Fremantle Dockers recruit locally in 2018 AFLW draft

Fremantle Dockers have drafted new players for the 2019 season. Picture: Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images
Fremantle Dockers have drafted new players for the 2019 season. Picture: Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images

THE Fremantle Dockers’ women’s team has again turned to local talent in the 2018 AFLW draft.

The Dockers had pick four in the draft and used it to recruit 2016 WAWFL Rookie of the Year and 2018 Claremont Best and Fairest winner Jasmin Stewart.

With pick 17 Fremantle opted for WA U18 captain and Peel Thunderbird Sabreena Duffy, while they used pick 28 to draft East Fremantle’s Philipa Seth.

Subiaco’s Courtney Stubbs, Claremont’s Parris Laurie and West Perth’s Laura Pugh were drafted with picks 39, 50 and 59 respectively.

A third Claremont product in Matilda Sergeant will also play for the Dockers after being taken with pick 64, while Ebony Dowson will join Peel teammate Duffy after she was drafted with pick 66.

Fremantle Dockers AFLW manager Darryn Fry said they had added versatility to their lineup with the new recruits.

“We’re really happy with the players we’ve been able to add to the squad,” he said.

“We’ve brought in some versatility which is critical in an AFLW program, versatility has certainly been at the forefront of our discussion while also looking at getting the best talent.

“Each player provides a specific skill set and at the same time we’re really confident we’re bringing outstanding people into the organisation.

“We see that as being a really important part of our list management.”

WA players making their way interstate for the competition include Peel’s Kate Bartlett, who scored 22 goals in 14 games and will play for the Western Bulldogs next year and Subiaco gun Mckenzie Dowrick, who was drafted to Brisbane.

This year’s number one draft pick was Nina Morrison, who was selected by one of the competition’s new expansion clubs, Geelong.