Cross-code star announces AFLW retirement

Sharni Norder (left), one of Australian sports most successful cross-code stars, has retired.
Sharni Norder (left), one of Australian sports most successful cross-code stars, has retired.

Sharni Norder has called time on a decorated sporting career after announcing her AFLW retirement.

The 33-year-old Collingwood vice-captain spent three years in the AFLW following a distinguished netball career that included 46 caps for the Diamonds.

Norder (nee Layton) ranks as one of Australia's best cross-code athletes and she bows out after Collingwood's four-point ALFW preliminary final loss to Brisbane at the weekend.

"My journey to AFLW was different to netball," she said.

"Rather than being the best player, I wanted to instil the values I had learnt in the high-performance environment of netball and bring that experience to Collingwood's women's football program."

Norder captained the Diamonds in 2017 and was a member of world championship-winning teams in 2011 and 2015.

Twice named international player of the year, Norder, also played a starring role in the Diamonds' team that claimed the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Norder played for six Australian netball franchises and retired from the sport in 2018 after 28 games for Collingwood.

She was soon drafted into Collingwood's AFLW side and as a ruck played 23 games for the Magpies.

Norder was honoured with AFLW All-Australian selection for her breakout year in 2020.

"Whilst I feel lucky that my body is strong, it is time for me to focus on other areas in life and spending time with loved ones, especially my husband Luke, and start building a life together away from the sporting arena," Norder said.

Australian Associated Press