Category: AFLW

2019/20 AFLW off-season review: Brisbane

WITHOUT a doubt the team hardest hit by the expansion clubs was Brisbane, losing half of its list over the off-season. State rivals Gold Coast picked off seven players, including a number of young stars from last year’s draft and experienced heads. Nat Exon and Kate McCarthy were two of Brisbane’s best last season but departed for the Saints, Sabrina Frederick went to Richmond and McKenzie Dowrick headed home to Perth to fly with the Eagles. It meant all up, 11 players were lost to expansion clubs, while Bella Ayre and Ruby Blair retired and Megan Hunt and Krystal Scott were delisted. Adelaide’s Rheanne Lugg was the only established AFL Women’s player who joined the den. Brisbane had to head to the draft.

Head to the draft they did, picking up the two brightest Queensland talents available in Lily Postlethwaite and Isabel Dawes. Remember those names because the pair will no doubt have an impact in 2020, particularly Postlethwaite who captained her state Under 18s side and could well play midfield first up if given the chance. Catherine Svarc had a terrific season in the QAFLW and provides midfield strength, while the selections of Hannah Hillman, Tahlia Hickie and Lucy Bellinger give the Lions versatility in the key position spots. Selena Priest, Dakota Davidson and Maria Moloney earned a call-up after impressive QAFLW seasons, while they also pre-signed a couple of rookies in Orla O’Dwyer from Gaelic football and Greta Bodey from soccer. All in all, while Brisbane lost a lot of talent, they invested in the future, and wile they might be a year off contending, they sure are going to be an exciting team in 2020.

OFF-SEASON CHANGES:

IN: Rheanne Lugg (Adelaide), Orla O’Dwyer (Gaelic gootball), Greta Bodey (soccer), Lily Postlethwaite, Isabel Dawes (Maroochydore), Catherine Svarc (Wilston Grange), Hannah Hillman, Tahlia Hickie (Coorparoo), Lucy Bellinger (Glenelg), Selena Priest (Coolangatta-Tweed Heads), Dakota Davidson, Maria Moloney (University of Queensland)
OUT: Tori Groves-Little, Paige Parker, Sam Virgo, Jacqui Yorson, Lauren Bella, Leah Kaslar, Emma Pittman (Gold Coast), Nat Exon, Kate McCarthy (St Kilda), Sabrina Frederick (Richmond), McKenzie Dowrick (West Coast), Bella Ayre, Ruby Blair (retired), Megan Hunt, Krystal Scott (delisted)

2020 TEAM LIST:

Ally Anderson
Lauren Arnell
Emily Bates
Lucy Bellinger
Shannon Campbell
Arianna Clarke
Gabby Collingwood
Sophie Conway
Dakota Davidson
Isabel Dawes
Jade Ellenger
Natalie Grider
Tahlia Hickie
Hannah Hillman
Jessy Keeffe
Breanna Koenen
Rheanne Lugg
Kate Lutkins
Maria Moloney
Lily Postlethwaite
Selina Priest
Catherine Svarc
Jesse Wardlaw
Sharni Webb
Jess Wuetschner
Jordan Zanchetta
Emma Zielke

Rookies: Greta Bodey, Brianna McFarlane, Orla O’Dwyer

POTENTIAL 2020 SIDE:

B: Jess Wuetschner – Kate Lutkins – Natalie Grider
HB: Rheanne Lugg – Lucy Bellinger – Lauren Arnell
C: Catherine Svarc
HF: Sophie Conway – Tahlia Hickie – Emma Zielke
F: Isabel Dawes – Jesse Wardlaw – Lily Postlethwaite
R: Hannah Hillman – Ally Anderson – Emily Bates
INT: Shannon Campbell – Arianna Clarke – Gabby Collingwood – Jordan Zanchetta – Breanna Koenen
EMG: Sharni Webb – Jade Ellenger – Jessy Keefe

DEPTH: Dakota Davidson, Maria Moloney, Selina Priest, Greta Bodey*, Brianna McFarlane*, Orla O’Dwyer*

Trying to guess the Lions’ best 21 is incredibly difficult for two reasons. First off, Brisbane has had such a list overhaul of changes, there will be some players in new roles or perhaps making way for the young stars to come in, and the balance between youth and experience will be a tough call for coach Craig Starcevich. The Lions drafted versatile talls with Hillman and Hickie able to rotate through the ruck or key forward which could be the way they opt to go, with Jesse Wardlaw also filling that role. Bellinger can play up either end, but given the strength of the forward half and a missing role at half-back, she could team up with Kate Lutkins as reliable key defensive posts. Jess Wuetschner has played in defence over the winter so expect her to fill that new role, while the experience of Lugg and Lauren Arnell will be crucial off half-back.

The forward half is quite inexperienced with Postlethwaite and Dawes capable of stepping straight in and while they are long-term midfielders, will probably play forward and relieve the likes of Ally Anderson and Emily Bates who made the midfield their own last season, while the mature-age Catherine Svarc could step into the role. Emma Zielke and Sophie Conway could rotate through there, but with Conway coming off a long term injury, it is fair enough to ease her back into it up forward. There is a lot of youth or players yet to really impact consistently at AFL Women’s level, but Nat Grider is a season in and expect her to own a defensive role, while the bench has plenty of versatility in terms of height and roles. It might be a challenging year for Brisbane in 2020, but they will be better for it because they could be back challenging in 2021 once the team has been established.

2020 AFL Women’s Academy Announced

THE 2020 AFL Women’s Academy was announced yesterday, with Victoria metropolitan regions continuing their dominance in contributing to the nation’s high-end talent pool in the biggest intake yet. As is the standard, the Academy is split into Level 1 (Under-17) and Level 2 (Under-18) squads, with each state and territory having at least one representative across the 52 players chosen.

NSW/ACT, Queensland, and Western Australia each have four members in the top-age Level 2 Academy, headlined by the likes of Abby Favell (Murray Bushrangers/NSW/ACT), Zimmorlei Farquharson (Calamvale/Yeronga/QLD), and Mikayla Morrison (East Perth Royals/WA), while South Adelaide pair Teah Charlton and Indy Tahau are South Australia’s representatives, and Stephanie Williams (Darwin Buffaloes) is the lone Northern Territory selection.

Northern Knights’ undefeated premiership season has translated to contributing four of the 12 Vic Metro members, with early first pick contender Ellie McKenzie leading the pack. Sandringham had two products picked, while Eastern and Oakleigh had two each and Isabelle Pritchard was the lone Western Jet to get a nod. Eight Vic Country representatives also made the squad, with a trio of Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels leading the line from a Geelong Falcons pairing and single selections from Dandenong, Murray and Gippsland.

The Level 1 squad features four representatives each from Queensland, Vic Metro, and Vic Country, with 2019 NAB League best and fairest winner Georgie Prespakis (Calder) headlining the list from the likes of Cannons teammate Tahlia Gillard and Tara Slender. Queenslander Tegan Levi (Broadbeach) joins sister Maddison (Level 2) in the academy, while Charlie Rowbottom (Oakleigh) – sister of Sydney’s James – also makes the list. Promising Tasmanian Amy Prokopiec (Clarence) is her state’s sole selection, with Ally Morphett (Murray Bushrangers) the same for NSW/ACT, and Zoe Prowse (Sturt) for South Australia, while Western Australia has two representatives.

Academy members will all have the chance to train with AFLW clubs across December and January, while also attending high performance training camps in January, April, and August.

Level 2 Squad:

Tarni Evans Queanbeyan Tigers NSW/ACT
Abby Favell Murray Bushrangers NSW/ACT
Emily Pease Belconnen Magpies NSW/ACT
Jayde Hamilton Queanbeyan Tigers NSW/ACT
Stephanie Williams Darwin Buffaloes NT
Annise Bradfield Southport QLD
Zimmorlei Farquharson Calamvale/Yeronga QLD
Daisy D’Arcy Hermit Park QLD
Maddison Levi Bond University QLD
Teah Charlton South Adelaide SA
Indy Tahau South Adelaide SA
Tyanna Smith Dandenong Stingrays Vic Country
Darcy Moloney Geelong Falcons Vic Country
Laura Gardiner Geelong Falcons Vic Country
Maggie Caris GWV Rebels Vic Country
Isabella Simmons GWV Rebels Vic Country
Renee Saulitis GWV Rebels Vic Country
Olivia Barber Murray Bushrangers Vic Country
Megan Fitzsimon Gippsland Power Vic Country
Alyssa Bannan Northern Knights Vic Metro
Tarni Brown Eastern Ranges Vic Metro
Alice Burke Sandringham Dragons Vic Metro
Jessica Fitzgerald Northern Knights Vic Metro
Sarah Hartwig Sandringham Dragons Vic Metro
Mimi Hill Oakleigh Chargers Vic Metro
Ellie McKenzie Northern Knights Vic Metro
Olivia Meagher Eastern Ranges Vic Metro
Isabelle Pritchard Western Jets Vic Metro
Joanna Lin Oakleigh Chargers Vic Metro
Isabella Eddey Sandringham Dragons Vic Metro
Maeve Chaplin Northern Knights Vic Metro
Sarah Verrier Peel Thunder WA
Shanae Davison Swan Districts WA
Isabella Lewis Claremont Tigers WA
Mikayla Morrison East Perth Royals WA

Level 1 Squad:

Amy Prokopiec Clarence TAS
Ally Morphett Murray Bushrangers NSWACT
Teagan Levi Broadbeach QLD
Bella Smith Maroochydore QLD
Maggie Harmer Maroochydore QLD
Mikayla Pauga Maroochydore QLD
Zoe Prowse Sturt SA
Tara Slender Bendigo Pioneers Vic Country
Nyakoat Dojiok GWV Rebels Vic Country
Ella Friend GWV Rebels Vic Country
Jaide Anthony Dandenong Stingrays Vic Country
Tahlia Gillard Calder Cannons Vic Metro
Georgie Prespakis Calder Cannons Vic Metro
Charlie Rowbottom Oakleigh Chargers Vic Metro
Maykaylah Appleby Northern Knights Vic Metro
Charlotte Thomas Subiaco Lions WA
Courtney Rowley Peel Thunder WA

2019/20 AFLW off-season review: Collingwood

IT was a disappointing 2019 season for Collingwood, with a combination of rebuilding through youth and unlucky losses culminating in a Conference wooden spoon. The Magpies were competitive in all their cross-conference games and were unlucky not to potentially get an extra couple of wins, but ultimately could not match it with sides for the full four quarters. After a massive influx of youth walked into the club at the start of last season, it was a different approach 12 months later as Collingwood poached the player of the trade period by securing arch rival Carlton’s captain, Brianna Davey for most of the Magpies’ picks. With pick two and AFL Women’s Rising Star Chloe Molloy also returning after missing the entire 2019 season, the Magpies effectively have two elite talents walking into the Round 1 side.

Aside from Davey, Collingwood had a relatively quiet off-season, with Darcy Guttridge and Iilish Ross departing to expansion clubs, Cecilia McIntosh retired, while the Magpies also delisted a further five players. One of those – Jordan Membrey regained a spot on the Magpies’ list, picked up in the recent AFL Women’s Draft alongside Oakleigh Chargers’ speedster Alana Porter who spent the VFL Women’s season on Collingwood’s list, fellow speedster Machaelia Roberts, former GWS GIANTS’ player Ebony O’Dea and Casey Demons key utility, Kaila Bentveltzen. While the AFL Women’s season was fairly disastrous in terms of wins and losses, the VFL Women’s side took home the premiership, with plenty of AFLW-listed players standing out across the year. That belief, along with the vital inclusions are likely to spur the Magpies on to move up the ladder in season 2020.

OFF-SEASON CHANGES:

IN: Brianna Davey (Carlton), Aishling Sheridan (gaelic), Kaila Bentveltzen (Casey Demons VFLW), Alana Porter (Oakleigh Chargers), Ebony O’Dea (GWS GIANTS), Machaelia Roberts (NT Thunder)
OUT: Darcy Guttridge (St Kilda), Iilish Ross (Richmond), Cecilia McIntosh (retired), Nicole Hildebrand, Melissa Kuys, Georgie Parker, Holly Whitford (delisted)

2020 TEAM LIST:

Sophie Alexander
Jordyn Allen
Kaila Bentveltzen
Britt Bonnici
Ashleigh Brazill
Lauren Butler
Mikala Cann
Sophie Casey
Steph Chiocci
Sarah D’Arcy
Brianna Davey
Sarah Dargan
Erica Fowler
Emma Grant
Georgia Gourlay
Eliza Hynes
Jaimee Lambert
Stacey Livingstone
Katie Lynch
Jordan Membrey
Chloe Molloy
Ebony O’Dea
Alana Porter
Machaelia Roberts
Ruby Schleicher
Maddie Shevlin
Kristy Stratton

Rookies: Sharni Layton, Sarah Rowe, Aishling Sheridan

POTENTIAL 2020 SIDE:

B: Sophie Casey – Stacey Livinstone – Jordyn Allen
HB: Ash Brazill – Ruby Schleicher – Maddie Shevlin
C: Britt Bonnici
HF: Steph Chiocci – Sarah D’Arcy – Sarah Dargan
F: Chloe Molloy – Sophie Alexander – Katie Lynch
R: Sharni Layton* – Brianna Davey – Jaimee Lambert
INT: Eliza Hynes – Emma Grant – Mikala Cann – Georgia Gourlay – Ebony O’Dea
EMG: Sarah Rowe* – Kaila Bentvelzen – Lauren Butler

DEPTH: Erica Fowler, Jordan Membrey, Alana Porter, Machaelia Roberts, Kristy Stratton.

The Magpies’ best 21 is more stable than many other sides, with the draftees likely having to force their way into the side being later picks. Given O’Dea’s links with Steve Symonds through Norwood, the former GWS GIANTS midfielder could well play a specific role within the team and could be a Round 1 starter. The Collingwood defensive back six is pretty settled, with about the last two spots able to be rotated between a number of players, but the likes of Livingstone, Schleicher, Brazill and Casey are pretty set, with Allen and Shevlin able to fill there, or in each of the other thirds on the ground. Bentveltzen has transformed into a defender and could stake a case for a starting role, while Molloy can play at either end. We have her up forward with D’Arcy and Alexander who are the two locks inside 50, while captain Chiocci showed she can play that defensive half-forward role with scoreboard impact as well. Dargan and Lynch fill out the front six because of their upside and rotational ability on wings or through the middle.

The onball brigade is an interesting one. Given Layton’s form at VFLW level, she might well be given first crack at the ruck role, but it is expected they could play the two rucks and Collingwood’s number one ruck from last year – Hynes – will rotate both through that position and up forward. The three midfielders are fairly straight forward, with Davey, Lambert and Bonnici all offering different aspects to the team. The last five to seven spots between the bench and emergency is tough to pick, with the remainder of the list fairly even, and the newbies in Membrey and Roberts already readymade for senior football, while Porter will take some time but could get some games later in the year. Gourlay and Cann made our bench because of their continued improvement at VFLW level and the upside they have, while Grant is a terrific team player likely to be given an early crack to maintain her spot in there.

2019/20 AFLW off-season review: Western Bulldogs

AFTER claiming a maiden AFL Women’s premiership in 2018 and looking impressive from the get-go in 2019, the Western Bulldogs fell away in the second half of the 2019 season to finish wooden spooners in Conference A. There was far from any shame in that, because had they been in the other conference, chances are they would have played finals, but it is what it is and the Dogs missed out on finals in 2019.

The AFL Women’s most active team over the off-season – which is saying something considering there are four expansion sides – the Western Bulldogs had eight players walk out the door to other clubs, and made three further changes with Hayley Wildes the sole retiree. Of the 2019 departures, Katie Brennan and Monique Conti would sting the most, with both genuine top 10 players in the competition, but now will don the yellow and black in season 2020. It leaves the Western Bulldogs with one elite established talent in Ellie Blackburn, but unlike a lot of sides, the Dogs have plenty of next tier talent either ready to break into that elite group, or sub-elite group.

Given the departures over the off-season, the Bulldogs headed into the draft with eight selections having only brought in Melbourne’s Ashleigh Guest as part of a trade that saw reliable defender, Libby Birch off to the Demons. With four selections in the top 10, and a new coach in Nathan Burke at the helm, AFL Women’s Draft Day was always going to be an optimistic one. The recruiting team leaned on Vic Metro Under-18 coach Burke, with the seven selections taken on the day coming from his Metro squad. It not only meant the chemistry between coach and players would already be established, but the team cohesion would also be impressive.

Gabby Newton was picked out as the first selection in the draft and can play any role across the ground, but will likely start in the middle. She could be joined by Northern Knights teammate, Britney Gutknecht in there, while Western Jets’ Elisabeth Georgostathis has the versatility to play anywhere, particularly in that back half. Gemma Lagioia and South Adelaide’s Hannah Munyard – the latter of whom was taken post-draft after the Bulldogs passed and the Crows opted not to select her – running down the ground will be a sight to see for Dogs fans. The Bulldogs also addressed the fact they lost some talent inside 50, with father-daughter selection Isabella Grant and Nell Morris-Dalton providing an aerial presence, as well as ground support in the form of Amelia van Oosterwijck.

OFF-SEASON CHANGES:

IN: Ashleigh Guest (Melbourne), Katy Herron (rookie – Gaelic), Danielle Marshall (rookie – soccer), Gabby Newton, Nell Morris-Dalton, Britney Gutknecht (Northern Knights), Gemma Laioia, Amelia van Oosterwijck (Oakleigh Chargers), Elisabeth Georgostathis, Isabella Grant (Western Jets), Hannah Munyard (South Adelaide).
OUT: Katie Brennan, Monique Conti (Richmond), Selena Karlson, Emma Mackie (St Kilda), Tiarna Ernst (Gold Coast), Belinda Smith, Kate Bartlett (West Coast), Libby Birch (Melbourne), Tessa Boyd, Jesse Davies (delisted), Hayley Wildes (retired).

2020 TEAM LIST:

Deanna Berry
Ellie Blackburn
Eleanor Brown
Nicole Callinan
Naomi Ferres
Ellyse Gamble
Elisabeth Georgostathis
Angelica Gogos
Isabella Grant
Ashleigh Guest
Britney Gutknecht
Bailey Hunt
Isabel Huntington
Gemma Lagioia
Kirsty Lamb
Brooke Lochland
Aisling McCarthy
Kirsten McLeod
Celine Moody
Nell Morris-Dalton
Hannah Munyard
Gabby Newton
Kim Rennie
Hannah Scott
Lauren Spark
Bonnie Toogood
Aisling Utri
Amelia van Oosterwijck
Rookies: Katy Herron, Danielle Marshall

POTENTIAL SIDE:

B: Nicole Callinan – Hannah Scott – Ashleigh Guest
HB: Eleanor Brown – Lauren Spark – Elisabeth Georgostathis
C: Gabby Newton
HF: Bonnie Toogood – Isabel Huntington – Aisling Utri
F: Aisling McCarthy – Isabella Grant – Brooke Lochland
R: Kim Rennie – Ellie Blackburn – Kirsty Lamb
INT: Angelica Gogos – Nell Morris-Dalton – Gemma Lagioia – Naomi Ferres – Britney Gutknecht
EMG: Deanna Berry, Hannah Munyard, Celine Moody

DEPTH: Kirsten McLeod, Amelia van Oosterwijck, Bailey Hunt, Ellyse Gamble, Katy Herron*, Danielle Marshall*

Trying to work out a best 21 for the Western Bulldogs in season 2020 is near impossible, with so many fresh faces coming into the side. It will be a challenge for Burke to balance experience with youth, given that naturally the youth coming through are more developed than their predecessors and could have a greater impact sooner. But the balance is there to ensure that they are not complete pups, and that there are experienced heads guiding the team. Of the new recruits, Ashleigh Guest could fill a role in defence, with the Dogs’ back six going to be interesting outside of Hannah Scott, Lauren Spark and Nicole Callinan, with Burke possibly looking to adopt a running game, which means Eleanor Brown, Elisabeth Georgostathis and Gemma Lagioia could rotate through there, with all of them easily in that best 21. Gabby Newton should play from Round 1 with Knights’ teammate Britney Gutknecht also in the running, as could Isabella Grant and Nell Morris-Dalton, but the forward line structure will be one for the Bulldogs to try and work out given the depth of both talls and smalls up that end. Of the draftees to miss out at this stage, it was the later selections of Amelia Van Oosterwijck and Hannah Munyard, though all two could come in and play a role, with Munyard having tasted senior football, while van Oosterwjck is more of a long-term prospect, but a real goer inside 50. Of the five experienced Dogs we left out – Deanna Berry, Ellyse Gamble, Bailey Hunt, Celine Moody and Kirsten McLeod – Moody is one who could play depending if the Dogs opt for a second ruck with Kim Rennie, Berry is a player who could be in the starting line-up on talent, it is just finding that consistency, while McLeod played six games last season, but with the influx of talent coming in, will be competing for a pot. Hunt and Gamble were on the fringes last season but still managed the three games.

2020 AFL Women’s fixture announced

EIGHT home-and-away season rounds and three weeks of finals are what awaits the AFL Women’s sides in 2020 after the official fixture was announced this morning. The extra week during the regular season and extra week of finals means players will have extended the season by up to two weeks for grand final teams, and at least one week for every other side. The eight-round season will increase to nine and 10 rounds in the 2021 and 2022 seasons respectively.

The 14 teams – including four expansion sides – have been split into two Conferences, with five Vic Metro teams all included in one pool, along with the two West Australian teams, while Geelong, Richmond and North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos are in the other conference with the remaining non-Victorian sides. While the conference system was highly criticised last season given the wooden spooner in Conference A – Western Bulldogs – would have made finals had they been in Conference B with the same win-loss ratio – the talking point in season 2020 will be travel, with the heavily-stacked Victorian conference to have less travel than their counterparts – and non-Victorian sides in the opposite conference.

The three week finals series will begin on April 4-5 with semi-finals, followed by two preliminary finals on April 11-12, and a grand final on the weekend of April 18. In the finals, the minor premiers of each conference advance through to the preliminary finals, to play the winners of second and third in opposing conferences who face-off in the semi-finals.

The season will begin on Friday, February 7, with Richmond and Carlton to open the season at Ikon Park – matching the AFL Men’s tradition. Other matches in Round 1 featuring expansion clubs include West Coast making its AFL Women’s debut at Victoria Park against the Magpies, St Kilda hosting Western Bulldogs, and Gold Coast SUNS travelling to Blacktown to face the GIANTS. In the other three games, North Melbourne travel to Casey Fields to face Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide go head-to-head in a repeat of the 2017 AFL Women’s decider, and Fremantle host Geelong over in the west.

Other blockbuster matches include the Grand Final replay between Adelaide and Carlton on Sunday, March 1 (Round 4), a Western Derby on Saturday, February 15 (Round 2) and a Q-Clash on Saturday, February 22 (Round 3). The latter two games are played at Optus Stadium and Metricon Stadium respectively to attract the largest possible crowds.

Conference A:

Adelaide
Brisbane
Geelong
Gold Coast
GWS GIANTS
North Melbourne
Richmond

Conference B:

Carlton
Collingwood
Fremantle
Melbourne
St Kilda
West Coast
Western Bulldogs

Each team will play every other side in its conference, as well as two sides from the opposite conference. The two crossover games are listed club-by-club below.

Crossover Games:

Adelaide: Carlton, St Kilda
Brisbane: Collingwood, Fremantle
Carlton: Adelaide, Richmond
Collingwood: Brisbane Lions, Geelong
Fremantle: Brisbane Lions, Geelong
Geelong: Collingwood, Fremantle
Gold Coast: Melbourne, West Coast Eagles
GWS Giants: West Coast Eagles, Western Bulldogs
Melbourne: Gold Coast, North Melbourne
North Melbourne: Melbourne, Western Bulldogs
Richmond: Carlton, St Kilda
St Kilda: Adelaide, Richmond
West Coast Eagles: Gold Coast, GWS Giants
Western Bulldogs: GWS Giants, North Melbourne

The ‘big three’s’ take on how the AFLW draft unfolded

GABBY Newton, Lucy McEvoy, and Georgia Patrikios; dubbed pre-draft as the three players vying for the honour of being taken first off the AFL Women’s Draft board.

But ask all three about whether they knew what was to unfold on Tuesday afternoon, and all three almost unanimously insist they had not the slightest clue.

“I wasn’t sure going in,” Bulldogs’ number one pick Newton said. “I knew Lucy and Patrikios were obviously also big contenders but I’m so glad (the Bulldogs) picked me up, I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

“I sort of had no idea coming in so it was just ‘Whatever happens, happens,’ St Kilda’s Patrikios added. “I’m happy to be at the Saints and (I’m) just going to move from there.

“Carlton did say they were keen from the start and I was pretty keen… to get to pick two,” Carlton’s McEvoy told the club’s media team with more conviction. “It’s so good though, so exciting.”

McEvoy was incidentally the one to inadvertently create the ‘big three’ tussle, throwing a spanner in the works as she nominated for the Victorian Metro draft zone. Hailing from Geelong and rising through the Falcons’ junior pathway, it seemed the Cats’ AFLW side was destined to pick up another top-five talent at a cut price after snaring Olivia Purcell with pick 14 last year. That was not to be, with McEvoy’s choice “to get out of (her) comfort zone” planting even more intrigue into the top-end.

“It was pretty much based off my studies next year, I’m hoping to do paramedicine,” she said. “I’ve got my exams coming up so hopefully I can put my best foot forward in that and get the score that I need.”

“I would’ve loved to play at Geelong, I’ve got really good friends there but I think for me to grow, as a person, it would’ve been to tick the Melbourne box.”

In an interesting twist, all three players also had unique ties to pick two holder, Carlton. McEvoy’s father, Phil played 50 reserves games for the Blues during the 1970s and 80s, while Newton played two games this year for their VFLW side and Patrikios is studying sports coaching and development at the club’s College of Sport. Needless to say, they are all still stoked with how it all unfolded nonetheless.

“I just need to pinch myself because I can’t believe it’s actually happening to be honest,” Newton said. “All the girls drafted to the Doggies, Liz (Georgostathis) and Gem (Lagioia) as well and Izzy Grant, they’re all such good friends. “I can’t believe we’re all going in together, it’s so exciting.”

McEvoy, dubbed ‘Big Boy’ as the cousin of Hawthorn ruck Ben, had equal sentiment.

“It’s so exciting… to know that I’m starting at a new club, I get to meet all these new people which I’m so excited about,” she said. “Hopefully I can make a good first impression, I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into it.”

Going against the suggested unknown order of events heading into the big day, Patrikios came armed with arguably the best line of any draftee on the day.

“It’s going to be great to bring footy back to Moorabbin,” she said, becoming an instant hit with the Saints faithful – and likely the marketing department, too.

“Lucy and Gabby are amazing players and even (more) amazing people. “They deserved it, they’ve worked so hard, they’ve put a lot of work in over the last couple of years and they’ve been amazing. “I can’t wait to see how they go next season,” she added, becoming an even bigger hit with her fellow big three buddies.”

Fresh and familiar faces to build Bulldogs’ future

HOLDING four top ten picks – including the first – heading into Tuesday’s AFL Women’s Draft, much of the pre-draft chat surrounded how the Western Bulldogs would use their high-end selections.

They lost superstars Katie Brennan and Monique Conti to league newcomer Richmond after ending their premiership defence with just two wins and at the bottom of a strong Conference A. It called for rejuvenation, a new direction, and their raft of new pups would front it.

Brennan replacements now come in the form of pick one, Gabby Newton and pick six, Nell Morris-Dalton – both key members of the undefeated Northern Knights and Vic Metro sides. Skip a selection over to picks eight and nine and the themes become more evident. Classy speedsters Gemma Lagioia (Oakleigh) and Elisabeth Georgostathis (Western) plug the run-and-carry void left by Conti, with father-daughter selection Isabella Grant, Northern’s Britney Gutknecht, and Oakleigh’s Amelia van Oosterwijck filling out a rejuvenated Dogs list.

Player retention is currently a hot topic in the game, and one would think recruiting seven girls who had all played together under the very same coach they would look up to in their first AFLW season goes a long way to solving that issue. Indeed, new Dogs coach and former Sandringham/Vic Metro mentor Nathan Burke had a huge say in how his new side’s draft hand played out, and it saw his club remain a focal point carrying into the post-draft chat.

While the Brennan/Conti replacement theory is rather basic, wide-eyed and bubbly draftee Lagioia gave a similar analysis of how she might fit into the team alongside fellow outside runner, Georgostathis.

“Obviously there’s some pretty big shoes to fill,” she said. “I think working into it, we won’t be at that level this year but hopefully in the next few years we can really pay back what (the Bulldogs) have given us by taking us so early.”

“We’ve played together before, we’re quite similar players so maybe I’ll play on one wing and Liz will play on the other.”

“Obviously Gabby (Newton) and Nell (Morris-Dalton) are very close, they played at Northern and then we all played together at Vic Metro so it’s just really exciting to be able to stick together and go into a club where you know a lot of people already.”

Hailing from the Western region, Georgostathis’ sense of belonging at her new club comes two-fold, with the versatile runner proud to be the first Jet to find an AFLW home in 2019. Coming in alongside the likes of Lagoia, Newton and Morris-Dalton made the occasion that bit sweeter.

“Yeah I am (happy),” she said. “Being the first Western Jet girl is pretty good, the Jets have helped me so much over the past four years and I’m so grateful for them and all the development and all the staff there.”

“I’m sure the Bulldogs have a great development program and all they want is the best for the girls to help us develop into the future, not just this year but hopefully the next five years.”

“Seeing we’ve played with (Gabby and Nell) in the National Championships we know how they play and we all know how each other work a bit so we can use that on the field… I don’t know if Gem remembers but we played together in the Under-15 National Championships. “We didn’t know each other that well back then but then coming again this year and playing Vic Metro together, it’s pretty good and now playing Bulldogs with (Gemma) is really good.”

Rounding off the consensus sentiment among the new pups was number one pick Newton, who sounded a great advertisement for the Dogs’ tactics in the love shown for each teammate she is set to line up alongside for years to come.

“I love Nell, she’s one of my best friends,” she said. “All the girls drafted to the Doggies, Liz and Gem as well and Izzy Grant, they’re all such good friends. “I can’t believe we’re all going in together, it’s so exciting to have fresh faces in and around the club.”

The use of familiarity in building a future spine could prove to be one of the most fruitful draft strategies of recent times, but a lot has to play out until we can say so for sure. For now though, boy is the 2019 Bulldogs draft class chuffed with being reunited, ready to help Footscray find its way firmly back on the map.

Note: The Western Bulldogs also signed South Adelaide young gun and talented athlete Hannah Munyard today as a free agent.

Gavalas completes “whirlwind” draft day bolt

DRAFT day shocks are ironically commonplace nowadays, and you can add Ellie Gavalas‘ rise to become a top 10 selection to the list.

The 23-year-old had her name called by North Melbourne in the first round of Tuesday’s draft having only taken up the Aussie rules code two years ago. Speaking minutes after the fact, Gavalas was still stuck in the “whirlwind” of her shock early selection with little inkling of it happening beforehand.

“Whirlwind’s a pretty good word,” she said. “I’m feeling pretty excited and shocked at the moment… it’s been a massive year and to top it off to become a Kangaroo is pretty exciting.”

“We’d had a couple of interviews, well one interview but I’d seen (North Melbourne AFLW list manager Rhys Harwood) a couple of times. “But no, I wasn’t expecting anything. I was hoping but not expecting anything so I’m pretty shocked.”

The new Roo’s history in sport runs deep, having moved on from a promising soccer career to pursue a different footballing code. Gavalas grew up in Tasmania but also had family in Melbourne, with her move to the mainland originally inspired by that round-ball potential. Her first meaningful experience with the oblong ball came as she joined the Marcellin Old Collegians in Melbourne’s north-east, sparking a rapid rise to the elite level.

“Coming from just playing footy for two years… mainly this year and last year at Marcellin,” Gavalas said. “It has been a massive whirlwind and I’m pretty excited.”

After her initial experience at Marcellin, Gavalas became a wildcard entrant to Western Bulldogs’ VFLW squad in 2019, making her debut in Round 2 and never looking back to average 16.4 disposals and 4.1 tackles across 16 games – becoming a lock in the grand finalists’ starting 23.

Her move from the Bulldogs into the Kangaroos’ system is akin to that of AFLW superstar Emma Kearney – minus the fanfare – who will undoubtedly form a hardened midfield partnership with Gavalas.

“Absolutely I’m looking forward to playing alongside (Kearney),” she said. “To be playing with someone like Emma is awesome so I’m super excited to get started.”

The switch also marks somewhat of a homecoming for the Apple Isle product, who joins Launceston exports Mia King and Abbey Green at the Tasmanian Roos. The Roos’ home games across Bass Strait and academy connection to the region also bring Gavalas full-circle, and even the best script writers would struggle to match the sentimentality of that journey.

With only her everyday job as a physiotherapist to compete with celebrations and her emerging career, the mature-ager is sure to make an immediate impact among the raft of slightly younger draftees who shared the same honour on Tuesday.

2019 AFL Women’s Draft: Club-by-club selections

NOW the AFL Women’s Draft is done and dusted for another year, we look back at who each club selected, and summarise their drafts in three words, as well as have a brief look at what the clubs might have picked up yesterday.

ADELAIDE:

14. Montana McKinnon (South Adelaide)
37. Najwa Allen (Norwood)
46. Nicole Campbell (South Adelaide)
53. Jaimi Tabb (Woodville West Torrens)
68. Caitlin Gould (Glenelg)
83. Courtney Gum (South Adelaide)
100. Madison Newman (West Adelaide)
102. Chelsea Biddell (West Adelaide)

Three words: Height and experience

It is scary to think just how good this reigning premiers’ outfit could get and deserve to be premiership favourites to make it three flags in four years. Lose a ruck? Pick up the best one in the country. Lose an MVP to a long-term injury? Pick up another one. Need more midfield depth? Pluck the eyes out of the underrated SANFL Women’s competition. A remarkable haul, picking up some talls in Gould and Biddell as well as the incredibly talented McKinnon. Then going midfield depth with SANFL Women’s best and fairest Allen, as well as Campbell and Tabb, then All-Australian defender in Newman. Gum needs no introduction returning to the AFL Women’s. A few players were unlucky not to be picked too…

BRISBANE:

3. Lily Postlethwaite (Maroochydore)
15. Isabel Dawes (Maroochydore)
16. Catherine Svarc (Wilston Grange)
17. Hannah Hillman (Coorparoo)
20. Lucy Bellinger (Glenelg)
28. Tahlia Hickie (Coorparoo)
45. Selina Priest (Coolangatta-Tweed)
60. Dakota Davidson (University of Queensland)
75. Maria Moloney (University of Queensland)

Three words: Versatility the key

Picked up two of the best Under-18 available talents in Postlethwaite and Dawes who will provide a hard edge as well as slick skills and talent beyond their years. They opted for height, but versatile height with Tahlia Hickie able to play ruck but fill in up forward, while Bellinger can play a role at either end after her season in Glenelg. Add in the experienced Svarc, the highly rated Hillman, and then a couple of roughies late from the University of Queensland, and the Lions will have some genuine Round 1 starters from this haul.

CARLTON:

2. Lucy McEvoy (Geelong Falcons)
13. Grace Egan (Richmond VFLW)
26. Brooke Vernon (Dandenong)
36. Sharnie Whiting (Williamstown)
44. Serena Gibbs (Eastern Ranges)
52. Vaomua Laloifi (Western Bulldogs VFLW)
59. Courtney Jones (Southern Saints)

Three words: Strength and defence

Whether it was accidental or not – highly unlikely – every player Carlton picked has somewhat of a hard or aggressive edge to their game. All seven selections have strong bodies made for AFL Women’s football, the vast majority play in the defensive half. Vernon, Laloifi and Egan could slot straight into the back six. Whiting could play at either end, Jones the same as a smaller option, Gibbs can rotate through the ruck or be that tall forward chopping out Darcy Vescio and Tayla Harris, and then there’s McEvoy who can do anything on the football field.

COLLINGWOOD:

67. Kaila Bentvelzen (Casey Demons)
74. Jordan Membrey (Hawthorn VFLW)
82. Alana Porter (Oakleigh Chargers)
89. Ebony O’Dea (GWS Giants/Norwood)
94. Machaelia Donna Roberts (NT Thunder)

Three words: Need for speed

With the picks Collingwood had, it was always likely to be mature agers, and all bar one were just that. Bentveltzen can play up either end but performed strongest as a defender, while Membrey makes her way back onto the Collingwood list after being delisted. O’Dea rejoins the ranks after previously playing at the GIANTS and has been coached by incumbent leader Steve Symonds at Norwood, while Porter and Roberts provide much needed speed to the Magpies’ outfit and will add to the stronger bodies acquired over the last couple of seasons, including Bri Davey.

FREMANTLE:

12. Roxanne Roux (East Fremantle)
21. Mim Strom (Swan Districts)
35. Ann McMahon (East Fremantle)
51. Emma O’Driscoll (Swan Districts)
66. Sarah Garstone (Claremont)
81. Janelle Cuthbertson (Perth Angels)
85. Bianca Webb (Swan Districts)

Three words: Youth the priority

Snapped up the two highest rated top-age talents in Roux and Strom with their first two selections, then scooped up over-agers O’Driscoll and Garstone, as well as Webb late. It meant five of the Dockers’ picks were 18 or 19-year-olds giving them plenty to work with in the future. McMahon is highly rated over in Western Australia as a versatile midfielder, while Cuthbertson is the surprise packet, likely to provide a spark for the Dockers.

GEELONG:

11. Millie Brown – father-daughter selection (Murray Bushrangers)
34. Gemma Wright (Carlton VFLW)
50. Nicole Garner (Casey Demons)
65. Mia Skinner (Geelong Falcons)
80. Amy McDonald (Geelong VFLW)
98. Madison Maguire (Geelong VFLW)

Three words: Close ties important

With three players from the Geelong system – the VFL Women’s side and one of those from the Falcons – the Cats kept their local flavour alive in their selections. They had to pay up for Brown with their first pick, but the running defender was worth it. With the talented Skinner up the other end, the Cats looked to fill holes with experience, such as McDonald and Maguire, while Gemma Wright came in from Carlton, and Garner crossed the bay from Casey.

GOLD COAST:

18. Serene Watson (Bond University)
22. Hannah Dunn (Queanbeyan/Norwood)
38. Alexia Hamilton (Queanbeyan)
42. Brittany Perry (North Adelaide)
57. Cheyanne Hammond (South Adelaide)
69. Dee Heslop (Yeronga)
86. Jade Pregelj (Yeronga)
91. Georgia Breward (Coolangatta-Tweed)

Three words: Value for picks

If Mia King and Isabella Grant were rated as steals, then you have to consider Georgia Breward as one too. Highly rated junior coming off an ACL injury, she will be much better than her pick 91 suggests. The SUNS grabbed some great youth defensive talent in Heslop and Watson, the high-flying Hamilton who missed out last year after representing the Eastern Allies, and some experience from the SANFL Women’s in Dunn, Perry and Hammond. They are ready to compete from early on.

GWS:

4. Maggie Gorham (Belconnen)
23. Lisa Steane (Nelson Bay)
29. Annalyse Lister (Darebin Falcons)
61. Sarah Halvorsen (Newcastle City)
76. Emily Goodsir (East Coast Eagles)
90. Georgia Garnett (East Coast Eagles)
95. Tait Mackrill (UNSW Eastern Suburbs)
97. Rebecca Privitelli (UNSW Eastern Suburbs)
99. Lisa Whiteley (UNSW Eastern Suburbs)

Three words: Keeping it local

Like most years, the GIANTS always focus on the locals with obviously that being the accessible talent pool. It meant many of the players have represented the GWS GIANTS’ VFL Women’s side in Mackrill, Privitelli, Goodsir, Whiteley and Steane, while the speedy Gorham is highly rated and another Canberra player. Lister is the exception coming from Darebin, while Garnett is the highly rated youngster and future leader who is a steal at pick 90 – not that it matters given the standalone access to the draftees.

MELBOURNE:

54. Jacqueline Parry (Queanbeyan Tigers)
72. Brenna Tarrant (East Coast Eagles)
77. Gabrielle Colvin (Darebin Falcons)
78. Krstel Petrevski (Calder Cannons)

Three words: Nice defensive cover

The Demons picked out a number of surprise players with limited picks available, predominantly looking at the defensive end of the field. Tarrant is the pick of the Under-18 duo, named full-back in the All-Australian side hailing from New South Wales. Petrevski is the cousin of Carlton’s Sam Petrevski-Seton and Brisbane’s Cedric Cox so has footballing blood in the family, and while still raw has plenty of upside as a skilful midfielder-defender. Colvin can also provide defensive support as a tall option, while looking up the other end, Parry was AFL Canberra’s leading goalkicker in a premiership side.

NORTH MELBOURNE:

10. Ellie Gavalas (Western Bulldogs VFLW)
32. Sarah Wright (Carlton VFLW)
49. Mia King (Launceston)
64. Tahni Nestor (Melbourne University)
79. Abbey Green (Launceston)

Three words: King 49? Unbelievable.

You will not find a greater steal in this draft than Mia King at pick 49. A clear first-round talent, the Kangaroos have access to King through the club’s link to Tasmania and to grab the All-Australian inside midfielder with 49 is remarkable. They sprung a surprise picking up experienced midfielder Gavalas at pick 10 to buck the trend of the first nine, then went for experience outside of King, with Carlton’s runner-up best and fairest winner Wright, one from their own backyard in former Blue, Nestor, and Launceston’s Green to add to the Tasmanian link.

RICHMOND:

7. Sophie Molan (GWV Rebels)
25. Laura McClelland (Eastern Ranges)
31. Ella Wood (GMV Rebels)
40. Sarah Sansonetti (Northern Knights)
43. Holly Whitford (Melbourne University)
55. Nekaela Butler (GWV Rebels)
58. Cleo Saxon-Jones (Western Jets)
71. Laura Bailey (Richmond VFLW)
73. Emma Horne (Eastern Ranges)
84. Kate Dempsey (Richmond VFLW)
87. Ciara Fitzgerald (Northern Knights)
93. Emily Harley (Oakleigh Chargers)
96. Lauren Tesoriero (Richmond VFLW)

Three words: Rebels, Tigers, Knights

A really underrated draft by the tigers, they just targeted all areas of the field. First they looked at young talent, then experienced heads, keeping players from the same clubs together to ease the introduction into the AFL Women’s. The trio of Rebels lead by Molan will be superb, Sansonetti provides great defensive cover, McClelland can play anywhere and Saxon-Jones is arguably the best contested mark from the Under 18s. Add in some of their highly rated Richmond VFL Women’s players – including Horne who joins McClelland at the Tigers, and remarkably, the recruiting manager in Tesoriero who is coming off an ACL injury. Whitford gets a second chance after being delisted by the Pies too.

ST KILDA:

5. Georgia Patrikios (Calder Cannons)
24. Rosie Dillon (Hawthorn VFLW)
27. Nicola Xenos (Oakleigh Chargers)
30. Tarni White (Coorparoo)
33. Tamara Luke (Hawthorn VFLW)
41. Hannah Priest (Norwood)
63. Pass

Three words: Speed and X-factor

This is going to be an exciting team, with St Kilda picking up one of the top three Victorians in Patrikios who will provide terrific outside ball use to compliment Dillon and the rest of the inside brigade, while Priest can play a multitude of roles in the defensive half. Xenos has that break-neck speed coming off half-back or on the wing, while White could be the pick of the bunch with the right development given her obvious talent as an Under 18s All-Australian at just 16-years-old. Luke will also add experience in the ruck for the new side.

WEST COAST:

19. Imahra Cameron (Swan Districts)
39. Sophie McDonald (Claremont)
56. Tarnee Tester (Subiaco)
70. Katherine Orme (Claremont)
92. Talia Radan (Hawthorn VFLW)
101. Chantella Perera (Hawthorn VFLW)

Three words: Defensive cover, check.

The defensive end was a clear target for the Eagles in this draft, picking up young cross-coding key defender Sophie McDonald – who they announced pre-draft they would select – as well as experienced tall Radan who crosses the Nullarbor for her third AFL Women’s opportunity, joined on the plane by Hawks’ teammate Perera. Tester is a highly rated goalkicker in Western Australia to break the trend, while Cameron provides that explosive pace and good skills to the team in the forward half. Outside of drafting your recruiter, your social media manager would be a close second in terms of remarkable stories, but experienced Orme can now have a more hands-on experience at training.

WESTERN BULLDOGS:

1. Gabby Newton (Northern Knights)
6. Nell Morris-Dalton (Northern Knights)
8. Gemma Lagioia (Oakleigh Chargers)
9. Elisabeth Georgostathis (Western Jets)
47. Isabella Grant – father-daughter selection (Western Jets)
48. Britney Gutknecht (Northern Knights)
62. Amelia Van Oosterwijck (Oakleigh Chargers)
88. Pass

Three words: Hello again, Burkey.

They were never going to lose in this draft, and the Bulldogs stuck to what they know, with little doubt new coach Nathan Burke having a massive say in the draftees. It is rare that a coach at the elite level has the chance to have coached every single draftee, but that is the situation for Burke, who picked up seven Vic Metro Under-18 players from his undefeated team this year. Newton is as versatile as they come, Gutknecht and Georgostathis provide versatility in their halves as well as a hard-edge on the inside, Lagioia has that outside speed along with Van Oosterwijck who is a unique prospect as a pure small forward. Morris-Dalton was a bolter in the draft but the Dogs did not want to take any chances, and she joins Grant inside 50, of whom the latter was picked up for relative peanuts considering her upside, and the benefit of having so many top-end picks and a massive gap to the next selection.

2019 AFL Women’s Draft: Full Order

TODAY is the day when AFL Women’s dreams are made, and we will update the draft order as it happens. Keep checking back to see how your team has performed.

Round 1

1 Western Bulldogs – Gabby Newton (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
2 Carlton – Lucy McEvoy (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
3 Brisbane Lions – Lily Postlethwaite (Maroochydore/Queensland)
4 GWS Giants – Maggie Gorham (Belconnen Magpies)
5 St Kilda – Georgia Patrikios (Calder Cannons/Vic Metro)
6 Western Bulldogs – Nell Morris-Dalton (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
7 Richmond – Sophie Molan (GWV Rebels/Vic Country)
8 Western Bulldogs – Gemma Lagioia (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
9 Western Bulldogs – Elisabeth Georgostathis (Western Jets/Vic Metro)
10 North Melbourne – Ellie Gavalas (Western Bulldogs VFLW)
11 Geelong Cats – Millie Brown (Murray Bushrangers/Vic Country)
12 Fremantle – Roxanne Roux (East Fremantle/Western Australia)
13 Carlton – Grace Egan (Richmond VFLW)
14 Adelaide Crows – Montana McKinnon (South Adelaide)
15 Brisbane Lions – Isabel Dawes (Maroochydore)
16 Brisbane Lions – Catherine Svarc (Wilston Grange)
17 Brisbane Lions – Hannah Hillman (Coorparoo)
18 Gold Coast Suns – Serene Watson (Bond University)

Round 2

19 West Coast – Imahra Cameron (Swan Districts)
20 Brisbane Lions – Lucy Bellinger (Glenelg)
21 Fremantle – Mim Strom (South Fremantle)
22 Gold Coast Suns – Hannah Dunn (Norwood)
23 GWS Giants – Lisa Steane (Nelson Bay)
24 St Kilda – Rosie Dillon (Hawthorn VFLW)
25 Richmond – Laura McClelland (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
26 Carlton – Brooke Vernon (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
27 St Kilda – Nicola Xenos (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
28 Brisbane Lions – Tahlia Hickie (Coorparoo)
29 GWS Giants – Annalyse Lister (Darebin Falcons)
30 St Kilda – Tarni White (Coorparoo)
31 Richmond – Ella Wood (GWV Rebels)
32 North Melbourne – Sarah Wright (Carlton VFLW)
33 St Kilda – Tamara Luke (Hawthorn VFLW)
34 Geelong Cats – Gemma Wright (Carlton VFLW)
35 Fremantle – Ann McMahon (East Fremantle)
36 Carlton – Sharnie Whiting (Williamstown)
37 Adelaide Crows – Najwa Allan (Norwood)
38 Gold Coast Suns – Alexia Hamilton (Queanbeyan)
39 West Coast – Sophie McDonald (Claremont)
40 Richmond – Sarah Sansonetti (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
41 St Kilda – Hannah Priest (Norwood)

Round 3

42 Gold Coast Suns – Brit Perry (North Adelaide)
43 Richmond – Holly Whitford (Melbourne University)
44 Carlton – Serena Gibbs (Eastern Ranges)
45 Brisbane Lions – Selena Priest (Coolangatta-Tweed)
46 Adelaide Crows – Nicole Campbell (South Adelaide)
47 Western Bulldogs – Isabella Grant (Western Jets)
48 Western Bulldogs – Britney Gutknecht (Northern Knights)
49 North Melbourne – Mia King (Launceston)
50 Geelong Cats – Nicole Garner (Casey Demons)
51 Fremantle – Emma O’Driscoll (Swan Districts)
52 Carlton – Vaomua Laloifi (Western Bulldogs VFLW)
53 Adelaide Crows – Jaimi Tabb (Woodville West Torrens)
54 Melbourne – Jacqueline Parry (Queanbeyan)
55 Richmond – Nekaela Butler (GWV Rebels)
56 West Coast – Tarnee Tester (Subiaco)
57 Gold Coast Suns – Cheyenne Hammond (South Adelaide)

Round 4

58 Richmond – Cleo Saxon-Jones (Western Jets)
59 Carlton – Courtney Jones (Southern Saints)
60 Brisbane Lions – Dakota Davidson (University of Queensland)
61 GWS Giants – Sarah Halvorsen (Newcastle City)
62 Western Bulldogs – Amelia Van Oosterwijck (Oakleigh Chargers)
63 St Kilda – Pass
64 North Melbourne – Tahni Nestor (Melbourne University)
65 Geelong Cats – Mia Skinner (Geelong Falcons)
66 Fremantle – Sarah Garstone (Claremont)
67 Collingwood – Kaila Bentvelzen (Casey Demons)
68 Adelaide Crows – Caitlin Gould (Glenelg)
69 Gold Coast Suns – Dee Heslop (Yeronga)
70 West Coast – Katherine Orme (Claremont)
71 Richmond – Laura Bailey (Richmond VFLW)
72 Melbourne – Brenna Tarrant (East Coast Eagles)

Round 5

73 Richmond – Emma Horne (Eastern Ranges)
74 Collingwood – Jordan Membrey (Hawthorn VFLW)
75 Brisbane Lions – Maria Moloney (University of Queensland)
76 GWS Giants – Emily Goodsir (East Coast Eagles)
77 Melbourne – Gabby Colvin (Darebin)
78 Melbourne – Krstel Petrevski (Calder Cannons)
79 North Melbourne – Abbey Green (Launceston)
80 Geelong Cats – Amy McDonald (Geelong VFLW)
81 Fremantle – Janelle Cuthbertson (Perth Angels)
82 Collingwood – Alana Porter (Oakleigh Chargers)
83 Adelaide Crows – Courtney Gum (South Adelaide)
84 Richmond – Kate Dempsey (Richmond VFLW)
85 Fremantle – Bianca Webb (Swan Districts)
86 Gold Coast Suns – Jade Pregelj (Yaronga)

Round 6

87 Richmond – Ciara Fitzgerald (Northern Knights)
88 Western Bulldogs – Pass
89 Collingwood – Ebony O’Dea (Norwood)
90 GWS Giants – Georgia Garnett (East Coast Eagles)
91 Gold Coast Suns – Georgia Breward (Coolangatta-Tweed)
92 West Coast – Talia Radan (Hawthorn VFLW)
93 Richmond – Emily Harley (Oakleigh Chargers)
94 Collingwood – Machaelia Roberts (NT Thunder)
95 GWS Giants – Tait Mackrill (GWS VFLW)
96 Richmond – Lauren Tesoriero (Richmond VFLW)
97 GWS Giants – Rebecca Privitelli (GWS VFLW)
98 Geelong Cats – Madisen Maguire (Geelong VFLW)
99 GWS Giants – Lisa Whiteley (GWS VFLW)

Round 7

100 Adelaide Crows – Madison Newman (West Adelaide)
101 West Coast – Chantella Perera (Hawthorn VFLW)
102 Adelaide Crows – Chelsea Biddell (West Adelaide)