List changes: Exciting forward among three Blues delisted

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CARLTON has delisted three players after a frustrating two-win season, including exciting small forward Poppy Schaap.

Schaap, who was added to the list as an inactive player replacement earlier this year for season six, played the last two games this season, kicking three goals in the process.

Untried key defender Jess Jones and former Gold Coast midfielder Charlotte Hammans have also not been offered contracts for next season.

Hammans was traded to Carlton before the 2021 season after one season and no games at the Suns. She played five games for the Blues, including one this season.

Jones was taken with the final pick in the 2022 draft from North Melbourne's VFLW side but didn't make a senior appearance.

NORTH MELBOURNE

NORTH Melbourne has begun its off-season list changes, delisting inaugural Roo Sophie Abbatangelo and untried ruck Grace Matser.

Abbatangelo was signed as a free agent from Melbourne Uni during North Melbourne's initial list build and played 42 games for the club, kicking 29 goals in the process.

Sophie Abbatangelo ahead of North Melbourne's preliminary final against Melbourne. Picture: AFL Photos

Matser was taken with pick 51 in this year's draft as tall depth, but wasn't able to make her debut in season seven.

"We thank Sophie and Grace for their contributions to our club, these decisions are never easy or taken lightly," North Melbourne head of AFLW Nathan Hrovat said. 
 
"A member of our inaugural AFLW team, Sophie and her family have played a big part of the club’s AFLW journey, and we thank them for their contribution. Whilst with us for only a short time, Grace demonstrated a great attitude and commitment to her football. We wish Grace all the best for her future."

MELBOURNE

MELBOURNE has delisted three players, including former Fremantle goalsneak Sabreena Duffy. 

Signed as an undrafted free agent ahead of season seven, Duffy played four games and kicked four goals before a persistent foot injury kept her on the sidelines.

Brown was drafted late last season after stints at both Carlton and St Kilda, offering the Demons some handy defensive depth, playing four games across two seasons.

Ali Brown marks the ball during round two, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Meanwhile the untried Little was added to the list four months ago as an injury replacement player.

"Unfortunately, ahead of the release of any list rules, we needed to bring our squad size back down to the regular 30 positions leaving these three players without a contract," Melbourne AFLW list manager Todd Patterson said. 

"Each player in our program has a unique and special journey and these three are no different. For players like Ella and Sabreena to uproot their lives in pursuit of their dream is quite incredible and they definitely played a part in our success this season. 

"The same goes for Ali who, after an up and down experience in the AFLW, fought hard through our VFLW program and was always reliable, well-humoured and hardworking. 

"These decisions are never easy but all three of these players will forever be a part of our inaugural premiership." 

Ella Little in action during the U18 Championships match between Vic Metro and South Australia on April 22, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

SYDNEY

SYDNEY has made its first list changes, delisting Zoe Hurrell and injury replacement player Gen Lawson Tavan. 

Hurrell, signed via expansion out of the local Sydney competition, made her debut in round eight against Essendon on her 21st birthday, goaling with her first kick.  

Meanwhile, Lawson Tavan was the last player added to Sydney's inaugural list, signed from the Darebin Falcons to replace the injured Alice Mitchell. After debuting in round one she went on to play seven games in defence. 

Zoe Hurrell during Sydney's clash against Essendon in round eight, S7, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

"Both Gen and Zoe should be commended for the way they approached this season. It was a challenging year, given we had a very short time to pull the team together, and both players showed they were willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work," Sydney's executive general manager of AFLW Kate Mahony said. 

"On behalf of everyone at the Swans I would like to thank Gen and Zoe for their contribution and wish them all the best for the future." 

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RICHMOND

RICHMOND has begun its off-season list changes, choosing not to renew Hannah Burchell's contract for 2023. 

An inaugural Tiger, Burchell played one game for Geelong before making the move to Punt Road where she played 18 games across three seasons. 

Unfortunately, an ACL rupture in round five earlier in the year meant Burchell was inactive for season seven. 

"We would like to thank Hannah for her dedication across her four years with us," Richmond head of women's football Kate Sheahan said. 

"Hannah has played her part in building our women’s program and can be proud to have been one of our inaugural players. We wish her and her family all the best for the future." 

Hannah Burchell in action in Richmond's clash with Melbourne in round two, AFLW season six. Picture: AFL Photos

ADELAIDE

ADELAIDE has farewelled two-time premiership player Ailish Considine, opting to not renew the Irishwoman's contract for next season. 

Joining the club in 2019 as a crosscode rookie, Considine played 26 games, including the 2019 and season six Grand Final victories, kicking nine goals in the process. 

A severe hamstring injury prevented Considine from playing a game during season seven as the Crows reached a preliminary final in their premiership defence. 

"In the end, the decision was made to not offer Ailish a contract for next year as we continue to rejuvenate our squad," Adelaide head of women's football Phil Harper said. 

"We appreciate everything Ailish has done for the Crows, it’s no mean feat to give up her life to move to the other side of the world to play for our club. She will always be a part of the Crows family and a dual Premiership player." 

Justine Mules and Ailish Considine celebrate winning the 2022 AFLW Grand Final on April 9, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

ESSENDON

EXPANSION side Essendon has announced its first list changes, delisting Jordan Zanchetta, Bella Ayre, and Olivia Barton. 

Zanchetta, who was part of Essendon's 2022 VFLW premiership after four seasons and 13 games with Brisbane, played three games for the Bombers this year. Fellow former Lion Ayre failed to make her Essendon debut after an injury-plagued season. 

Defender Barton, recruited from Port Melbourne's VFLW program via expansion, played one game for Essendon in round seven. 

Jordan Zanchetta kicks the ball during Essendon's clash against West Coast in round three, S7, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

"Bella, Jordan and Olivia have shown great commitment and dedication to Essendon Football Club in our inaugural AFLW season. The players should all be very proud of the role they played in helping to build our club culture and we thank them for their contribution," Essendon AFLW list and recruiting manager Georgia Harvey said. 

FREMANTLE

FREMANTLE forward Ashley Sharp has chosen to step away from football for family reasons. 

After sitting out the last two seasons to recover from giving birth to son Spencer late last year, Sharp has decided to move away from the AFLW for the time being, but is keeping the door ajar for a return in the future. 

"Since being on maternity leave, I've realised my priority is currently spending as much time as possible with my son and family and potentially making a return to professional football down the track," Sharp said. 

Sharp made her debut in round one, 2017 in Fremantle's inaugural AFLW match, and kicked 25 goals across her 34 games. 

"Ashley was an integral part of Fremantle's women's program for the first five seasons and that wasn't always an easy time for the side," Fremantle head of AFLW Bob Murphy said.  

"She became a reliable target in the forward half and had the ability to spark players around her. We wish Ashley and her family all the best and would love to see her return to the game she loves in the future."

Ashley Sharp kicks the ball during Fremantle's clash against Gold Coast in round four, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

GREATER Western Sydney has delisted Georgie Fowler and Casidhe Simmons.

Forward Fowler, 18, made her debut last season, playing two games, but only added an additional match in season seven.

She was drafted with pick No.59 in the 2021 NAB AFLW Draft from East Coast Eagles.

Simmons was selected with the very next pick from UNSW-ES Bulldogs.

Casidhe Simmons at GWS training on August 11, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

The 27-year-old former heptathlete played two games last season, but nose and concussion issues prevented her from adding to the tally in season seven. 

"This is a hard time for these players, but we truly thank them for helping to build the Giants and wish them well for their next chapter," head of women's football Briana Harvey said.

The official dates for the AFLW Sign and Trade Period are yet to be confirmed. 

PORT ADELAIDE

PORT Adelaide has made its first list change after its inaugural season, with ruck Liz McGrath not offered a contract for 2023. 

McGrath won North Melbourne's VFLW best and fairest not long after being recruited by the Power and played three games at AFLW level before a hamstring injury put an end to her season. 

"We are grateful to Liz for relocating to South Australia to join Port Adelaide shortly before pre-season began," Port Adelaide list manager Naomi Maidment said. 

"Liz brought enthusiasm and energy to the group and we wish her all the best for what comes next." 

Liz McGrath poses for a photo during Port Adelaide's team photo day on August 11, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

WEST COAST

WEST Coast has delisted four players, including inaugural Eagles Hayley Bullas and Imahra Cameron. 

Joining the Eagles via its expansion phase, Bullas played 30 games for the club including seven this season, kicking five goals in that time. 

Cameron was drafted with pick 19 in the 2019 draft, and kicked 10 goals in her 25 games, including three in West Coast's third-ever win in 2021. 

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Alongside the inaugural pair, young defender Emily Bennett and inactive replacement player Ashleigh Gomes have also been delisted after nine and two games respectively. 

"It is never easy making these decisions," West Coast head of women's football Michelle Cowan said.  

"All four of the players have been part of what we are building with the program. It was particularly difficult with regards Hayley and Imahra as they have been with us since inception. 

"I would like to thank each of them for their contributions to the club and wish them well for the future."