ON A night that saw 83 players drafted to AFLW clubs, the VFLW proved to be a fruitful recruitment ground.
Two sets of twins were drafted within the first round - a record 36 picks - including story of the night, Zoe Wakfer who had travelled to Melbourne to support sister Lauren and ended up joining West Coast with pick 36.
EVERY PICK The 2022 NAB AFLW Draft as it happened
Several players also earned another shot at the elite level, including GWS' Jodie Hicks and former Saint, now Demon Samantha Johnson.
Keeley Kustermann (pick 40, West Adelaide), Kiera Mueller (pick 69, Sturt), Mckenzie Dowrick (pick 71, Woodville-West Torrens)
After retaining the bulk of its list despite Port Adelaide's addition to the competition, the Crows have added yet more depth to their list through the draft. The quick Keeley Kustermann will provide Matthew Clarke with yet more versatility. Kustermann is at home across the midfield and forward lines but has the skills to be used in almost any spot on the ground. She is quick but is not afraid to apply pressure and put her body on the line. Kiera Mueller will help cover the loss of Nikki Gore and Justine Mules as a small defender. She boasts a solid left-foot kick and is strong in the one on one. Adelaide has also re-listed Mckenzie Dowrick after delisting her earlier in the month.
Ella Smith (pick 40, Aspley), Dee Heslop (pick 57, Gold Coast), Charlotte Mullins (pick 70, Aspley), Kiara Hillier (pick 78, Maroochydore)
Another Smith has joined the AFLW ranks, with Ella Smith joining Brisbane. A hard-working winger from Brisbane's Academy, she uses the ball well and will fit right in alongside the young Lions list. Also joining the side from the Academy is competitive midfielder Charlotte Mullins who will assist in transitioning the ball into attack. After their tall defence has been tested - Kate Lutkins suffering an ACL injury and Indy Tahau returning home to South Australia - Kiara Hillier will help Brisbane compete with tall key forwards. Standing at 173cm, she is good in the one on one and reliable on the last line. Dee Heslop has won another shot at the elite level after being delisted by Gold Coast - following in Taylor Smith's footsteps. After 23 games over three seasons, Heslop is a midfielder who can offer some depth around the ball.
Keeley Skepper (pick 17, Murray Bushrangers), Mia Austin (pick 18, Eastern Ranges), Lily Goss (pick 48, Carlton), Jessica Jones (pick 67, Carlton)
After losing some of their strong forwards in recent off seasons, the Blues have scored a beauty in Mia Austin. A mobile, athletic forward who is a reliable mark of the ball, Austin is the kind of key forward around whom a long-term forward line can be built. Across the half back line and the midfield, Keeley Skepper will join a host of exciting, young midfielders who can now grow as a unit. Strong in the contest and a reliable hard ball winner, Skepper will complement the outside run of Mimi Hill and Keeley Sherar. Lily Goss comes straight out of Carlton's VFLW side. A mature aged recruit, she is a reliable midfielder who runs two ways and will add some needed strength around the ball. Meanwhile defender Jessica Jones comes to Carlton from North Melbourne's VFLW program and offers plenty of leadership to a young side. Standing at 177cm tall, she is reliable when it comes to shutting down a direct opponent and will likely be tasked with the most dangerous forwards in the competition.
Charlotte Taylor (pick 30, Oakleigh Chargers), Charlotte Blair (pick 56, Dandenong Stingrays)
At 174cm tall, Charlotte Taylor is a great utility addition for the Pies who lost Sophie Alexander during the expansion period. Able to play in attack or defence, Taylor is already part of the Collingwood fold, plying her trade in their VFLW program this year. Charlotte Blair also joins their ranks, working across the forward line she offers endurance and plenty of defensive pressure. Collingwood passed on their final selection, opening the door for an undrafted player from another state to be added through free agency.
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Amber Clarke (pick 4, Dandenong Stingrays), Paige Scott (pick 8, Greater Western Victoria Rebels), Stephanie Wales (pick 32, Casey Demons), Mia Busch (pick 35, Eastern Ranges), Mia Van Dyke (pick 46, Geelong Falcons), Amelia Radford (pick 62, Essendon VFLW), Ashleigh Van Loon (pick 73, Geelong VFLW)
The Bombers have continued to load up on its attacking assets, with handy Forward/Midfielder Amber Clarke the first player drafted to the club. Tough in the middle and particularly potent around goal, the former hurdler is thriving on the footy field. Recently taking out the NAB League grand final best on ground, and the competition best and fairest, Clarke is a great get for Essendon. Mia Busch is another addition to Essendon's midfield unit, while also a reliable option in the defensive half. A ball winner with plenty of agility, Busch is as consistent as they come. Paige Scott is a similar player to Geelong's Chloe Scheer. A strong lead up mark, who can have a big impact around the midfield as a pinch hitter. She is competitive, tough and powerful. They've been able to add some more height through raw tall Stephanie Wales - whose sister has made the way to fellow expansion side Hawthorn. Wales is a versatile option, able to play in the ruck but can also impact at either end of the ground and will be a solid long-term addition for the Bombers. Another tall option, Mia Van Dyk is a skilful utility who can play at either end of the ground and has neat skills. Out of their prolific VFLW program comes midfielder Amelia Radford who is strong, clean and excels at the contest. Joining her in the midfield will be Ashleigh Van Loon from Geelong's VFLW program who brings a toughness and competitive nature.
Madeleine Scanlon (pick 27, Claremont), Tara Stribley (pick 59, Swan Districts), Megan Kauffman (pick 77, Wembley), Amy Mulholland (pick 83, Subiaco), Tahlia Read (Maribyrnong Park)
The Dockers have once again signed a raw former tennis player to their ranks with Megan Kauffman. After six years playing college tennis in the USA, Kauffman follows in Janelle Cuthbertson's footsteps landing at Fremantle. A tough inside midfielder who can also go forward, she is likely to spend plenty of time in attack early in her career. Amy Mulholland is a former Gaelic footballer who moved to Australia in 2020 and has since found a knack for kicking goals as a small forward, as has medium sized forward Tahlia Read who is headed to Perth from Victoria. Able to play across the forward line and wing, Tara Stribley helps to cover the loss of Stephanie Cain. At 165cm tall, she is quick and has great skills to bring to Fremantle. At the other end of the ground, Claremont product Madeleine Scanlon will add depth to their defence after following 2021 draftee Jess Low's story to the Dockers' backline.
Mia Skinner (pick 33, Geelong), Brooke Plummer (pick 42, Northern Knights), Abbey Mcdonald (pick 55, Calder Cannons)
A familiar face returns to Geelong, with the Cats taking Mia Skinner with their first selection for the night. A forward who was listed at the club during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, Skinner didn't manage to make her debut and returned to the VFLW to develop as a damaging forward. Rebounding defender Brooke Plummer will add some dash out of defence that was lost with Sophie Van De Heuvel's move to Essendon, and the competitive nature of defender Abbey McDonald will add some grit across the backline but has the potential to play anywhere on the ground.
Alana Gee (pick 19, Southport), Claire Ransom (pick 34, North Hobart), Jasmyn Smith (pick 52, Bond University)
Top Queensland prospect Alana Gee will join last year's number one pick Charlie Rowbottom in the midfield at the Suns, adding even more class and strength around the ball, but also boasting the skills to play a damaging wing role. From Tasmania, Claire Ransom has a similar arsenal, clean on the outside, able to go into the middle and can hit the scoreboard when she goes forward. Offering the reverse, Jasmyn Smith offers plenty of endurance to apply pressure across the forward half but can also get higher up the field to support when needed.
Zarlie Goldsworthy (pick 20, Murray Bushrangers), Fleur Davies (pick 64, Southport), Meghan Gaffney (pick 66, Tasmania Devils), Madison Brazendale (pick 75, Tasmanian Devils), Jodie Hicks (pick 82, Macquarie University), Cambridge McCormick (pick 84, Eastlake), Tess Cattle (pick 86, Ainslie)
A former junior Matilda, Zarlie Goldsworthy has a strong kick and an ability to push forward, so will fit right in amongst the likes of Alyce Parker and Rebecca Beeson around the ball. 185cm Queenslander Fleur Davies helps to solve the Giants' ruck issues, and will likely dive right in as the club's number one ruck option come August. Davies isn't the only interstate player that the Giants lured, either. Tasmanian Meghan Gaffney will complement their strong on ball brigade, offering run and carry on the outside, and knows how to win her own ball. Fellow Tasmanian, Madison Brazendale will likely line up on the opposite wing, with a background in hurdles she is highly athletic and will help solve their need for run. Academy product Tess Cattle adds to their depth across half back and can also run through the middle of the ground, while Jodie Hicks will return to the orange and charcoal with the prospect of playing across the backline. The Giants also passed on their final pick, which now means they can pick up a player from another state who went undrafted.
Jasmine Fleming (pick 2, Oakleigh Chargers), Mackenzie Eardley (pick 6, Dandenong Stingrays), Charlotte Baskaran (pick 9, Western Jets), Bridie Hipwell (pick 10, Sandringham Dragons), Lucy Wales (pick 22, Casey Demons), Emily Everist (pick 25, Bendigo Pioneers), Laura Elliott (pick 26, Western Jets)
Around a host of experience, Jasmine Fleming will be a key part of Hawthorn's inaugural side - the club she grew up supporting. Alongside the likes of Tilly Lucas-Rodd and Kaitlyn Ashmore, Fleming offers the best of both worlds. Strong on the inside and quick on the outside with plenty of agility. Also joining Fleming in the middle will be Charlotte Baskaran and Bridie Hipwell. With the trio, they will be able to develop a strong, quick midfield for the long term. Baskaran thrives at ground level, using her clean hands and speed to break away, while Hipwell offers more of an aerial presence. Importantly for Hawthorn, they have solidified their key defensive stocks by picking up Mackenzie Eardley, Emily Everist and Laura Elliott. At 181cm tall, Eardley is great in the air, reads the ball well and is a reliable interceptor, while Everist and Elliott - 177cm and 170cm respectively - they will be able to cover a broad range of forward setups. Coming into the draft the Hawks' ruck options were Tegan Cunningham and Tamara Luke, so it was important they find a developing ruck option to add to the side, and they have done just that with Lucy Wales. Overall, the Hawks have done well to address the areas of the ground where they hadn't yet found depth. Talent through the middle of the ground, a reliable defensive skeleton and a young ruck, they will prove valuable additions to the experience already recruited to the club.
Maeve Chaplin (pick 44, Casey Demons), Samantha Johnson (pick 49, Casey Demons), Georgia Gall (pick 72, Euroa)
The Demons have looked to their VFLW program to add depth to an already strong list. Maeve Chaplin returns after being delisted earlier in the month, thanks to a strong season in the state league. Meanwhile former St Kilda player, and Casey Demon Samantha Johnson gets another opportunity at senior level. Out of the WBBL Melbourne has recruited 17-year-old Georgia Gall to play a role across the half back line. Athletic and offering plenty of agility, Gall will develop under the guidance of Sinead Goldrick and Sarah Lampard.
Taylah Gatt (pick 28, Dandenong Stingrays), Sophia McCarthy (pick 39, Williamstown), Charli Granville (pick 50, Hawthorn VFLW), Grace Matser (pick 51, Bass Coast), Cassidy Mailer (pick 54, Murray Bushrangers)
After the loss of Kaitlyn Ashmore, Taylah Gatt will slot right in on the wing for North Melbourne with a handy combination of speed and endurance. 20-year-old Sophia McCarthy adds to their forward line that has lost Daisy Bateman and Daria Bannister, able to take a strong contested mark and has strong fundamental skills. Another forward, Charli Granville will offer plenty of speed and agility at ground level and versatile utility Cassidy Mailer can be used in attack, but also on other lines when needed. In a signal that Emma King will become a stay at home forward, Collingwood VFLW ruck Grace Matser will also don the blue and white stripes. Able to provide support at ground level, Matser has good skill for a 187cm player.
Hannah Ewings (pick 3, North Adelaide), Sarah Goodwin (pick 7, Glenelg), Sachi Syme (pick 23, Norwood), Ella Boag (pick 31, Glenelg), Yasmin Duursma (pick 45, Gippsland Power), Amelie Borg (pick 61, North Adelaide), Lily Johnson (pick 80, West Adelaide)
Hannah Ewings offers plenty of strength and power in the forward half for Port Adelaide. Excitingly, she is reliable in the transition from midfield to attack and can go forward and hit the scoreboard. Another midfield/forward option, the classy Sachi Syme will fit right in at Alberton offering strength and a high work rate, while also being a reliable clearance winner. On the wing, the athletic Ella Boag brings elite speed, and Lily Johnsonwill add her smarts to their forward line. In defence and pushing up to the wing is Sarah Goodwin. A good user of the ball, especially via foot, Goodwin is a great rebounding option to really drive Port Adelaide out of the back half. Amelie Borg will join Goodwin in the backline as a relentless and consistent defensive option. Yasmin Duursma also joins brother Xavier in the teal, Yasmin is a very neat user of the ball and assesses the play beautifully.
Charley Ryan (pick 38, Dandenong Stingrays), Eilish Sheerin (pick 58, Inner West Magpies), Katelyn Cox (pick 60, Hawthorn VFLW)
The Tigers have looked to the future with Charley Ryan, who is working back from a torn ACL and will be unable to play in season seven. Nevertheless, she's a classy, skilful player who will no doubt become a mainstay of Richmond's forward line for the long term. Former Giants train-on player Eilish Sheerin will join Libby Graham in making the move to Victoria from NSW after her athleticism caught the Tigers' eye. Able to rebound out of defence or run through the middle, Sheerin can be used in a number of areas. Another VFLW product, small defender Katelyn Cox is getting another shot at AFLW level after injury prevented her from making her debut at North Melbourne in 2021.
J'Noemi Anderson (pick 16, Sandringham Dragons), Hannah Stuart (pick 63, Southern Saints), Deanna Jolliffe (pick 74, Southern Saints), Caitlin Matthews (pick 81, Oakleigh Chargers)
The Saints have dipped into their strong VFLW talent, plucking out both midfielder Hannah Stuart and Deanna Joliffe for their senior side. Stuart is a prolific ball winner who plays four quarters of consistent footy, while intercepting defender Joliffe also offers leadership and composure. J'Noemi Anderson, sister of North Melbourne's Jed, is a livewire forward who has incredible goal sense and agility at the ground level, will add more strength to an attack that now boasts Caitlin Greiser, Nicola Stevens, Kate Shierlaw and Nicola Xenos. Meanwhile the only father-daughter selection of the evening, Caitlin Matthews will add to a developing backline.
Montana Ham (pick 1, Western Jets), Sofia Hurley (pick 5, Sandringham Dragons), Cynthia Hamilton (pick 11, Queanbeyan), Montana Beruldsen (pick 12, Hawthorn VFLW), Alice Mitchell (pick 13, Gunnedah)
The Swans have been able to bolster their midfield with one of the best young midfielders in this season's draft pool, Montana Ham. A big body who knows how to win the ball, with plenty of footy smarts to back that up, she will fit comfortably into the contest for Sydney. Ham is now focused on moving north and "earning the respect of [her] teammates". Set to play in tandem with Ham is Sofia Hurley. Another Victorian to nominate NSW, she is a tough, tackling, clearance-winning midfielder. Local talent Cynthia Hamilton will round out the Swans' top end midfield recruits. Competitive with an impressive work rate, Hamilton is a very clever footballer who can read the game as well as anyone. Sydney has also added mature-aged recruits Montana Beruldsen and Alice Mitchell, who were originally signed as open age recruits, but a paperwork error has meant they needed to be taken via the draft.
Ella Roberts (pick 14, Peel Thunder), Lauren Wakfer (pick 15, South Fremantle), Abbygail Bushby (pick 24, Swan Districts), Zoe Wakfer (pick 36, South Fremantle), Emily Elkington (pick 43, Claremont), Jaide Britton (pick 47, Peel Thunder), Mikayla Western (pick 53, Claremont)
Touted as the best talent in the country for this year's draft pool, the Eagles have a good one in Ella Roberts. She knows how to win the ball, is very strong in the air and can also hit the scoreboard too. The Eagles also pulled the biggest surprise of the evening, recruiting not just Lauren Wakfer but twin sister Zoe Wakfer in the first round. Through the middle of the ground, Emily Elkington brings her neat kick, two way running and evasion, and Jaide Britton will complement the Eagles' ball winners out on the wing with her speed and endurance. Another feel good story of the night is Mikayla Western who, as a train-on player for Fremantle last season got a very late call up to play after COVID outs decimated the side. Her speed and willingness to apply pressure across the forward half will hopefully help West Coast find more territory control in games and, in turn, create more scoring opportunities.
Rylie Wilcox (pick 21, Northern Knights), Keeley Coyne (pick 29, Sandringham Dragons), Heidi Woodley (pick 37, Calder Cannons), Brooke Vernon (pick 68, Carlton)
The Western Bulldogs have arguably stolen a few sliders once again this season, with Rylie Wilcox an elite talent. Leaning right into the Dogs' running game style, Wilcox is quick and clever out on the wing and will help to replace Brooke Lochland's relentless running on the outside. Midfielder Keeley Coyne offers clever decision making and the ability to win the ball, adding depth around the contest and will no doubt learn plenty from Ellie Blackburn and Kirsty Lamb. Meanwhile former Carlton defender Brooke Vernon will help the backline's development. After both Isabel Huntington and Bonnie Toogood moved on during the off season, adding more in attack was always going to be a priority for the Dogs, and they have done so with Heidi Woodley. From the Calder Cannons, she brings breakaway speed and evasive running, so alongside Daisy Bateman will create headaches for opposition defences.