Moana & Vinny Hope

A powerhouse of womens football since the age of 16, and a successful businesswoman, there is so much that Moana has achieved in her life to date. With footy in her blood, a passion she shared with her late father, Gary, Moana has always loved playing AFL. Moana took a few years break from the game before rediscovering the love in 2014 after seeing the changing landscape of womens football in Australia. With participation at an all time high since the announcement and inaugural AFLW season, Moana took her goal kicking prowess from suburban grounds to the big stage, representing the biggest sporting club in Australia, Collingwood.

Moana has become a well known public figure, speaking a number of functions and signing sponsorship agreements with companies such as NIKE, Gameday Mouthguards, Special K, Melbourne City Mission, and the Herald Sun. In addition to this, Moana released her own biography ‘My Way’ on Mothers Day and is featured in the current CGU Ambition campaign due to her success as an Australian business woman. Whilst her life has changed, and people now stop her in the street to have a chat and wish her luck, her love for her family and football will always continue to be most important to her.

After two AFLW seasons with Collingwood, Moana joined North Melbourne for their inaugural 2019 season. Moana also featured on Channel 10’s Survivor in the Champions vs Contenders series. Unfortunately Moana’s journey on the Island was cut short due to a debilitating illness, however she puts it down as one of her best life experiences to date.

A successful business owner, it is common for Moana’s day to start at 4am in order for her to fit in her training, playing, work, and family commitments which she is devoted to. Moana is also the full time carer for her sister, Vinny who has Mobius Syndrome.

Moana and Vinny will talk about their lives and their special relationship as sisters before inviting the audience to participate in a Q and A session.