AFLW Draft preview: Geelong

ONE of the two new teams in the AFL Women’s competition is Geelong and the Cats have gone a different way to the other new addition, North Melbourne. The Cats recruited most of their players off their own Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s list, and come into the competition with a wealth of experience already. Now, they just need some young players to back this up and they have plenty of that at their disposal.

 

GEELONG AFLW LIST (20 /30)

  • Cassie Blakeway
  • Maddie Boyd
  • Hannah Burchell
  • Mia-Rae Clifford
  • Richelle Cranston
  • Julia Crockett-Grills
  • Kate Darby
  • Renee Garing
  • Rebecca Goring
  • Melissa Hickey
  • Erin Hoare
  • Jordan Ivey
  • Meghan McDonald
  • Maddy McMahon (rookie)
  • Phoebe McWilliams
  • Aasta O’Connor
  • Danielle Orr
  • George Rankin (rookie)
  • Anna Teague
  • Hayley Trevean

DRAFT PICKS

1, 2, 7, 14, 20, 24, 35, 46, 56, 61, 66, 70, 73, 76, 78

POSSIBLE DRAFT PROSPECTS

Geelong has an array of talent at its disposals, with many Vic Country stars nominating to play for the Cats in 2019. The most talked about player have of course been TAC Cup Best and Fairest and AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships Most Valuable Player (MVP), Nina Morrison. Morrison is a likely number one pick and will end up at Geelong either way, having nominated to stay in her hometown. She could be joined by Geelong Falcons premiership teammate, Olivia Purcell. Purcell won the Falcon’s Best and Fairest and will give the Cats some aggression and inside pressure in 2019, should she be selected. Denby Taylor, who was best on ground in the Falcons’ premiership win, is another exciting player who has nominated to play in the blue and white hoops next year. Taylor proved her versatility in that match by shifting from her normal position in defence to playing on the wing. A player that is not from the Falcons but is just as good is Rebecca Webster. The AFL Women’s Academy member has played for the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup Girls and is able to rotate through defence and in the midfield. She’s one who can break through congestion and clear space with great run and carry and long kicking. Likewise, Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels key defender, Georgia Clarke, who is another who will add to the Cats’ side in 2019.

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