Shifter's top 30: AFL talent ambassador reveals his best draft prospects

J’Noemi Anderson

Allies/Northern Territory Thunder/Sandringham Dragons/St. Mary’s/Melbourne Grammar
DOB: 17/12/04
Height: 169cm
Versatile and powerful player who can use her contested ball winning ability through the midfield or when playing forward. Strong overhead and with a sharp burst of speed from stoppage she averaged 13.7 disposals (9.7 contested) in her three Allies games and backed it up with an impressive game for the Australian U18's with 15 disposals, three clearances, eight tackles and a goal. From a strong AFL footballing family, her brother Jed is currently an AFL star with North Melbourne.

J'Noemi Anderon in action during the AFLW U19 Championships on April 15, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

Mia Austin

Victoria Metro/Eastern Ranges/Montrose
DOB: 22/04/04
Height: 177cm
Had some eye-catching performances for the Ranges this year, with her natural leap, aerial strength and goal kicking features of her play either up forward or when in the ruck. From an athletics background she played six matches, averaging 11.8 disposals, 2.3 marks and 1.5 goal, winning selection in the NAB League Team of the Year. Had a leg injury late in the season but was able to represent Victoria Metro in two championship matches and show some glimpses of her enormous potential.     

Mia Austin takes a mark during the U18 Championship match between Vic Metro and South Australia on April 22, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Charlotte Baskaran

Victoria Metro/Western Jets/Aberfeldie
DOB: 9/12/04
Height: 165cm
Midfielder who can play on the inside or outside using her prolific ball winning ability and composed disposal by hand and foot to great effect. A natural leader with a very aggressive attack on the ball she averaged 27.6 disposals (15.1 contested), 5.3 clearances for the Western Jets in their premiership winning team. She backed it up winning All-Australian U18 honours for Vic Metro in the championships as well as being named as captain for the NAB League Team of the Year after being runner-up in the competitions’ best and fairest award. 

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01:57 May 28. 2022. 12:00 PM

Get to know the Vic Metro midfielder ahead of 2022 NAB AFLW draft

Amelie Borg

South Australia/North Adelaide/Golden Grove
DOB: 17/11/04
Height: 177cm
Close-checking defender with mobility and strength to compete well in the air. Important cog in South Australian defence, keeping the opposition to only nine goals across three matches averaging 8.3 disposals (5 contested) 2 marks and 2.7 tackles winning All-Australian U18 honours. A former junior athlete who excelled in shot put and discus, clearly indicating her strength and power. She made the SANFLW Team of the Year in 2021 as a 17-year-old.

Amelie Borg (left) and Hannah Ewings run a 2km time trial during the SA 2022 NAB AFLW Draft Combine on June 2, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

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Ella Boag

South Australia/Glenelg/Henley
DOB: 07/07/04
Height: 172cm
Winger with a blistering burst of speed making her capable of breaking the lines. Has the ability to kick goals on the run and featured prominently as an important member of South Australia’s unbeaten team in the championships averaging 11.3 disposals and kicking two goals. Played seven games at senior level for Glenelg this season and has exciting AFLW traits.

Ella Boag in action during the U18 Championship game between Vic Metro and South Australia on April 22, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Amber Clarke

Victoria Country/Dandenong Stingrays/Narre North Foxes
DOB: 22/12/04
Height: 171cm
Powerful half-forward/midfielder who dazzles with her speed from stoppages which compliments her great natural leap. She won the NAB League Girls’ best and fairest award this season averaging 17.4 disposals and kicking 18 goals in ten matches and being a member of NAB League Team of the Year. Also was named All-Australian following impressive performances for Vic Country and to top of an outstanding year was named among Australia’s U18 girls best players in their win over the All-Stars. 

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01:16 May 18. 2022. 3:00 PM

Get to know the Victorian Country midfielder ahead of the 2022 NAB AFLW draft

Fleur Davies

Queensland/Gold Coast Suns/Southport
DOB: 06/05/04
Height: 181cm
Developing ruck prospect born in Wales from a family with an elite background in netball and rugby. Mobile and with an outstanding natural leap, she can also push forward and become a dangerous marking target. An influential performer for Queensland with her physical presence, she averaged 9.7 disposals and 15.5 hit outs across the Championships. Was also eye-catching for the Australian U18 team with 11 disposals, 28 hit outs to be among her country’s best in their win over the All-Stars.

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01:54 May 9. 2022. 3:00 PM

Get to know the Queensland ruck/forward ahead of 2022 NAB AFLW draft

Yasmin Duursma

Victoria Country/Gippsland Power/Foster
DOB: 30/03/04
Height: 173cm
Left-footer who is a versatile player, using the ball productively in the championships for Vic Country averaging 14.3 disposals at 74 per cent efficiency. Had similar numbers for the Power averaging 13.6 disposals (50 per cent contested) to be a shining light for her team. From a well-known footballing family with brothers Xavier a rising star with Port Adelaide and Zane a future star also with the Gippsland Power and her father Dean playing for the Sydney Swans and Melbourne.

Yasmin Duursma in action during the U18 Championship match on April 22, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

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Mackenzie Eardley

Victoria Country/Dandenong Stingrays/Beleura
DOB: 13/11/04
Height: 183cm
Versatile defender who is an excellent intercept mark using her ability to read the play to great effect and can also go forward and become a marking target. Uses the ball neatly by hand and foot and averaged 16.5 disposals (12.5 contested) 2.5 Rebound 50s and kicked a goal when forward for Victoria Country earning All-Australian U18 honours. Capped off a great year earning NAB League Team of the Year selection for her performances with the Stingrays. 

Vic Country's Mackenzie Eardley in action against Vic Metro at the 2021 NAB AFLW U17 Championships. Picture: AFL Photos

Laura Elliott

Victoria Metro /Western Jets/Point Cook Centrals
DOB: 27/10/04
Height: 172cm
Ultra consistent defender who plays tall using her one touch marking overhead and aggressive spoiling to great effect in aerial contests and provides terrific rebound for her team. Averaged 9.3 disposals and 2.7 marks showing an ability to defend against different size and types of players in the championships earning All-Australian U18 selection. This topped off an outstanding year being a pillar in defence for the Western Jets premiership team and being selected in the NAB League Team of the Year.

Laura Elliott in action during the AFLW Academy match on May 8, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Emily Everist

Victoria Country/Bendigo Pioneers/Golden Square
DOB: 17/07/04
Height: 177cm
Evolving defender who is new to the game with a soccer background, she covers the ground extremely well and can play tall or small. Played mainly in a negating role in her eight games with the Pioneers averaging 8.5 disposals but stepped up to impress with Vic Country averaging 10.3 disposals, two marks and three tackles across the championships. Added to her athletic profile recording a 7min 28sec time in the 2km as part of the Combine testing, ranked fourth nationally.

Emily Everist in action during an U18 Championship match between Vic Country and Vic Metro on March 20, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Hannah Ewings

South Australia/North Adelaide/SMOSH West Lakes/Roopena-Whyalla
DOB: 17/03/04
Height: 168cm
Prolific ball-winning midfielder who pushes forward where she can hit the scoreboard regularly, kicking six goals across the three games. Outstanding in the championships averaging 21.3 disposals (10.7 contested) at an impressive 70.3 per cent efficiency playing a key role in South Australia’s undefeated team as well as winning All-Australian honours. A strong bodied payer who excels at stoppages, she has been ultra-consistent player for North Adelaide averaging 20.7 disposals and kicking 15 goals this year at senior level.

Hannah Ewings in action during the U18 Championships game between South Australia and Vic Country on April 16, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

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Jasmine Fleming

Victoria Metro/Oakleigh Chargers/Ashburton
DOB: 05/11/04
Height: 165cm
Dashing midfielder who announced herself in last year’s NAB League finals series with some outstanding performances. Excels in the contest and is dynamic at stoppages, she has clean hands and dazzling acceleration which are features of her play along with her exquisite ball use. Averaged 22.5 disposals (10 contested), 5.5 clearances and five inside 50’s in the championships winning All-Australian U18 honours despite missing a match due to injury. Daughter of former Australian cricketer and prominent media commentator Damian Fleming. 

Jasmine Fleming in action for Oakleigh Chargers in the 2021 NAB League Girls season. Picture: AFL Photos

Taylah Gatt

Victoria Country/Dandenong Stingrays/Beleura
DOB: 11/01/04
Height: 171cm
Outside midfielder with a rare combination of speed and endurance and really prepared to take the game on with scintillating runs. Averaged 10.8 disposals many of them after her line breaking burst from the midfield for the Stingrays. In her two games for Vic Country, she averaged 13 disposals and was her team’s best player against Vic Metro.

Dandenong Stingrays' Taylah Gatt tucks the ball under her arm and takes off. Picture: Cameron Grimes/AFL Photos

Alana Gee

Queensland/Gold Coast Suns Academy/North Mackay/Southport
DOB: 20/04/04
Height: 170cm
Prolific ball winning midfielder who is tough in the contest and relentlessly competitive. Has an elite combination of speed and endurance, and is a damaging ball user by hand and foot. Had an outstanding championship winning Queensland’s MVP award and finishing second in the overall best and fairest award averaging 24 disposals (12.7 contested), 3.7 marks and 3.7 tackles per game winning All-Australian U18 honours.

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02:00 May 16. 2022. 3:00 PM

Get to know the Queensland midfielder ahead of the NAB AFLW 2022 draft

Zarlie Goldsworthy

Allies/NSW-ACT/Murray Bushrangers/Lavington
DOB: 18/11/04
Height: 169cm
Prolific contested ball winning midfielder/forward who is a hard-edged beauty. In her three games in the championships, one for NSW/ACT and two for the Allies she averaged 15.5 disposals (11 contested) and four tackles per game to win the Allies MVP award and All-Australian honours. Coming from a soccer background having been with the junior Matilda’s, she has great natural ball-winning instincts and an innate ability around the goals. Showed all this potential for the Bushrangers in nine matches averaging 24.9 disposals and kicking 14 goals making the NAB League Team of the Year.

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

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Sarah Goodwin

South Australia/Glenelg/Goodwood Saints
DOB: 09/07/04
Height: 168cm
Smooth moving defender who is strong in her attack on the ball and direct with her disposal. Excellent contested ball winner averaging 19 disposals (nine contested), four tackles and 2.7 rebound 50s in the unbeaten South Australian team and rewarded with All-Australian U18 honours. Been an excellent performer for Glenelg for the past two seasons, this year averaging 22.2 disposals in nine games. Ranked fifth nationally with her endurance recording a 7min 31sec time in the 2km test.

South Australia's Sarah Goodwin in action during the NAB AFLW Under-18 Championships. Picture: AFL Photos

Montana Ham

Victoria Metro/Western Jets/Keilor
DOB: 29/03/04
Height: 180cm
Outstanding midfielder who is both very strong overhead, quick and agile for her size as well as having a fierce competitive streak in her makeup. Had an excellent championship winning Vic Metro MVP on the back of averaging 22.7 disposals (13.3 contested), 5.3 tackles and a goal per match to be one of the real rising stars earning All-Australian U18 selection. At NAB League level was a key playmaker for the Jets in their premiership this year, averaging 24.1 disposals (15 contested). Capped off her outstanding season winning the Australian U18 teams’ best player award against the All-Stars with another dominant display in the midfield and forward line.

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01:28 May 23. 2022. 3:00 PM

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Cynthia Hamilton

Allies/NSW-ACT/ GWS Giants Academy/Queanbeyan
DOB: 02/04/04
Height: 170cm
Highly skilled versatile player with a sharp competitive edge highlighted by her aggressive tackling and contested ball winning. Excels at stoppages and one-on-one contests and is now a back-to-back All-Australian averaging 19 disposals and six tackles across the championships. Has real footy nous and is creative particularly with her hands bringing her teammates into the game.

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02:28 Jun 16. 2022. 2:42 PM

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Zara Hamilton

Allies/NSW/-ACT/Murray Bushrangers/Belconnen
DOB: 14/10/04
Height: 173cm
Prolific ball winning outside midfielder, who can also play as a rebounding defender to great effect. In her nine matches with the Bushrangers this year, she averaged 24.1 disposals winning team of the year recognition and continued that form into the championships averaging 17 disposals in three matches (NSW-ACT/Allies) with her athletic ability eye-catching.

Murray Bushranger Zara Hamilton takes another kick against Northern Territory. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos

Bridie Hipwell

Victoria Metro/Sandringham Dragons/Old Brighton Grammarians
DOB: 15/06/04
Height: 174cm
Very promising tall forward showing her potential for the Dragons in the NAB League averaging 13.5 disposals and 3.2 marks winning team of the year selection before injuring her wrist and missing most of the championships. Returned at season end to impress with her marking and forward craft for the Australian Under-18 team to be among her teams’ best players in their win over the All-Stars

Bridie Hipwell runs the 2km time trial during the Melbourne NAB AFLW Draft Combine on May 25, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Sofia Hurley

Victoria Metro/Sandringham Dragons/Port Melbourne
DOB: 30/01/04
Height: 166cm
Quick and agile midfielder who is very composed with the ball in hand and has a very good balance between her inside and outside game. Prolific ball winner who averaged 22.3 disposals (12.7 contested) and 6.7 tackles, being a model of consistency for Vic Metro throughout the championships earning her All-Australian U18 selection. A star in the NAB League for the Dragons averaging 26 disposals and Team of the Year honours. Excelled in the 2km Combine testing with a 7min23 sec result being ranked second nationally and near Geelong’s Nina Morrison’s best ever time of 7min14sec. 

Sandringham Dragons' Sofia Hurley marks strongly against Western Jets' Montana Ham during the NAB League Girls match at Trevor Barker Oval on February 20, 2022. Picture: Cameron Grimes/AFL Photos

Ella Little

South Australia/Woodville-West Torrens/Millicent
DOB: 22/06/03
Height: 172cm
Inside midfielder/forward from the Limestone Coast who moved to Adelaide this year to pursue her AFLW dream. Very strong stoppage player with clean hands, has been a consistent for WWT averaging 15.3 disposals and five tackles as well as being an important member of South Australia’s undefeated state team averaging 16 disposals in her three matches.

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

Claire Ransom

Allies/Tasmania Devils/North Hobart
DOB: 21/02/04
Height: 170cm
Composed midfielder who can play on the inside or outside. Good decision maker with excellent vision and clean hands, she sets up her teammates with her creative play. Starred for the Devils in the NAB League averaging 19.4 disposals in seven matches and named as vice-captain in the team of the year. Solid contributor for the Allies in the AFLW U18 Championships averaging 11.3 disposals across three games.

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02:17 May 13. 2022. 3:00 PM

Get to know the Tasmanian midfielder ahead of the 2022 NAB AFLW Draft

Ella Roberts

Western Australia/Peel Thunder/Busselton Magpies
DOB: 17/12/04
Height: 175cm
Exciting forward who can also play midfield using her elite skill set and athleticism. Excels in the air and has a powerful burst from the stoppage, she is now a back-to-back MVP for Western Australia as well as a dual All-Australian, she starred again in the championships where she averaged 22.7 disposals, six marks and was third in the overall best and fairest award. Already a senior premiership player at Peel in 2020 as a 15-year-old she excels when the pressure is on in games and capable of lifting her team to victory.

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02:49 May 5. 2022. 9:00 AM

Get to know the Western Australian forward ahead of 2022 NAB AFLW draft

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Keeley Skepper

Victoria Country/Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton United
DOB: 15/03/04
Height: 163cm
Lightly built versatile type who showed dash and long kicking skills on her dynamic left foot with her game sense a real feature of her play for Victoria Country. Had a productive championship winning her team’s MVP and All-Australian honours, averaging 15 disposals (50 per cent contested possessions) and 3.7 tackles. This capped of an excellent year overall as she stood out with the Bushrangers averaging 24 disposals and being rewarding with NAB League Team of the Year selection.

Murray Bushranger Keeley Skepper won 30 disposals and kicked two goals. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos

Sachi Syme

South Australia/Norwood)/Wilderness School/Port Lincoln
DOB: 18/11/04
Height: 167cm
Prolific ball winning midfielder with a great balance between winning her own ball and running to receive. A real stoppage star she excelled at clearances and used her endurance to outwork her opponents averaging 21 disposals (9.7 contested), three tackles and three inside 50’s to win All-Australian honours.

Sachi Syme runs the 2km time trial during the 2022 SA NAB AFLW Draft Combine on June 2, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Charlotte Taylor

Victoria Metro/Oakleigh Chargers/Old Marcellin
DOB: 18/01/04
Height: 178cm
Versatile player who was consistent performer up forward for Vic Metro in the championships, excelling one on one in winning contested ball and creating scoring opportunities for the team, averaging 12 disposals and kicking three goals. Been a star for the Chargers in a range of roles in the NAB League, averaging 15.4 disposals, six tackles and 3.4 clearances this year.

Charlotte Taylor celebrates a goal during the U18 Championships match between Queensland and Vic Metro. Picture: AFL Photos

Lauren Wakfer

Western Australia/South Fremantle/Warnbro Swans
DOB: 23/04/04
Height: 179cm
Ruck who is both athletic and competitive following up her aerial ability with her strong attack on the ball at ground level. Averaged 12.3 disposals, 19.3 hit outs and 5.7 tackles being clear indicators of her very promising performances in the championships winning All-Australian honours. From a netball background she has blossomed in the WAFLW this year after showcasing her potential last year in the championships as a bottom age player.

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02:34 Jun 3. 2022. 3:00 PM

Get to know the Western Australian ruck ahead of 2022 NAB AFLW draft

Rylie Wilcox

Victoria Metro/Northern Knights/Fitzroy
DOB: 03/12/04
Height: 158cm
Small forward/midfielder who reads the game particularly well, is clean with her ball handling and sets the game up using her great composure and vision. Has elite agility and is able to step through congestion and find space to give herself time to execute her skills with precision. Averaged 16 disposals, 4.3 inside 50s and three marks for Vic Metro winning All-Australian selection. Topped off her year being amongst the All-Stars best against the Australian U18 team at Punt Road recently having 14 disposals and kicking two goals.

Rylie Wilcox evades a tackle during a game between the U23 All-Stars and Australia U18 on May 8, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos