AFLW draft: Making dreams come true

Just some of the 2020 AFLW draftees from regional Australia.
Just some of the 2020 AFLW draftees from regional Australia.

The AFLW draft is part dream-maker, part dream breaker.

For the Blue Mountains' Brenna Tarrant it was all joy and there was were no better reaction at news of draft success yesterday.

She might have been studying at the library for her Year 12 HSC exams but ... it didn't much matter.

For Greater Western Victoria Rebels duo Sophie Molan and Ella Wood nerves were running high as they sat in the Pavilion at the Melbourne Showgrounds during the AFLW draft.

Despite the fact both had been projected to be drafted, Molan and Wood saidthey were the furthest thing from calm as the names began to be called out.

"I was so nervous at the start of the day," Molan said.

"My family were reassuring me at home that I would get drafted but you just don't believe it until it happens."

Wood echoed her Rebels teammate's sentiments.

"There was a lot of shaking and sweating, I've been super nervous in the lead up to this day. It's something I'd worked for over the past 11 or 12 years," Wood said.

Horsham's Nekaela Butler also will start her AFLW career with the Tigers.

Chantella Perera, pictured during her time with Bendigo Spirit, was drafted by AFLW club West Coast Eagles

Chantella Perera, pictured during her time with Bendigo Spirit, was drafted by AFLW club West Coast Eagles

Butler, selected at pick 55, was attending her last day of school when the news came through, sending Horsham College into rapturous celebration.

"I don't know what to say - I've always hoped for it, it was a dream, but I didn't think it would actually happen," Butler said. "It's a really surreal feeling right now."

Meanwhile, a two-time championship player with Bendigo Spirit, Chantella Perera has become the latest WNBL basketballer to make her way to the AFLW.

Perera, who played in four championships in total, was drafted by expansion club West Coast Eagles with pick number 101 in the AFLW draft.

The AFLW dream of Wagga's Gabby Colvin came true on Tuesday when she was picked up by Melbourne.

Three years after playing her first game of Australian rules, Colvin was picked up by the Demons with selection number 77 in the AFLW Draft.

"I had chats with Geelong and Melbourne and they both seemed like really good fits with their culture," she said.

"I would have been happy to go to either club but I'm stoked it's Melbourne. I know most of the girls there and have played with a lot of them before."

Maria Moloney was drafted by Brisbane on Tuesday. Picture: Instagram/Virginia Moloney

Maria Moloney was drafted by Brisbane on Tuesday. Picture: Instagram/Virginia Moloney

Maria Moloney, the sister of Commonwealth Games marathon representative Virginia, realised her football dream is much closer than she thought after being selected by Brisbane in Tuesday's AFLW draft.

The 24-year-old was picked up from the University of Queensland's Red Lions and was the Lions' final selection in this year's draft, taken with pick 75.

Two Launceston Football Club stars who drove contrasting roads to the AFLW draft have had their dreams fulfilled as Abbey Green and Mia King were selected by North Melbourne.

After just two seasons of football, Corowa export Cathy Svarc has been drafted by Brisbane for the 2020 AFLW campaign.

The 27-year-old was selected by the Lions in the first round of the draft on Tuesday with pick 16.

Newcastle multi-sport talent Sarah Halvorsen completed a rapid rise to the peak of Australian Rules on Tuesday when she was drafted to the GWS Giants for the 2020 AFLW season.

The 23-year-old and former Nelson Bay player Lisa Steane were the Giants' second and fourth picks respectively in the national draft, where they were taken at 61st and 23rd overall.

Queanbeyan Tigers young gun Lexie Hamilton. Picture: Jamila Toderas

Queanbeyan Tigers young gun Lexie Hamilton. Picture: Jamila Toderas

Queanbeyan Tigers young gun Lexie Hamilton is bound for the Gold Coast after being drafted.

Hamilton is one of four draftees being taken straight out of the AFL Canberra competition and onto an AFLW list in an expanded 14-team competition in 2020.

The AFLW draft differs from the AFL men's draft in that players can nominate the region that they are eligible to be selected in due to the competition's part-time nature.

In Victoria, players can nominate for all eight clubs in the state, for Geelong specifically or the Melbourne metropolitan region - which covers seven teams and excludes the Cats.

There are now 14 clubs in the AFLW, after the additions of the Tigers, West Coast, Gold Coast and St Kilda, but the first round of the draft had 18 selections, due to expansion compensation picks.



1. Western Bulldogs - Gabby Newton (Northern Knights)

2. Carlton - Lucy McEvoy (Geelong Falcons)

3. Brisbane Lions - Lily Postlethwaite (Maroochydore)

4. GWS Giants - Maggie Gorham (Belconnen)

5. St Kilda - Georgia Patrikios (Calder Cannons)

6. Western Bulldogs - Nell Morris-Dalton (Northern Knights)

7. Richmond - Sophie Molan (GWV Rebels)

8. Western Bulldogs - Gemma Lagioia (Oakleigh Chargers)

9. Western Bulldogs - Elisabeth Georgostathis (Western Jets)

10. North Melbourne - Ellie Gavalas (Western Bulldogs VFLW)

11. Geelong Cats - Millie Brown - father-daughter selection (Murray Bushrangers)

12. Fremantle - Roxanne Roux (East Fremantle)

13. Carlton - Grace Egan (Richmond VFLW)

14. Adelaide Crows - Montana McKinnon (South Adelaide)

15. Brisbane Lions - Isabel Dawes (Maroochydore)

16. Brisbane Lions - Catherine Svarc (Wilston Grange)

17. Brisbane Lions - Hannah Hillman (Cooparoo)

18. Gold Coast Suns - Serene Watson (Bond University)


19. West Coast - Imahra Cameron (Swan Districts)

20. Brisbane Lions - Lucy Bellinger (Glenelg)

21. Fremantle - Mim Strom (Swan Districts)

22. Gold Coast Suns - Hannah Dunn (Queanbeyan)

23. GWS Giants - Lisa Steane (Nelson Bay)

24. St Kilda - Rosie Dillon (Box Hill)

25. Richmond - Laura McClelland (Eastern Ranges)

26. Carlton - Brooke Vernon (Dandenong)

27. St Kilda - Nicola Xenos (Oakleigh Chargers)

28. Brisbane Lions - Tahlia Hickie (Coorparoo)

29. GWS Giants - Annalyse Lister (Darebin Falcons)

30. St Kilda - Tarni White (Coorparoo)

31. Richmond - Ella Wood (GMV Rebels)

32. North Melbourne - Sarah Wright (Carlton VFLW)

33. St Kilda - Tamara Luke (Hawthorn VFLW)

34. Geelong Cats - Gemma Wright (Carlton VFLW)

35. Fremantle - Ann McMahon (East Fremantle)

36. Carlton - Sharnie Whiting (Williamstown)

37. Adelaide Crows - Najwa Allen (Norwood)

38. Gold Coast Suns - Alexia Hamilton (Canberra)

39. West Coast - Sophie McDonald (Claremont)

40. Richmond - Sarah Sansonetti (Northern Knights)

41. St Kilda - Hannah Priest (Norwood)


42. Gold Coast Suns - Brittany Perry (North Adelaide)

43. Richmond - Holly Whitford (Melbourne University)

44. Carlton - Serena Gibbs (Eastern Ranges)

45. Brisbane Lions - Selina Priest (Coolangatta-Tweed)

46. Adelaide Crows - Nicole Campbell (South Adelaide)

47. Western Bulldogs - Isabella Grant - father-daughter selection (Spotswood)

48. Western Bulldogs - Britney Gutknecht (Northern Knights)

49. North Melbourne - Mia King (Launceston)

50. Geelong Cats - Nicole Garner (Casey Demons)

51. Fremantle - Emma O'Driscoll (Swan Districts)

52. Carlton - Vaomua Laloifi (Western Bulldogs VFLW)

53. Adelaide Crows - Jaimi Tabb (Woodville West Torrens)

54. Melbourne - Jacqueline Parry (Canberra)

55. Richmond - Nekaela Butler (GWV Rebels)

56. West Coast - Tarnee Tester (Subiaco)

57. Gold Coast Suns - Cheyanne Hammond (South Adelaide)


58. Richmond - Cleo Saxon-Jones (Western Jets)

59. Carlton - Courtney Jones (Southern Saints)

60. Brisbane Lions - Dakota Davidson (University of Queensland)

61. GWS Giants - Sarah Halvorsen (Newcastle City)

62. Western Bulldogs - Amelia Van Oosterwijck (Oakleigh Chargers)

63. St Kilda - pass

64. North Melbourne - Tahni Nestor (Melbourne University)

65. Geelong Cats - Mia Skinner (Geelong Falcons)

66. Fremantle - Sarah Garstone (Claremont)

67. Collingwood - Kaila Bentvelzen (Casey Demons)

68. Adelaide Crows - Caitlin Gould (Glenelg)

69. Gold Coast Suns - Dee Heslop (Yeronga)

70. West Coast - Katherine Orme (Claremont)

71. Richmond - Laura Bailey (Richmond VFLW)

72. Melbourne - Brenna Tarrant (East Coast Eagles)


73. Richmond - Emma Horne (Richmond VFLW)

74. Collingwood - Jordan Membrey (Hawthorn VFLW)

75. Brisbane Lions - Maria Moloney (University of Queensland)

76. GWS Giants - Emily Goodsir (East Coast Eagles)

77. Melbourne - Gabrielle Colvin (Darebin Falcons)

78. Melbourne - Krstel Petrevski (Calder Cannons)

79. North Melbourne - Abbey Green (Launceston)

80. Geelong Cats - Amy McDonald (Geelong VFLW)

81. Fremantle - Janelle Cuthbertson (Perth Angels)

82. Collingwood - Alana Porter (Oakleigh Chargers)

83. Adelaide Crows - Courtney Gum (South Adelaide)

84. Richmond - Kate Dempsey (Richmond VFLW)

85. Fremantle - Bianca Webb (Swan Districts)

86. Gold Coast Suns - Jade Pregelj (Yeronga)


87. Richmond - Ciara Fitzgerald (Northern Knights)

88. Western Bulldogs - pass

89. Collingwood - Ebony O'Dea (GWS Giants)

90. GWS Giants - Georgia Garnett (East Coast Eagles)

91. Gold Coast Suns - Georgia Breward (Coolangatta-Tweed)

92. West Coast - Talia Radan (Hawthorn VFLW)

93. Richmond - Emily Harley (Oakleigh Chargers)

94. Collingwood - Machaelia Donna Roberts (NT Thunder)

95. GWS Giants - Tait Mackrill (UNSW Eastern Suburbs)

96. Richmond - Lauren Tesoriero (Richmond VFLW)

97. GWS Giants - Rebecca Privitelli (UNSW Eastern Suburbs)

98. Geelong Cats - Madison Maguire (Geelong VFLW)

99. GWS Giants - Lisa Whiteley (UNSW Eastern Suburbs)


100. Adelaide Crows - Madison Newman (West Adelaide)

101. West Coast - Chantella Perera (Hawthorn VFL)

102. Adelaide Crows - Chelsea Biddell (West Adelaide)