Tigers trade No.1 pick to poach another star Bulldog

NEW AFLW team Richmond has continued its raid of the Western Bulldogs, poaching star midfielder Monique Conti.

Conti will join her former captain Katie Brennan at Punt Road next season, with the Bulldogs to receive the No.1 draft pick from the Tigers.

The 19-year-old Conti, who also plays basketball for the Melbourne Boomers in the WNBL, was best on ground in the 2018 AFLW Grand Final.

On a busy day of transactions, Adelaide re-signed co-captain Erin Phillips but won't know until early next year whether she'll play in 2020, while Carlton re-contracted 21 players, including 2019 NAB AFLW Rising Star Madison Prespakis, All Australian defender Kerryn Harrington and forwards Darcy Vescio and Tayla Harris. The quartet signed two-year deals.

The Blues did not have an update on the status of captain Bri Davey, who has requested a trade to Collingwood.

Midfielder Millie Mullane has retired from AFLW after playing 22 games across three seasons, 14 at Collingwood in 2017-18 and eight at Carlton in 2019. The Blues have also delisted Tilly Lucas-Rodd and rookie Courtney Webb.

The Crows locked away a swag of players on Wednesday, including Phillips’ fellow All Australians Ebony Marinoff and Stevie-Lee Thompson.

Phillips, 34 next month, had a left knee reconstruction two weeks ago after rupturing her ACL in the Grand Final. The club indicated she would be given until February to make a decision about her playing future.

Adelaide also confirmed it had traded versatile tall Jessica Allan to Greater Western Sydney for a third-round draft pick. Allan, the sister of premiership defender Sarah Allan, was on the team’s inactive list this past season after taking a job with the Australian Army.

The Crows said lively forward Ruth Wallace would return to the team in 2020 after missing 2019 for personal reasons.

The Bulldogs re-signed midfielder Angelica Gogos and defender Elyse Gamble, but cut defender Jessie Davies and forward Tessa Boyd, the sister of the club’s AFL premiership ruckman Tom Boyd.

With only two days remaining in the second part of the AFLW Trade and Signing Period, the futures of several players remains uncertain. 

Davey’s request to move might depend on Collingwood’s willingness to hand the Blues the No.2 selection in this year’s NAB AFLW Draft – and possibly more. 

Western Bulldogs defender Libby Birch wants to be a Demon, but there was no official movement on that front on Wednesday.

Melbourne is still to confirm whether Daisy Pearce will return in 2020. The star onballer had twins earlier this year. 

The Magpies re-signed defenders Emma Grant and Jordy Allen, midfielder Kristy Stratton, and ex-Australian netballer Sharni Layton, while the Dees added defender Shelley Heath and forward Ainslie Kemp to their list.

CONFIRMED TRANSACTIONS

ADELAIDE
Signed: Sarah Allan, Ailish Considine (rookie), Dayna Cox, Courtney Cramey, Angela Foley, Jessica Foley, Renee Forth, Nikki Gore, Anne Hatchard, Eloise Jones, Sophie Li, Ebony Marinoff, Hannah Martin, Rhiannon Metcalfe, Justine Mules, Maisie Nankivell (rookie), Erin Phillips, Danielle Ponter, Marijana Rajcic, Chelsea Randall, Chloe Scheer, Stevie-Lee Thompson, Deni Varnhagen, Ruth Wallace
Delisted/Traded/Expansion Signings: Jessica Allan (Greater Western Sydney), Jasmyn Hewett (Gold Coast), Rheanne Lugg, Jenna McCormick, Sarah Perkins, Sally Riley, Katelyn Rosenzweig, Jess Sedunary (St Kilda)

BRISBANE
Signed: Ally Anderson, Lauren Arnell, Emily Bates, Shannon Campbell, Arianna Clarke, Sophie Conway, Gabby Collingwood, Jade Ellenger, Natalie Grider, Jessy Keeffe, Breanna Koenen, Kate Lutkins, Brianna McFarlane (rookie), Jesse Wardlaw, Sharni Webb, Jess Wuestchner, Jordan Zanchetta, Emma Zielke. Three first-round selections (currently pick 11, 12 and 13 from Richmond, St Kilda and West Coast)
Delisted/Traded/Expansion Signings: Bella Ayre (retired), Lauren Bella (Gold Coast), Ruby Blair (retired), McKenzie Dowrick (West Coast), Nat Exon (St Kilda), Sabrina Frederick (Richmond), Tori Groves-Little (Gold Coast), Megan Hunt (delisted), Leah Kaslar (Gold Coast), Kate McCarthy (St Kilda), Paige Parker (Gold Coast), Emma Pittman (Gold Coast), Krystal Scott (rookie, delisted), Sam Virgo (Gold Coast), Jacqui Yorston (Gold Coast)

CARLTON
Signed: Lauren Brazzale, Chloe Dalton, Alison Downie, Jess Edwards, Georgia Gee, Kerryn Harrington, Tayla Harris, Jess Hosking, Sarah Hosking, Katie Loynes, Abbie McKay, Breann Moody, Natalie Plane, Gabriella Pound, Madison Prespakis, Nicola Stevens, Jayde Van Dyk, Darcy Vescio, Brooke Walker, Charlotte Wilson, Emerson Woods
Delisted/Traded/Expansion Signings:  Shae Audley, Kirby Bentley, Reni Hicks, Bridie Kennedy, Tilly Lucas-Rodd (all delisted); Amelia Mullane (retired), Rhiannon Watt (St Kilda), Courtney Webb (delisted)

COLLINGWOOD
Signed: Sophie Alexander, Jordy Allen, Britt Bonnici, Lauren Butler, Mikala Cann, Sophie Casey, Steph Chiocci, Sarah D'Arcy, Sarah Dargan, Erica Fowler, Emma Grant, Georgia Gourlay, Eliza Hynes, Jaimee Lambert, Sharni Layton, Stacey Livingstone, Katie Lynch, Chloe Molloy, Ruby Schleicher, Maddie Shevlin, Kristy Stratton
Delisted/Traded/Expansion Signings: Darcy Guttridge (St Kilda), Iilish Ross (Richmond), Cecilia McIntosh (retired)

FREMANTLE
Signed: Ebony Antonio, Kiara Bowers, Tayla Bresland, Steph Cain, Kara Donnellan, Sabreena Duffy, Evie Gooch, Katie-Jayne Grieve, Gemma Houghton, Leah Mascall, Hayley Miller, Gabby O'Sullivan, Laura Pugh, Matilda Sergeant, Philipa Seth, Ashley Sharp, Angelique Stannett, Alex Williams
Delisted/Traded/Expansion Signings: Ashlee Atkins (West Coast), Melissa Caulfield (West Coast), Kellie Gibson (West Coast), Brianna Green (West Coast), Courtney Guard (nee Stubbs; West Coast), Dana Hooker (West Coast), Alicia Janz (West Coast), Parris Laurie (West Coast)

GEELONG
Signed: N/A
Delisted/Traded/Expansion Signings: Erin Hoare (retired)

GOLD COAST
Signed: Lauren Bella (Brisbane), Tiarna Ernst (Western Bulldogs), Tori Groves-Little (Brisbane), Charlotte Hammans, Ellie Hampson (both u/18), Jasmyn Hewett (Adelaide), Leah Kaslar, Paige Parker, Emma Pittman (all Brisbane), Jamie Stanton (North Melbourne), Sam Virgo (Brisbane), Kitara Whap-Farrar (u/18), Jacqui Yorston (Brisbane)
Delisted/Traded/Expansion Signings: N/A

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
Signed: Jessica Allan (Adelaide), Jacinda Barclay, Nicola Barr, Rebecca Beeson, Elle Bennetts, Yvonne Bonner, Ellie Brush, Jess Dal Pos, Taylah Davies (rookie), Alicia Eva, Amanda Farrugia, Tanya Hetherington, Jodie Hicks, Erin McKinnon, Ingrid Nielsen, Alyce Parker, Pepa Randall, Aimee Schmidt, Cora Staunton, Louise Stephenson, Britt Tully, Haneen Zreika
Delisted/Traded/Expansion Signings: Christina Bernardi (Richmond), Maddy Collier (West Coast), Delma Gisu (delisted), Tait Mackrill (delisted), Phoebe Monahan (Richmond), Ebony O'Dea (delisted), Brittany Perry (delisted), Emma Swanson (West Coast), Renee Tomkins (delisted), Lisa Whiteley (delisted), third-round selection (Adelaide)

MELBOURNE
Signed: Harriet Cordner, Tegan Cunningham, Meg Downie, Chantel Emonson (rookie), Maddison Gay, Madeleine Guerin, Tyla Hanks, Shelley Heath, Kate Hore, Bianca Jakobsson, Ainslie Kemp, Sarah Lampard, Lily Mithen, Aliesha Newman, Elise O'Dea, Karen Paxman, Lauren Pearce, Shelley Scott, Casey Sherriff, Shae Sloane (rookie), Katherine Smith, Eden Zanker
Delisted/Traded/Expansion Signings: Maddy Brancatisano (Richmond), Cat Phillips (St Kilda)

NORTH MELBOURNE
Signed: Sophie Abbatangelo, Kaitlyn Ashmore, Daria Bannister, Daisy Bateman, Nicole Bresnehan, Jenna Bruton, Jess Duffin, Jasmine Garner, Britt Gibson, Kate Gillespie-Jones, Jasmine Grierson, Danielle Hardiman, Emma Kearney, Elisha King, Emma King, Beth Lynch, Taylor Mesiti, Tahlia Randall, Ash Riddell, Jess Trend
Delisted/Traded/Expansion Signings: Alison Drennan (St Kilda), Chloe Haines (delisted), Libby Haines (delisted), Moana Hope (delisted), Emma Humphries (delisted), Courteney Munn (St Kilda), Georgia Nanscawen (delisted), Maddison Smith (delisted), Jamie Stanton (Gold Coast), Jessie Williams (rookie, delisted)

RICHMOND
Signed: Christina Bernardi (Greater Western Sydney), Maddy Brancatisano (Melbourne), Monique Conti (Western Bulldogs), Katie Brennan (Western Bulldogs), Sabrina Frederick (Brisbane), Phoebe Monahan (Greater Western Sydney), Iilish Ross (Collingwood)
Delisted/Traded/Expansion Signing: First-round selection (Brisbane), first-round selection (Western Bulldogs)

ST KILDA
Signed: Alison Brown (academy), Alison Drennan (North Melbourne), Nat Exon (Brisbane), Darcy Guttridge (Collingwood), Selena Karlson (Western Bulldogs), Kate McCarthy (Brisbane), Molly McDonald (u/18), Courteney Munn (North Melbourne), Cat Phillips (Melbourne), Isabella Shannon (u/18), Jess Sedunary (Adelaide), Rhiannon Watt (Carlton)
Delisted/Traded/Expansion Signings: First-round selection (Brisbane)

WEST COAST
Signed: Ashlee Atkins (Fremantle), Mikayla Bowen (u/18), Melissa Caulfield (Fremantle), Maddy Collier (Greater Western Sydney), Rosie Deegan (u/18), McKenzie Dowrick (Brisbane), Kellie Gibson (Fremantle), Brianna Green (Fremantle), Courtney Guard (nee Stubbs; Fremantle), Dana Hooker (Fremantle), Alicia Janz (Fremantle), Parris Laurie (Fremantle), Belinda Smith (Western Bulldogs), Emma Swanson (Greater Western Sydney)
Delisted/Traded/Expansion Signing: First-round selection (Brisbane)

WESTERN BULLDOGS
Signed: Deanna Berry, Ellie Blackburn, Eleanor Brown, Naomi Ferres, Ellyse Gamble, Angelica Gogos, Bailey Hunt, Isabel Huntington, Kirsty Lamb, Brooke Lochland, Aisling McCarthy, Kirsten McLeod, Celine Moody, Kim Rennie, Hannah Scott, Lauren Spark, Bonnie Toogood, Aisling Utri
Delisted/Traded/Expansion Signings: Tessa Boyd, Katie Brennan (Richmond), Monique Conti (Richmond), Jessie Davies, Tiarna Ernst (Gold Coast), Selena Karlson (St Kilda), Belinda Smith (Western Bulldogs)