MORE than 20 WA footballers will be playing in next year’s inaugural AFL Women’s competition after being drafted today.
East Fremantle and Coastal Titans football clubs were the biggest winners in the draft, with seven players from each finding their way to a list.
Five were drafted from Swan Districts, three from Peel Thunderbirds and one from South Fremantle.
The Fremantle Dockers did not have to look far for talent, with all 18 players selected in the draft hailing from WA clubs.
Eighteen of the 23 WA draftees will remain in Perth, but the others will be heading interstate, with Brisbane, Greater Western Sydney and Collingwood all digging into the WA talent pool.
Four WA players went in the top 20, with Coastal Titans’ Hayley Miller the Dockers’ first selection at pick four and East Fremantle’s Brianna Green and Swan District’s Ashley Sharp not too far away at picks 13 and 20 respectively.
Greater Western Sydney used pick 17 to lure Coastal Titan Aimee Schmidt to New South Wales.
True to her word in the lead up to the draft, Dockers coach Michelle Cowan highlighted the local flavour within the side.
“We are really proud that this group of girls we have drafted is 100 per cent WA talent,” she said.
“We are really looking forward to getting them on the track and seeing what happens in 2017.”
Fremantle had four free agency spots available following the draft, with one of those filled by Coastal Titans product Tarnica Golisano.
The remaining positions will be filled in the coming weeks.
Hayley Miller, Coastal Titans (4); Brianna Green, East Fremantle (13); Ashley Sharp, Swan Districts (20); Lara Filocamo, Coastal Titans (29); Tiah Haynes, Coastal Titans (36); Kira Phillips, Peel Thunderbirds (45); Tayla Bresland, Peel Thunderbirds (52); Amy Lavell, Coastal Titans (61); Stacey Barr, Swan Districts (68); Melissa Caulfield, East Fremantle (77); Cassie Davidson, East Fremantle (84); Taylah Angel, Swan Districts (93); Belinda Smith, East Fremantle (100); Stephanie Cain, Swan Districts (109); Kelly Clinch, Coastal Titans (116); Demi Okely, Peel Thunderbirds (125); Dana Hooker, Coastal Titans (130); Akec Chuot, Swan Districts (139)
WA players drafted interstate
Aimee Schmidt, GWS (17); Jessica Wuetschner, Brisbane (34); Caitlyn Edwards, Collingwood (43); Ruby Schleicher, Collingwood (137); Tara Morgan, Collingwood (144)