AFLW: Swan Districts expects a number of women’s players to enter Draft

Swan Districts women’s league side won the 2017 WAWFL premiership.
Adelaide co-captain Chelsea Randall, coach Bec Goddard and co-captain Erin Phillips.
Swan Districts women’s league side won the 2017 WAWFL premiership. Adelaide co-captain Chelsea Randall, coach Bec Goddard and co-captain Erin Phillips.

SWAN Districts Football Club’s women’s league coach Nicole Graves says about five players will enter the 2017 AFL Women’s (AFLW) Draft with the hope of playing for interstate clubs.

The club won a clean-sweep in the WA Women’s Football League, reserves and Rogers Cup in August.

Swans players Akec Makur (Susan) Chuot, Alicia Janz and Stephanie Cain were among 12 players delisted from Fremantle and have nominated in the draft, which will be held on October 18.

Premiership star Courtney Ugle has nominated in the Queensland draft.

There were 10 other Swans players on AFLW club lists, including Adelaide co-captain Chelsea Randall, who won the inaugural AFLW premiership.

Graves said she was hopeful that Fremantle, Brisbane, Adelaide and some Victorian clubs would recruit the club’s draft hopefuls.

“We have been working with the east coast clubs to get our players that we don’t think that would be picked up by Fremantle or don’t want to go to Fremantle to be picked up by the eastern states,” she said.

“We believe that at least Alicia Janz and Steph Cain would get picked up again.

“We obviously have a lot of good kids but most of them are ineligible age, so our two youngest draftees coming into this draft that are eligible would be Emily McGuire and Taylah McAuliffe.

“Susan Chuot will more than likely get picked up; she has nominated for the Victorian draft and has been chatting to some clubs over there.”

Graves said other Swans players were not nominating in this year’s draft.

“Some will wait until West Coast because they don’t want to move interstate,” she said.

“It is a bit of a barrier where there isn’t enough money to relocate.”

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