Mock teams: How AFLW's new clubs will line up in round one

THIS time next week, four new teams will be making their debuts in the NAB AFL Women's competition. has put its selectors' hat on and predicted how sides will line up in their inaugural games.

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Just a reminder if you're a new fan to the AFLW competition, sides have 16 on the field (a 5-6-5 formation at centre bounces), with five on the bench.


B: Serene Watson, Leah Kaslar, Tayla Thorn
HB: Tiarna Ernst, Sam Virgo
C: Paige Parker, Jacqui Yorston, Tori Groves-Little
HF: Jasmyn Hewett, Britt Perry
FF: Jordann Hickey, Taylor Smith, Maddy Roberts
Foll: Lauren Bella, Jamie Stanton, Jade Pregelj
Int: Dee Heslop, Molly Ritson, Sally Riley, Kate Surman, Cheyenne Hammond

Others: Lauren Ahrens, Georgia Breward, Hannah Dunn, Alexia Hamilton, Charlotte Hammans, Ellie Hampson, Kalinda Howarth, Emma Pittman, Kitara Whap-Farrar

First-choice players Emma Pittman (ACL), Kitara Whap-Farrar (knee) and Ellie Hampson (ankle) are all confirmed to miss at least round one through injury.

The Suns line-up is young and local, with some classy draftees in Serene Watson and Dee Heslop supported by players brought in from the club's academy, including midfielders Kate Surman and Molly Ritson and small forward Maddy Roberts.

Gold Coast players pose for a team photo. Picture: AFL Photos

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B: Sarah Sansonetti, Rebecca Miller, Laura Bailey
HB: Phoebe Monahan, Akec Makur Chuot
C: Ella Wood, Grace Campbell, Maddy Brancatisano
HF: Sabrina Frederick, Christina Bernardi
FF: Tayla Stahl, Courtney Wakefield, Laura McClelland
Foll: Alice Edmonds, Katie Brennan, Monique Conti
Int: Holly Whitfield, Gabby Seymour, Kodi Jacques, Sophie Molan, Lauren Tesoriero

Others: Hannah Burchell, Nekaela Butler, Kate Dempsey, Ciara Fitzgerald, Emily Harley, Emma Horne, Iilish Ross, Cleo Saxon-Jones, Alana Woodward

The Tigers look set to field a few established stars of the game (Katie Brennan, Monique Conti and Christina Bernardi) alongside a mix of VFLW players and young draftees.

Laura Bailey, Akec Makur Chuot and Holly Whitfield are among players delisted from clubs who get a second shot, while 18-year-olds Sophie Molan, Ella Wood and Laura McClelland have impressed this pre-season.

Grace Campbell has been a star of the Tigers' VFLW side, but is yet to play a pre-season match, so is one to watch around selection.

Katie Brennan leads the Tigers out before a practice match ahead of the 2020 season. Picture: AFL Photos

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B: Clara Fitzpatrick, Serena Karlson, Tamara Luke
HB: Ali Brown, Tilly Lucas-Rodd
C: Ali Drennan, Olivia Vesely, Georgia Patrikios
HF: Kate Shierlaw, Molly McDonald
FF: Caitlin Greiser, Kate McCarthy, Jess Sedunary
Foll: Poppy Kelly, Rosie Dillon, Nat Exon
Int: Darcy Guttridge, Samantha Johnson, Cat Phillips, Nicola Xenos, Emma Mackie

Others: Melissa Kuys, Courteney Munn, Kelly O'Neill, Hannah Priest, Isabella Shannon, Nadia von Bertouch, Rhiannon Watt, Tarni White, Claudia Whitfort

It's a very steady, if relatively unknown, team sheet coming out of Moorabbin.

The word from other clubs is the Saints have the most well-rounded coverage across the field out of the four new sides, with a bulk of players coming from the club's VFLW team Southern Saints.

There's AFLW experience in the forward line with Kate Shierlaw, Kate McCarthy and Jess Sedunary, while classy pick No.5 Georgia Patrikios looks set for a big season in the midfield.

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B: McKenzie Dowrick, Mhicca Carter, Talia Radan
HB: Ashton Hill, Emily McGuire
C: Emily Bonser, Melissa Caulfield, Mikayla Bowen
HF: Ashlee Atkins, Emma Swanson
FF: Grace Kelly, Tarnee Tester, Kellie Gibson
Foll: Danika Pisconeri, Dana Hooker, Imahra Cameron
Int: Parris Laurie, Courtney Guard, Niamh Kelly, Sophie McDonald, Belinda Smith

Others: Kate Bartlett, Hayley Bullas, Maddy Collier, Cassie Davidson, Beatrice Devlyn, Alicia Janz, Kate Orme, Chantella Perera

There's so far one definite omission from West Coast's side, with ruck Alicia Janz ruled out for the season with a meniscus injury.

The Eagles had strong patches in a practice match against Richmond, with the club's first draftee Imahra Cameron impressing out of the centre square.

Consistency across the board could be an issue, but any forward line containing Kellie Gibson and WAFLW leading goalkicker Tarnee Tester is a dangerous prospect.