Tiarna Ernst


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A premiership ruckman for the Western Bulldogs, Ernst is able to use her athleticism and tall frame to play multiple roles for her side. This was no more evident than the 2018 Grand Final where she played a pivotal role in defence shutting down Brisbane's Key Forwards on the day.

Tiarna's journey into the AFLW is one that is quite unique. Originally born in Thursday Island in Far North Queenslander which has a population of only a few thousand people, Tiarna moved to Melbourne in 2013 to follow both her on-field and off-field careers.

When not playing AFLW, Tiarna works as an obstetrician​ delivering babies and in 2018 was awarded with the Education and Training Excellence Award​​ by the AFLPA for the exceptional work she does outside of her AFLW career.

  • Birthdate January 24, 1988
  • BirthplaceNorth Queensland
  • PositionRuck
  • ClubWestern Bulldogs
  • Number19

  • After graduating as a doctor in 2011, Ernst is undertaking a training program with the Royal College of Australia and New Zealand of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, having already completed four years of the six-year course. An AFLW premiership player with the Bulldogs, Ernst spends 86 hours per fortnight working at Monash Health performing obstetric and…


  • Article 22.01.18 (westernbulldogs.com.au) The Western Bulldogs are tied with Melbourne for the highest number of elite level players in the League according to Champion Data’s 2018 AFLW Prospectus, with each having five apiece. Each year at AFL level, Champion Data analyse every team and all listed players before releasing the official prospectus ahead of the…


  • Huge congratulations to Tiarna Ernst for finishing 5th in the Western Bulldogs AFLW inaugural B&F count. Tiarna’s ability to give her teammates first use of the ball out of the ruck was a major feature of Tiarna’s performance throughout the season. Her leadership both on and off the field was also something which endeared her…


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