AFLW Draft preview: North Melbourne

NORTH Melbourne has gone bang in the AFL Women’s off-season, poaching experienced players from everywhere. With first access to Tasmanian talent, the Kangaroos go into the AFL Women’s Draft with an advantage. But entering the draft at pick 25 is always hard to do, so it will be interesting to see how Scott Gowans and the coaching staff approach it.

 

NORTH MELBOURNE AFLW LIST (24/30)

  • Sophie Abbatangelo
  • Kaitlyn Ashmore
  • Daria Bannister
  • Jenna Bruton
  • Alison Drennan
  • Jess Duffin
  • Jasmine Garner
  • Brittany Gibson
  • Kate Gillespie-Jones
  • Jasmine Grierson
  • Danielle Hardiman
  • Moana Hope
  • Emma Humphries
  • Emma Kearney
  • Elisha King
  • Emma King
  • Taylor Mesiti
  • Georgia Nanscawen
  • Tahlia Randall
  • Ashleigh Riddell
  • Maddison Smith
  • Jamie Stanton
  • Jessica Trend
  • Jessie Williams (rookie)

DRAFT PICKS

25, 36, 53, 57, 62, 67, 71, 74, 77

POSSIBLE DRAFT PROSPECTS

Young talent will be hard to come by for North Melbourne, with late draft picks due to its recruiting spree in the off-season. However, the Kangaroos have a distinct advantage, with first access to plenty of Tasmanian talent. The most talked about Tasmanian draft prospects are Chloe and Libby Haines. The Tasmanian twins were two of the most dominant players in the Tasmania and Central Allies Under 18 team this year and also contributed well for their local side, Burnie Dockers. Lauren Stevenson is a determined defender who could land at North Melbourne. She is an experienced over-ager who works hard and can lock down key players. In terms of the Victorian metropolitan talent, Eastern Ranges midfielder/forward, Gabriella De Angelis could still be available at their pick after 24 picks, which would be a handy pick-up for the Roos. De Angelis shone in the midfield for the Ranges during the TAC Cup Girls season and developed her forward prowess in Vic Metro colours and with the Southern Saints later in the year. Her Ranges teammate, Charlotte Wilson could also feature in North’s line-up, with her ability to play in multiple positions.

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