Kiely, a mature-aged AFLW recruit, is arguably more deserving than anyone of a spot on an AFLW list.
The 27-year-old has played in multiple Tasmanian and New South Wales state league women’s premierships and proved a strong performer in the VFLW as well. Kiely averaged 24 disposals across 14 games at the level, showing an ability to rack up huge numbers, including 36 and 34-disposal displays against Richmond’s VFLW affiliate Port Melbourne and Southern Saints. A physiotherapist by trade, Kiely was described by Richmond recruiting manager Trent Moseby as an A-grade human being. After missing out on multiple drafts, Kiely finally gets her chance to impress at the top-grade in 2022.