THE 2021 AFL Women’s sign and trade period came to a close at 2:00pm on Wednesday, ahead of dual list lodgement deadlines. A bunch of big deals played out since our week one wrap, with stars like Olivia Purcell and Tayla Harris seeing their big moves get over the line, while West Coast came to life at the death to push a couple of negotiations through.
Check out all the ins and outs below, listed club-by-club, with a quick recap of this year’s trade dealings. There should also be even more movement to come as free agency period remains open.
INS AND OUTS:
In: Pick 20, Pick 47
Out: Chloe Scheer, Pick 49
In: Jess Dal Pos, Pick 10, Pick 11, Pick 23, Pick 26, Pick 40
Out: Chloe Dalton, Katie Lyons, Tayla Harris, Pick 12, Pick 29, Pick 32 Pick 44
In: Sabrina Frederick, Pick 29, Pick 32
Out: Maddie Shevlin, Pick 16, Pick 48
In: Pick 38
Out: Evangeline Gooch
In: Chantel Emonson, Chloe Scheer, Pick 15
Out: Olivia Purcell, Pick 20, Pick 37
In: Claudia Whitford, Viv Saad, Pick 30
Out: Pick 19, Pick 36
Greater Western Sydney:
In: Chloe Dalton, Jasmine Grierson, Katie Loynes, Pick 37
Out: Elle Bennetts, Jess Dal Pos, Aimee Schmidt, Pick 10, Pick 27, Pick 42
In: Tayla Harris, Olivia Purcell, Pick 44
Out: Chantel Emonson, Pick 15, Pick 32
In: Pick 19 Pick 28
Out: Jasmine Grierson, Viv Saad, Pick 30
In: Poppy Kelly, Maddie Shevlin, Jess Hosking, Pick 57
Out: Sabrina Frederick, Pick 23, Pick 26, Pick 40
In: Pick 12, Pick 36, Pick 48
Out: Poppy Kelly, Claudia Whitford, Pick 22, Pick 25
In: Evangeline Gooch, Aimee Schmidt
Out: Pick 38
In: Elle Bennetts, Pick 22, Pick 25, Pick 27
Out: Pick 11, Pick 28, Pick 57
After Collingwood, Richmond, and St Kilda were the only teams to deal during a truly dour first week of trading, the Western Bulldogs entered the equation with a trade for classy Greater Western Sydney (GWS) rebounder, Elle Bennetts. The cross-code athlete made her move back home to Victoria at a cost of pick 28 for the Bulldogs, which looms as a high-value pickup.
The whole period came to life as a monster five-way trade saw seven players transferred yesterday evening. Among the biggest names to prize a move were Olivia Purcell and Tayla Harris, who both join Melbourne with plenty of credit in the bank. The injured Purcell, a Geelong Falcons graduate, shifts to the big smoke from her home region, while Harris’ much-hyped move sees her join a third AFLW club.
Carlton bolstered its draft hand in the deal as Melbourne sent Chantel Emonson down the highway along with an exchange of picks. The Blues also dealt with GWS to secure Jess Dal Pos, seeing Chloe Dalton‘s wish granted in exchange along with former Carlton skipper, Katie Loynes. Adelaide got involved by allowing Chloe Scheer to move to Geelong, with pick 20 coming the other way.
A bunch of fallout was left to come, with Carlton then looking to shift slightly up the draft order in lop-sided deals with Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs. The Blues relinquished picks 12, 27, 29, and 32 to gain selections 11, 26, 55 and 57. The Bulldogs acted on their gains, securing St Kilda’s picks 22 and 25 for that 12th selection, while Collingwood’s ended with a solid hand after that deal, and the one to nab Sabrina Frederick – with Maddie Shevlin going to Richmond.
Elsewhere, the Saints were involved earlier as they moved on Claudia Whitford, who yielded pick 36 from the Gold Coast SUNS. Jasmine Grierson landed at the GIANTS for pick 28, which came from the Western Bulldogs, as Aimee Schmidt crossed to West Coast as a delisted free agent. The Eagles also signed Evangeline Gooch from cross-town rivals Fremantle, at the cost of pick 38.
While sides like Fremantle, Gold Coast and North Melbourne were involved in straightforward one-player exchanges, reigning premier Brisbane was the only team not to get involved – a welcome change for Lions fans after seeing their list previously dismantled by expansion clubs.
Jess Hosking sought a late move to Richmond to join sister Sarah, after the deadline passed with picks exchanged both ways. The free agency market remains open, while clubs have been scrambling final list changes and delistings ahead of list lodgement dates on June 16 and 25.
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