Golden opportunity: NSW jet likely to nominate for Victoria in AFLW draft

TOP NEW South Wales prospect Zarlie Goldsworthy is more likely to nominate Victoria rather than her home state in the upcoming NAB AFLW Draft.

As always, the AFLW Draft will once again be a state-based affair, so part-time players do not have to move interstate unless they wish to.

Goldsworthy, from Thurgoona, has been split between the two states of late, playing NAB League footy with Murray Bushrangers but representing NSW and the Allies at the recent NAB AFLW Under-18 Championships.

She only started playing high-level football this year with the Bushrangers, spending 2021 with Lavington after missing the selection timeframe for last year's squad.

Soccer star dominating the footy field

02:26 May 11. 2022. 3:10 PM

Murray Bushrangers midfielder Zarlie Goldsworthy is taking the footy world by storm in her first year at the top level

Such has been her rise, she was named MVP for the Allies, made the Under-18 All-Australian side and was added to the NAB AFLW Academy.

A powerful midfielder who can push forward, Goldsworthy is a natural ball-winner who isn't afraid of a contest.

2022 DRAFT PROSPECTS Zarlie Goldworthy

"I just think (Victoria will) be the better fit for me. I've (previously) lived in Sydney for two years, so that would be so much easier in terms of living there (again), but I just think going to Victoria would be a new experience for me," Goldsworthy told

"There are more clubs there, so more chances to get into the atmosphere, and I have a couple of friends down there. It's closer down the road than it is to Sydney."

Zarlie Goldsworthy gathers the ball during the U18 Girls Championship game between Queensland and the Allies on April 30, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Goldsworthy's stint in Sydney came about through her soccer commitments with the Football NSW Institute, having also been involved with the Junior Matildas, but returned home after feeling "burnt out".

The multitalented 18-year-old has also represented Vic Country in cricket, and doesn't mind a game or two of netball, either.

"I played for them for two years, and they were a very prestigious side, they played in premier league. It was very hard up there, I went to Westfields Sports High School, which is a very big soccer school," she said.

"Cricket was something to do in summer. Growing up in the country, that's what you get, you play multiple sports. There was a weekend there where I filled in for Mum's netball team, so I came from cricket to netball on the Saturday, and then played soccer and football on Sunday."

Zarlie Goldsworthy receives her AFLW National Academy jumper on May 7, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

A mad Hawthorn supporter, Goldsworthy was eight when the Hawks won the flag of their three-peat, nominating usual suspects Cyril Rioli, Sam Mitchell and Luke Hodge as her idols, before throwing up a few unpredictable answers.

"A lot of the players outside of that group who did their job well, I hold Matthew Spangher highly, I just thought he played his role super well. He was such an underrated player," she said.

"Will Langford, they all just worked so well together, Jarryd Roughead up forward, that was the era."