition (AFLW). Bentley was signed as a priority player by Fremantle in August 2016 ahead of the league’s inaugural 2017 season. She made her debut in Round 1, 2017, in the club’s inaugural match against Western Bulldogs at VU Whitten Oval.
In 2017, Bentley played a State of Origin match for the Allies and injured her knee, which required surgery. She was delisted by Fremantle at the end of the 2018 season.
In October 2018, Bentley joined Carlton as a free agent.
Kirby is an advocate for Indigenous girls especially in the AFLW community. In 2014, The Kirby Bentley Cup, an Australian rules football trophy played as a 9-a-side round robin tournament for Aboriginal girls aged between thirteen and fifteen, was founded in 2014. It is named in honour of Kirby Bentley who is regarded as one of the greatest Female Football players to ever play the game.
The inaugural Kirby Bentley Cup played in 2014, featured 10 teams and over 150 players. With the huge growth in female footy and introduction of the AFL Women’s League, the Kirby Bentley Cup provides young Aboriginal girls with a great opportunity to put their skills on display, be linked to local female football clubs and be identified for the state talent pathway.
Last updated 9/09/2020