2017 NAB AFL
Top 8 AFLW Draft Picks
Who’s got game, who’s got the W factor, and who’s got the potential to go the distance? Find out who joined your AFLW club and meet the next gen of AFLW stars from the 2017 NAB AFL Women’s Draft.
01 Isabel Huntington
A key forward / midfielder who played a starring role in the 2016 youth girls national championships. She showed her ability to dominate a game during the championships, with five goals and over 30 possessions in one outing. Has been unable to play in 2017 after suffering an ACL injury, however will be ready to go for season 2018.
02 Stephanie Cain
Originally drafted with to the Fremantle Dockers with selection 109 of the 2016 NAB AFL Women’s Draft, she was delisted at the conclusion of the AFLW season but is back in the mix after a stellar year in the West Australian Women’s Football League.
03 Chloe Malloy
A highly decorated player despite only being 18 years old, Chloe won both the leading goal kicker award and best and fairest at TAC Cup level. After making the step up to VFL Women’s level Chloe won the leading goal kicker award, VFLW rising star and made VFLW team of the year.
04 Monique Conti
A huge talent with a basketball background, Monique was recognised as the 2016-17 Women’s National Basketball League Rookie of the Year. She backed that up with an outstanding year at TAC Cup level by being included in the TAC Cup Girls team of the year.
05 Jodie Hicks
A top level cricketer who has represented the Sydney sixers in the WBBL. Jodie has sghown hue potential at junior football level, representing NSW/ACT at the youth girls championships and being named in the All Australian Squad on two separate occasions.
06 Eden Zanker
A key forward with a powerful leap, Eden is rarely beating in a marking contest on the lead or in one on one contests. Only recently returned to Australian Football, she was rewarded for an outstanding season being selected in both the 2017 TAC Cup Girls Team of the year and AFLW Under-18s All-Australian side.
07 Jordan Zanchetta
Arguably the best open age player to not appear during the 2017 AFL Women’s Season, she seemed a certainty to be selected in the inaugural draft before suffering a serious knee injury. A two-time All-Australian at Youth Girls level, she is also a joint winner of the best and fairest medal in the QWFL. Is set for a big year of football in 2018.
08 Jessica Allan
A tall, athletic key position player, who can play forward or in the ruck. Coming from a basketball background, she is a great contested mark who also has elite kicking skills. Named vice-captain of the 2017 NAB AFLW Under-18 All Australian team.
AFL Womens Draft 101
What is the AFL Womens Draft?
The draft is one of the most exciting days in the AFLW calendar – it's an official AFL meeting where AFLW clubs select new players to join their teams from the next gen of AFL Women’s talent.
Who can be selected?
Players can only get drafted if they are (1) over the age of 18 as of January 1 of next season (2) not an already listed 2017 AFLW player and (3) if they haven’t already accepted a Contract Offer from a club.
Who decides the selection order?
To level out the playing field, clubs get to select players in the reverse order of the previous AFLW competition finishing positions. So in theory, if you come last, you get first choice of the best fresh talent… BUT be careful as the order can shuffle around in the pre-draft trading period, where clubs can trade draft picks for players.
The father-daughter rule
Like in the men’s AFL Draft, clubs can use the father-daughter rule, which gives them first-access to players whose fathers have previously played one game for the club.
What happens if you’re not selected?
For players that aren’t selected in the primary Draft, there’s always the Rookie Draft two days later! Three rookie players can be selected per club.
How many selections are there?
Clubs can choose to make selections in the Primary Draft up to a full-list of 27 or only select up to 26 and leave one spot on their Primary List open for an unsigned player selection. It is expected there will be between 41 and 49 players selected at this year’s draft.