22 January 1993
Tarnee is a proud Wilyakali Barkandji woman and a traditional custodian of Broken Hill. Tarnee and her two older brothers were raised by their mother and grandmothers, her family played a significant role in shaping the person she is today. Tarnee completed her schooling in Broken Hill and went on to work in the health industry, gaining Aboriginal Health and Pathology qualifications with Maari Ma Health. From a young age, Tarnee dreamt of being successful and she believed that in order to do so, she needed to be different, placing high importance on respecting her community and herself. She aspired to be an AFL player and a Police Officer and with a lot of hard work and sacrifice, she is well on her way to achieving both. Tarnee is currently employed as a cadet with the Western Australia Police Force.
Broken Hill is where her dream of playing AFL begun. Tarnee played in the Auskick competition from U6’s to U12’s with West Broken Hill Football Club. She recalls being selected for representative teams and winning multiple awards such as best and fairest, leading goal kicker and most consistent in her junior footy. Unfortunately, in 2005 Tarnee was no longer able to play with the boys and had to give up the sport she loved due to there being no female competition, taking to basketball instead. Tarnee had to wait until 2012 before she was able to lace up the boots again with the commencement of the Broken Hill Women’s Competition. From 2012 to 2016, Tarnee showed her class, winning multiple best and fairest awards, club MVP’s, being selected in teams of the year and leading goal kicker awards. Tarnee was also the first female player to play 50 games in Broken Hill and the first to kick 10 goals in a game. Tarnee wanted to take her footy to the next level and so she made the move to Perth, nominating herself for the Fremantle Football Club’s Talent Search. After being selected for the Western Australian Football Commission’s Development Program and playing in the Western Australian Football League’s Women’s Competition (WAFLW), Tarnee’s ultimate dream became reality when she was drafted at pick 56 to the West Coast Eagles Football Club in its inaugural year. Tarnee debuted in round one of the 2020 season and moved onto the Fremantle Football Club in 2021 as a free agent. Tarnee put Broken Hill’s AFL women’s talent on the map, motivating others to dream big when it comes to AFLW and inspiring others to lead a healthier and happier lifestyle.
2017 – 2018
2013 – 2014