Victoria or NSW? Riverina duo nominate draft zones

BORDER talents Zarlie Goldsworthy and Zara Hamilton have nominated New South Wales and Victoria respectively for the NAB AFLW Draft.

The two are members of the NAB AFLW Academy and both represented Murray Bushrangers in the NAB League this year. previously reported Goldsworthy – a bullocking midfielder with a strong soccer background – was seriously considering moving to Victoria from her home of Thurgoona in New South Wales for her AFLW career.

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Sydney has the first five picks in the NSW portion and has already committed to Montana Ham, Sofia Hurley, Cynthia Hamilton, Alice Mitchell and Montana Beruldsen, opening the door for Greater Western Sydney to select Goldsworthy.

A taller outside player, Hamilton is from Wagga Wagga and will make the move south if drafted.


The Giants also look set to take Tasmanian Madison Brazendale and Gold Coast Academy ruck Fleur Davies, with the pair also nominating New South Wales.

The 19-year-old Brazendale has an athletics background and is a winger from Launceston.

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With lists of 30 in the AFLW, the ability to carry a number of rucks/talls is limited, and the Suns already have Lauren Bella, Jacqui Dupuy, Vivien Saad and Fleur's older sister Giselle on their list.

The Giants lost rucks Erin McKinnon (St Kilda) and Ally Morphett (Sydney) during the AFLW Sign and Trade Period.

Tasmanian Claire Ransom, also a NAB AFLW Academy player, is expected to nominate Gold Coast, who along with Brisbane, has its own individual draft pool for geographic reasons, but that has not yet been confirmed.

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Suns coach Cameron Joyce was talent manager in Tasmania and senior coach of the Tassie Devils' girls side before he took up the AFLW role at the start of this year.

Tasmanian talent are able to nominate their own state and be drafted by North Melbourne if they wish, due to the Roos' alliance with the area.

It's not a requirement, however, and a number of players in the past – who already knew they wouldn't be picked up by the Kangaroos – have nominated the larger Victorian pool or another state entirely.