Two babies welcomed recently from AFL footballers who play for the Geelong Cats:
Tom Lonergan and his wife Kim welcomed their first child on September 2 and have named their son Bobby Thomas [pictured]. Tom has been playing for the Cats since 2005, and he and Kim were married at the start of this year.
Andrew Mackie and his wife Georgia welcomed their daughterLindy Milla on August 21, a sister for Freddy, age 3, and Louie, age 2. Andrew has been playing for the Cats since 2005.
Sports stars Joe and Renae Ingles welcomed twins on July 26 and named them Jacob Antony and Milla Bernadette. Joe has played basketball in Australia, Spain and Israel; he currently plays for Utah Jazz in the NBA and is a member of the national squad, the Boomers, for which he has played at every Olympics since 2008. The winner of two gold medals and a silver at the FIBA Oceania Championships, Joe also won the Gaze medal in 2009 for being the best player in the Boomers. Renae is a netball champion who currently plays for the Adelaide Thunderbirds and for the national team, the Diamonds. She has won gold at the Netball World Championships, gold and silver at the Commonwealth Games, and bronze at the World Netball Series. She has won numerous awards, including Diamonds International Player twice.
Rugby union footballer Christian Lealiifano and his partner Luga Lam-Young welcomed their first child in June and named their son Jeremih. Jeremih is named after Luga’s favourite singer, but also with the biblical character of Jeremiah in mind. Christian was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia as a small boy. He has played for the Brumbies since 2007 and for the national squad, the Wallabies, since 2013. Last month fans were shocked to hear new dad Christian had been diagnosed with leukaemia: we wish Christian all the best with his treatment.
Football player Massimo Luongo, and his wife Shelley, welcomed their first child on June 15 and named their son Maxwell [pictured]. Massimo’s name is the Italian form of Maximus, so this seems like a way to honour dad without using the same name. Massimo has played football in England since 2011, and currently plays for Queens Park Rangers in the Championship League; he also plays for the national team, the Socceroos.
Former AFL footballer Brent Reilly, and his wife Jamie, welcomed their first child on June 22 and named their son Jax Cameron. Brent played for the Adelaide Crows for 13 years, retiring last year.
Former cricketer and national batting coach Greg Blewett, and his wife Katheryn, welcomed their second child on July 26 and named him Rory James, a brother for Samuel, aged 18 months; Samuel’s birth was covered on the blog. Greg has a teenaged daughter named Taylor from his previous marriage to Jodie Blewett, now Oddy, who has been featured on the blog as a celebrity mum.
Former Australian rules player Mathew Seal, and his wife Kate Twigley, welcomed their first child on August 30 and named him Levi Samuel. Mathew played in the WAFL, while Kate is the sister of model Rebecca Judd, who has been featured on the blog as a celebrity mum.
Actors Guy Pearce and Carice van Houten welcomed their first child on August 29 and named their son Monte. Guy is a British-born Australian actor who got his start in theatre, then transitioned to TV in Neighbours and Home and Away. He was critically-acclaimed in the miniseries Mildred Pierce, and stars in the Jack Irish telemovies and miniseries. He has had major roles in numerous films, such as The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Flynn, L.A. Confidential, The Time Machine, The Proposition, The Hurt Locker, The King’s Speech, and Animal Kingdom. Carice is a Dutch actress and singer best known for playing Melisandre in Game of Thrones; she and Guy have been dating since last year.
Actress Emilie de Ravin, and her boyfriend (now fiance) Eric Bilitch [pictured], welcomed their first child on March 12 and named their daughter Vera Audrey. Emilie’s first major role was in the TV series Beastmaster, and was a regular in Roswell before being cast as Claire Littleton in the hit drama series Lost. She currently plays Belle in the fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time. She has also appeared in several Hollywood films. Eric is a film director.
Actor Dan Wyllie and his wife Shannon Murphy welcomed a daughter named Dylan about a year ago. Primarily a stage actor, Dan has also had roles in films such as RomperStomper, Muriel’s Wedding, Chopper, and The Water Diviner. On TV he has been B2 on Bananas in Pyjamas, and last year was in the miniseries The Beautiful Lie. Shannon is an actress, director, and writer who directed two episodes of Offspring.
Comedian and radio host Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann and his wife Kelly welcomed their first child on July 26 and named their son Laddie Buster [pictured]. Lehmo has been a stand up comedian since the 1990s, and appeared in TV sketch shows in both Australia and the UK. He currently does breakfast radio on Gold 104.3, stars in comedy series Utopia, and makes appearances on The Project and Have You Been Paying Attention? Kelly (nee Kearney) is a television producer.
News presenter Talitha Cummins and her husband Ben Lucas welcomed their first child on August 1 and named their son Oliver Paul. Talitha is the news presenter on Weekend Sunrise and also reads the news on Triple M radio. Ben is a personal trainer.
Actor Gyton Grantley and his wife Alexandra Ortuso welcomed their first child on August 10 and named their son Rocco James, to be known as “Rocky“. Well known from television, Gyton shot to fame in crime drama series Underbelly and is currently one of the stars of popular comedy series House Husbands; he has also been in several film, including Beneath Hill 60, Balibo, and Danny Deckchair. Alex is a schoolteacher.
Connie Mitchell and her husband Angus McDonald, otherwise known as dance music duo Sneaky Sound System, welcomed their first child on August 23 and named their son Iggy Ajax. Iggy’s middle name is in honour of the couple’s friend DJ Ajax (Adrian Thomas) who was killed in an accident in 2013. Sneaky Sound System formed in the 2000s, and Connie has been a mentor on The Voice. They are currently on tour in Europe, but came home to have Iggy.
Fashion writer Kate Waterhouse and her husband, former NRL star Luke Ricketson, welcomed their second child on August 8 and named their daughter Grace Gabriel, sister to Sophia, aged 2; Sophia’s birth was featured on the blog. Grace’s middle name is in honour of her grandmother, race horse trainer and businesswoman Gai Waterhouse, whose full name is Gabriel.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy welcomed their third grandchild on August 26 when their daughter Daisy Turnbull-Brown and her husband Captain Andrew Brown had a daughter named Alice Lucinda, a sister for Jack, aged 3; Jack’s birth was featured on the blog. Alice’s middle name is in honour of her grandmother, whose full name is Lucinda.
American reality TV star Audrina Partridge, and her fiance, Australian dirt bike rider Corey Bohan, welcomed their first child on June 25 and have named their daughter Kirra Max. Audrina starred in the MTV reality TV series The Hills, and briefly had her own spin-off show, Audrina; she now hosts a late-night travel show. Corey has been a professional BMX dirt bike rider since 2002 and was the first athlete to win in three consecutive years at the X Games – in 2004, 2005, and 2006. He took part in one episode of The Hills, and met Audrina during filming. Kirra is a beach from Corey’s home state of Queensland, while Max is the current unisex darling for celebrities to choose for daughters.
Balinese actor Kadek Mahardika and his Australian wife Laura recently welcomed their second child and have named their son Lenny, a brother for Mila [pictured]. When he was born they couldn’t decide between Jordy and Lenny so they chose the name using the “rock scissors paper” method – apparently Laura’s choice won. Kadek is best known for his role of Ketut, Rhonda’s Balinese holiday romance in the popular “Rhonda and Ketut” series of advertisements for AAMI car insurance.
Radio host Michael “Wippa” Wipfli and his wife Lisa [pictured] welcomed their second child around June 19 and have named their son Jack Walter David, a brother for Theodore “Ted“, age 16 months; Ted’s birth was featured on the blog. Michael is co-host of Fitzy and Wippa on Nova FM alongside Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald.
Television presenter Adam Dovile, and his wife Lisa Lamond, welcomed their first child a month ago and have named their daughter Arabella Jacqueline. Adam and Lisa won the second season of renovation reality show House Rules in 2014, and last year Adam became the DIY presenter on Better Homes and Gardens, winning a Logie Award this year for Best New Talent.
Reality TV participants Cassie and Ryan Thistleton welcomed their fourth child earlier this month and have named their daughter Mena Lee. Cassie and Ryan already have a young daughter named Emmerson, an older daughter from Cassie’s previous relationship, and lost a baby boy named Dex. Cassie and Ryan took part in the “spouse swap” show Seven Year Switch.
American plus size model Tess Holliday, and her Australian fiance Nick Holliday, welcomed their first child together on June 6 and have named their son Bowie Juniper; he is a brother for 10-year-old Rylee, Tess’ son from a previous relationship. Last year Tess became the largest plus-size model signed by a mainstream modelling agency; popular on Instagram for her positive body image campaign, she has been named one of the top plus-size models in the world. Nick is an artist and photographer who moved to the US to be with Tess after meeting her on social media.
Cricketer Shaun Marsh, and his wife Rebecca, welcomed their sonAustin Ross on June 11 [pictured]. Shaun plays for the Western Australian state team, and made his test debut for Australia in 2011. He plays for the Perth Scorchers in Twenty20, and for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. Shaun is the son of former cricketer Geoff Marsh, and brother of cricketer Mitchell Marsh and WNBL basketball player Melissa Marsh.
AFL footballer Josh Kennedy, and his partner Lauren Atkinson, welcomed their daughterLottie Rae on May 28. Josh has been with the West Coast Eagles since 2008, and won the Coleman Medal in 2015.
Racing commentator Francesca Cumani, and her husband, polo player Rob Archibald, welcomed their sonHarry last month. Francesca was a successful amateur jockey before becoming a commentator on CNN and Channel Seven; she is the daughter of Italian horse trainer Luca Cumani. Rob has played polo for Australia, and spends part of each year playing in both England and Argentina.
Rugby union player Matt Carraro and his wife Nardia welcomed their daughterMyla on March 3, a sister for Chase age 2. Matt has played rugby for teams in Australia, England, and France, and has been signed with the Waratahs since 2014; he also plays for the NSW Country Eagles.
Singer Kate Miller-Heidke, and her husband, musician Keir Nuttall, welcomed their sonErnie Edward Miller on June 2 [pictured]. Kate is a classically trained singer who has gone on to have mainstream success as an alternative pop singer since the early 2000s. Kate has also written a award-winning opera called The Rabbits, based on the children’s book by John Marsden, which was performed at the Perth Festival last year. She has performed in an interactive digital song cycle for The Book of Sand at the Holland Festival in 2015, and been in the ABC comedy opera drama series The Divorce. Kate’s backing band is named Transport, and her husband Keir is the guitarist.
Crossfit trainer Revie Jane, and her husband Clayton Schulz, welcomed their daughterLexington Louise on April 9. Revie Jane runs Crossfit Babes Miami on the Gold Coast and has a strong online presence.
Former NRL star Mal Meninga and his wife Amanda welcomed their daughterEva last October, a sister for Zach, aged 2, and Elijah, aged 3; both Zach and Elijah had their births featured on the blog. Mal has two adult children named Tamika and Josh from his first marriage.
Greg Bird and his wife Becky welcomed their daughterFinley Elise on April 6 [pictured]. Greg has played rugby league in both Australia and France, and has been signed with the Gold Coast Titans since 2010. He has been selected for the Australian national team, the New South Wales state team, Country Origin, the Indigenous All-Stars, and the Prime Minister’s XIII.
Dane Gagai and his partner Kelly Turner welcomed their sonDante in May. Dane first played for the Brisbane Broncos, but has been with the Newcastle Knights since 2012. He has been selected for the Queensland state team, and for the Prime Minister’s XIII. Of Torres Strait Islander heritage, Dane has been chosen for the Indigenous All-Stars, but is eligible to play for New Zealand as well.
Josh Hodgson and his wife Kirby welcomed their son George on June 2. Josh is an English player who was with Hull FC and Hull KR for several years before signing with the Canberra Raiders last season. Josh has played both for the England Knights, and for England’s national squad. (Information from post-match interview).
At the start of the month, Adelaide United won the Grand Final in the A-League, which prompted an article on those team members who had recently welcomed babies.
Eugene Galekovic, and his partner Nancy Timpano, welcomed a son named Jayden earlier this month, their first child. Eugene has played football in both Australia and Portugal, signing with Adelaide in 2007, after spending most of his career in his home city of Melbourne. Eugene also plays for the Australian national team.
Isaías Sánchez, always known by his first name only, and his wife welcomed a daughter named Vega last spring. Isaías is a Spanish footballer who played for Barcelona’s second division before signing with Adelaide in 2013. Vega is a Spanish name meaning “meadow”.
Pablo Sánchez and his wife welcomed a son named Pablo a year ago [pictured]. Pablo Snr is another Spanish footballer from the second division, and he signed with Adelaide in 2014. He was released from Adelaide United shortly after their Grand Final win, his contract having expired.