AFLW Draft preview: All you need to know
Originally published by AFL.com.au.
THERE will be nearly 70 new players on AFL Women’s team lists at the conclusion of Tuesday’s NAB AFL Women’s Draft, held at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.
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Below is your one-stop shop draft preview, featuring information about the draft, what type of player your club may target and who some of the best young talent are.
The draft will be live streamed from 11.45am.
1. There will be 10 AFLW clubs in 2019, with Geelong and North Melbourne joining Adelaide, Brisbane, Carlton, Collingwood, Fremantle, Greater, Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs.
2. By the final list lodgement, each team will have 28 main list players and two cross-code rookies.
3. Due to the part-time nature of the competition, players have to nominate the state or region where they wish to be drafted.
4. The Northern Territory is aligned with the Adelaide Crows and Tasmania is aligned with North Melbourne, while Victoria is divided into three draft categories: Victoria (all six clubs), Melbourne metro (the five city-based clubs) and Geelong.
5. Clubs have the option of passing on their final pick if they wish to sign an undrafted player from another state as a free agent. Victorian Sarah Perkins was signed by Adelaide under this rule in 2016.
6. The draft order was decided using the reverse order of the 2018 ladder, with changes made after trades and additional picks granted to new club Geelong, which was deemed to have fewer players with AFLW experience after its initial list build.
7. There are 70 picks spread over nine rounds. Three have already been used, with Carlton selecting Abbie McKay as a father-daughter signing (her dad Andrew played for the club), and Collingwood using picks 29 and 70 on Sophie Alexander and Erica Fowler respectively as compensation picks granted by the AFL for an injury to Chloe Molloy and loss of players to other clubs.
WHAT PICK YOUR CLUB HAS AND WHAT THEY NEED:
- Outside run to support the contested work of Ebony Marinoff and Erin Phillips.
- Speedy forward to replace Ruth Wallace (unavailable for personal reasons).
- Ruck support for Rhiannon Metcalfe (Jess Allan unavailable because of work commitments).
- Draft picks: 8, 30, 37, 41, 48, 53
- First-choice ruck after Tahlia Randall’s move to North Melbourne.
- Dynamic winger to replace Kaitlyn Ashmore (North Melbourne).
- An x-factor forward covering Sophie Conway (torn ACL).
- Draft picks: 9, 22, 33, 45, 56, 61
- Key defenders, after Danielle Hardiman and Kate Gillespie-Jones moved to North Melbourne.
- Speedy outside midfielders.
- Draft picks: 3, 16*, 21, 27, 38, 40, 42, 49
*Used pick 16 on father-daughter Abbie McKay
- Rebound defenders to replace Jess Duffin (North Melbourne), Chloe Molloy (foot injury) and Caitlyn Edwards (retirement).
- All types of forwards, after having lost Jasmine Garner, Moana Hope (North Melbourne) and Christina Bernardi (Greater Western Sydney).
- Draft picks: 5, 11, 13, 18, 19, 29*, 32, 51, 70*
*Pre-signed Sophie Alexander (29) and Erica Fowler (70) to cover for player turnover and injuries.
- Key forwards, having delisted Emily McGuire and Stacey Barr, while Amy Lavell has retired.
- A combination of contested ball-winners and good outside users to support Kara Donnellan, given the delisting of Lara Filocamo.
- Draft picks: 4, 17, 28, 39, 40, 59, 64, 66, 68
- Youth, having primarily signed older VFLW players in its expansion signing period.
- Draft picks: 1, 2, 7, 14, 20, 24, 35, 47, 57, 62
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
- Key defenders; were exposed at times last season.
- A quick winger to bolster the midfield
- Draft picks: 12, 43, 54, 60, 65, 67, 69
- Replacing Daisy Pearce (pregnancy), both in the midfield and for leadership.
- A third forward to support Tegan Cunningham and Eden Zanker.
- A key defender to cover for Anna Teague and Melissa Hickey (both Geelong).
- Draft picks: 6, 15, 31, 44, 52
- Similar to fellow expansion club Geelong, a few younger players.
- Draft picks: 25, 36, 55, 58, 63
- Strong inside midfielders, having lost Emma Kearney and Jenna Bruton to North Melbourne
- Tall forwards to support Katie Brennan and Isabel Huntington (who is recovering from a knee reconstruction).
- Draft picks: 10, 23, 26, 34, 46
SOME NAMES TO LOOK FOR
In the lead-up to Tuesday’s draft, AFL.com.au has profiled some of the top prospects.
There are 12 stories in all, featuring 13 players. Missed one? Check out our guide below, with links to the articles.
Alyce Parker, New South Wales
The contested midfielder has a ‘don’t argue’ to rival her hero, Dustin Martin, but will be moving away from the family farm to join Greater Western Sydney.
Chloe and Libby Haines, Tasmania (North Melbourne draft pool)
Versatile twins who only started playing two years ago. Most recently, Libby has played in defence with Chloe up the other end of the ground.
Janet Baird, Northern Territory (Adelaide draft pool)
Baird is a highly talented and composed intercept defender from the Top End.
Tori Groves-Little, Queensland
Over the past few years we’ve seen an influx of players from other sports, including basketball, netball, soccer and touch rugby, but competitive skipping? That’s a new one.
Emerson Woods, Vic Metro
A speedy winger, Woods is a relatively recent convert to football from basketball and has grown more assured of herself as the year has progressed.
Nikki Gore, South Australia
Gore, a hard-bodied midfielder, is a powerful runner and a strong clearing kick, who started distance education in year 10 to help work around her footy commitments.
McKenzie Dowrick, Western Australia (nominated for Queensland draft pool)
Dowrick is incredibly versatile, her reading of the ball and sure hands see her suited to nearly every position on the ground. Also one of the best kicks of the under-18 crop.
Tyla Hanks, Vic Country (nominated for Melbourne Metro draft pool)
AFLW talent manager Aasta O’Connor, who runs the AFLW Academy, is a huge rap for Hanks, believing the highly competitive midfielder could be a future captain.
Danielle Ponter, Northern Territory (Adelaide draft pool)
The ultra-talented forward is the niece of Michael Long and the first cousin of Cyril Rioli, and could be the next member of one of football’s greatest dynasties to play the game at the top level.
Sabreena Duffy, Western Australia
Duffy’s an unusual character. In the words of her West Australian coach Trent Cooper, the state captain has got an unorthodox running style but she’s full of heart.
Madison Prespakis, Vic Metro (nominated for Melbourne Metro draft pool)
A highly competitive midfielder who can play either on the inside or outside and has long been spoken of as a top pick.
Nina Morrison, Vic Country (nominated for Geelong draft pool)
She’s bolted into the top tier of the draft pecking order on the back of a stunning year of footy with under-18 sides Geelong Falcons and Vic Country and Geelong’s VFLW team. So, what’s so special about the winger called Nina?