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Blues fan, then Dog, now Chiocci is Pies skipper

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Moana Hope (left) and Steph Chiocci (right) share a joke during the Collingwood Magpies Womens training session at Olympic Park Oval in Melbourne, Australia on December 15, 2016. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Steph Chiocci with Mo Hope at Collingwood training

COLLINGWOOD has confirmed defender Steph Chiocci as inaugural captain of its NAB AFL Women's team.

The 28-year-old Chiocci received the nod of her teammates in a poll to determine the club's leaders. Midfielder Alicia Eva was selected vice-captain and rucks Emma King and Lou Wotton were given senior roles.

"I'm incredibly humbled to take on this role at such a pivotal time in women's football and am fortunate to be surrounded by other fantastic leaders. I think we'll achieve great things together," Chiocci told collingwoodfc.com.au.

Chiocci, a secondary school teacher and captain of VFLV club Diamond Creek, skippered the Western Bulldogs in women's exhibition matches last year but was surprisingly overlooked by the Dogs when they selected their two marquee players.

The Pies chose the speedy playmaker, a four-time All Australian, with the 11th pick in last October's women's draft.

Chiocci grew up in Melbourne's north-eastern suburbs supporting Collingwood's arch-rival Carlton, the club her new team will face in the opening AFLW match next Friday, February 3, at Ikon Park.

"Mum and dad are over the moon and very emotional. I'm really proud to be able to represent the Chiocci name in a positive way at this wonderful football club," she said.

The Pies and the Western Bulldogs played a practice match at the Holden Centre on Australia Day, with the Dogs winning by 10 points.

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