Your club's draft: Under-18s, state league players and more find new homes

THE AFL Womens' ranks have swelled by 100 players after Tuesday's NAB AFLW Draft, with a host of under-18s, state league players and second-chancers having their names called out.

Just two spots remain, with St Kilda and Western Bulldogs holding a spot each for a free agent signing of an player overlooked in the draft, which must be completed by Friday afternoon. 


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

A star young ruck kicks off Adelaide's draft haul, with Montana McKinnon unsurprisingly taken with the Crows' first pick. With Jess Foley and Rhiannon Metcalfe on the list, it'll be interesting to see where McKinnon fits in. 

Tall midfielder Najwa Allen has had an outstanding SANFLW season, winning the competition's best and fairest, while former soccer player Nicole Campbell has line-breaking speed out of defence. 

Key position utility Caitlin Gould has only played two years of footy and is a former state volleyballer. Midfielder Madison Newman has graduated out of the under-18 pathway, while key forward Chelsea Biddell looks likely to slot into a hole in attack if Chloe Scheer and/or Erin Phillips don't recover in time from their torn ACLs. 

Meanwhile former AFLPA MVP Courtney Gum doesn't need much introduction, the classy midfielder talked out of retirement to take the spot of Hannah Martin, who was placed on the inactive list due to a knee reconstruction.

Montana McKinnon is selected at number 14 by Chelsea Randall of the Crows. Picture: AFL Photos


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

The Lions were decimated by the expansion period, so had a large draft haul as a consequence. 

Small Maroochydore pair Lily Postlethwaite (midfield) and Isabel Dawes (forward) have played a lot of footy coming through the junior ranks and are classy users of the footy. 

Catherine Svarc has trained with the Lions previously and looks set to slot into the spot left by Sam Virgo, who moved to Gold Coast. Ruck Hannah Hillman has impressive aerobic capacity, having won the 2km time trial at this year's NAB AFLW Draft Combine. 

She's not the only tall to join the list, with South Australian Lucy Bellinger – who can play on the wing or either flank – and local ruck Tahlia Hickie joining the club.

Defender Selina Priest gets a second shot at Brisbane, having previously played in the first AFLW season under her maiden surname of Goodman. 

Dakota Davidson is a chance to take the vacant full-forward spot after the departure of Sabrina Frederick, while University of Queensland teammate Maria Moloney is a clean inside midfielder. 

(L-R) New Lions Catherine Svarc, Isabel Dawes, Hannah Hillman and Lily Postlethwaite. Picture: AFL Photos


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

Lucy McEvoy will have an immediate impact in the AFLW, capable of playing in all three zones and she will work well in tandem with Maddie Prespakis. Another to join the midfield is Grace Egan, who was already locked into Carlton through the Academy bidding process. 

The Blues added a clean ball user to their backline with Dandenong Stingray Brooke Vernon, while key forward Shanie Whiting should provide a good foil for Tayla Harris and Darcy Vescio.

Serena Gibbs and Vaomua Laloifi are two wildcards of the draft; both highly athletic (Gibbs is a high-marking utility) and powerful (Laloifi drives well out of defence). 

Former Academy member Courtney Jones has been rewarded for effort after being overlooked in last year's draft, putting in a strong year on the wing in the VFLW. 

Lucy McEvoy (left) and Grace Egan have joined the Blues. Picture: AFL Photos


Kaila Bentvelzen (pick 67, Casey Demons), Jordan Membrey (74, Hawthorn VFLW/Collingwood AFLW), Alana Porter (82, Oakleigh Chargers), Ebony O'Dea (89, GWS), Machaelia Roberts (94, NT Thunder) 

Kaila Bentvelzen has played predominantly as a key defender this year for Casey but could also be the answer to the Magpies' forward line woes, who struggled to hit the scoreboard this year. 

Hard-working forward/midfielder Jordan Membrey gets another chance at the Pies, having been delisted at the conclusion of the 2019 season, while unicyclist and defender Ebony O'Dea has an opportunity to finally make her AFLW debut after a season at the Giants. 

Under-18 player Alana Porter impressed in her time with Collingwood's VFLW side, earning selection for the AFLW team, and speedy 25-year-old Machaelia Roberts will be making the trek down from the Northern Territory. 

Casey's Kaila Bentvelzen. Picture: AFL Photos


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

The high-flying Roxy Roux will be an eye-catching addition to Fremantle's forward line, which lost Kellie Gibson and Ashlee Atkins to West Coast, 

Two West Australian under-18 teammates have joined Roux: Mim Strom, who should slot straight into the ruck considering the hole currently there, and inside midfielder Bianca Webb

Emma O'Driscoll is a 182cm key defender, which is fairly rare at AFLW level, while the powerful Ann McMahon could play either on the ball or up forward. 

Sarah Garstone is a soon-to-be 20-year-old who represented Western Australia at last year's under-18 championships and is a steady key back. 

Fellow defender Janelle Cuthbertson has a tennis background, having played the sport in the US college system, and is relatively new to football. 

The Dockers' top pick Roxy Roux. Picture: AFL Photos


Millie Brown (pick 11, Murray Bushrangers), Gemma Wright (34, Carlton VFLW), Nicole Garner (50, Casey Demons), Mia Skinner (65, Geelong Falcons), Amy McDonald (80, Geelong VFLW), Madisen Maguire (98, Geelong VFLW)

Father-daughter selection Millie Brown will slot well into Geelong's backline, having already played a handful of games for the club's VFLW side, while the Cats further strengthened its defensive stocks by adding Carlton VFLW best and fairest Gemma Wright.

Inside midfielder Nicole Garner will be crossing the bay, having been a co-captain for Casey this year (but originating from Sale). 

The Cats went local with their last three picks. Mia Skinner was the leading goalkicker for the NAB League girls' competition this year (new teammate Jordan Ivey is one of her school teachers), while winger Amy McDonald and half-forward Madisen Maguire have been in the club's women's program for several years now. 

Millie Brown and father Paul. Picture: AFL Photos


Serene Watson (pick 18, Bond University), Hannah Dunn (22, Queanbeyan Tigers), Alexia Hamilton (38, Canberra), Brittany Perry (42, North Adelaide/GWS), Cheyanne Hammond (57, South Adelaide), Dee Heslop (69, Yeronga), Jade Pregelj (86, Yeronga), Georgia Breward (91, Coolangatta) 

Serene Watson – a silky defender with a cool head – is a Gold Coast local and a fitting first draft selection for a club.

The Suns then went on a tour around the country to help fill their first AFLW list.

Midfielder Hannah Dunn has played in both South Australia and Canberra this year to help get her name on the map, while fellow Canberran Alexia Hamilton is a young tall forward/midfielder who gets her chance after being passed over last year. 

Former Giant Britt Perry, a medium forward/midfielder, has another opportunity at the top level.

Cheyanne Hammond is a soccer player who this year, in just her second season of football, was named best on ground in the SANFLW Grand Final for her efforts rebounding out of defence. 

Youngster Dee Heslop slid down the draft order after undergoing a shoulder reconstruction in September, midfielder Georgia Breward gets a shot after recovering from a torn ACL, while Jade Pregelj could be the story of the draft – an aggressive midfielder who was named Queensland's best player in 2010 and 2011 before giving the game away.

Serene Watson was selected with pick No.18. Picture: AFL Photos


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

Forward Maggie Gorham has returned to footy in stunning fashion, winning AFL Canberra's best and fairest and being selected with the Giants' first pick. 

With Courtney Gum retiring (but subsequently being signed by Adelaide), there's a spot in the midfield which should be filled by the quick and long-kicking Lisa Steane. 

Former hockey player Annalyse Lister should provide some experience in the middle of the ground, key position Sarah Halvorsen is versatile enough to fill holes where required (especially given Christina Bernardi's move to Richmond) and Emily Goodsir is strong both inside and outside of packs. 

A handful of Giants get another opportunity at the club, including Tait Mackrill, Lisa Whiteley and Rebecca Privitelli. The latter was delisted after the 2018 season, but forced herself back onto the list for 2020 after a strong winter. 

Giants coach Alan McConnell with No.4 pick Maggie Gorham. Picture: AFL Photos


Jacqueline Parry (pick 54, Canberra), Brenna Tarrant (72, East Coast Eagles), Gabrielle Colvin (77, Darebin Falcons), Krstel Petrevski (78, Calder Cannons) 

Tall forward Jacqueline Parry has played her footy in Canberra but will be returning to Melbourne to pair up with Tegan Cunningham. 

Brenna Tarrant is a young mid-sized utility from New South Wales who chose to nominate the Victorian pool. A very strong mark overhead. 

With several defenders having been delisted, the experienced Gabby Colvin will provide some depth to the backline, while the clean Krstel Petrevski is the cousin of Carlton's Sam Petrevski-Seton.

Brenna Tarrant runs the 2km time trial during the 2019 AFLW Draft Combine. Picture: AFL Photos


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

Tough inside midfielder Ellie Gavalas put her name on the map with a very strong winter, winning the Dogs' VFLW best and fairest, while Sarah Wright – a strong leading forward – finished second in Carlton's VFLW count. 

The Kangaroos have added significant strength to their on-ball brigade with the drafting of Tasmania's Mia King, a strong ball-winner who should have an immediate impact. 

Defender Tahni Nestor gets another shot at the AFLW, having played in the first season with Carlton. She is also the niece of former Roos AFL star Anthony Stevens. 

Abbey Green is a versatile tall who will slot into the Roos' key position stocks alongside Emma King and Kate Gillespie-Jones. 

New Roo Ellie Gavalas with coach Scott Gowans. Picture: AFL Photos


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

The Tigers had the most picks of any club in this year's draft. 

Tough, dependable midfielder Sophie Molan, key position player and strong marker Laura McClelland, versatile and clean Ella Wood, reliable defender Sarah Sansonetti, GWV Rebel Nekaela Butler, bullocking ruck Cleo Saxon-Jones, back Ciara Fitzgerald and forward target Emily Harley have all been drafted directly out of the NAB League girls' program.

Tenacious small forward/mid Holly Whitford has another opportunity at AFLW level after two years with Collingwood, while Emma Horne, Kate Dempsey and Laura Bailey (a former Western Bulldog) have all been elevated from the VFLW side. 

Richmond has made a risky call in promoting its own recruiter Lauren Tesoriero from its VFLW side; the hard-nosed midfielder is going to attempt to play the season without an ACL.

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

Georgia Patrikios is a silky winger who can also play on the inside of packs and will add some class to the Saints' inaugural line-up. 

Small midfielder Rosie Dillon and aggressive forward/ruck Tamara Luke will join former Hawthorn VFLW coach and new AFLW assistant Paddy Hill at Moorabbin. The pair have been passed over in several drafts, with Dillon in particular working hard on her fitness this year. 

Queenslander and mid-sized utility Tarni White missed last year with a torn ACL but is a proven performer on the big stage, having been named best on in the 2018 QAFLW Grand Final as a 17-year-old. 

Nicola Xenos is a speedy midfielder with a strong run-and-carry game, while South Australian Hannah Priest is a versatile onballer who originally hails from Bendigo. 

Georgia Patrikios was taken with pick No.5. Picture: AFL Photos


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

The athletic Imahra Cameron, who can play through the middle or up forward, has come through the West Australian academy program. 

Former hockey player Sophie McDonald is a fierce young defender, while Tarnee Tester looks set to take her place at the opposite end of the ground, having been crowned the WAFLW leading goalkicker this year. 

Claremont skipper and midfielder Kate Orme is familiar with West Coast already, having worked at the club for five years as a digital and social media producer. 

Reliable defender Talia Radan is now at her third AFLW club, having spent time at Adelaide and Melbourne, while Chantella Perera finally gets an AFLW opportunity, having been a rock in defence for the Hawks for the past few years. 

WA's Sophie McDonald. Picture: AFL Photos


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

The versatile Gabby Newton – who leads well and is a strong mark – can slot into either the forward line or the midfield, while Northern Knights teammate and key forward Nell Morris-Dalton is one of the best marks coming out of the under-18s. 

The Dogs added some serious pace with the addition of small midfielders Gemma Lagioia and Elisabeth Georgostathis, while nippy forward Amelia Van Oosterwijck also has a clean pair of heels. 

Father-daughter Issy Grant is in a similar mould to Newton, while Britney Gutknecht is a dependable midfielder and strong ball-winner, who slid quite a bit in the draft. 

Coach Nathan Burke – who led Vic Metro at this year's championships – has joined the Dogs in the past few months, and all footballers drafted have already played under him.

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