Women’s Footy Rewind: 2017 AFLW Draft

WITH less women’s footy over the summer months than fans have become used to, we here at Rookie Me Central take you down memory lane and look back at key moments in women’s footy history from the past few years.

In today’s edition, we rewind to the 2017 AFLW Draft, the first intake which saw a Rookie Draft held.

Although GWS had earned the number one pick after finishing last in the inaugural AFLW season, it was the Bulldogs who ultimately ended up with the selection after a few trades which saw Alicia Eva land at the Giants, and Jaimee Lambert at the Pies.

After much speculation it was ultimately Isabel Huntington who went at pick one, with Stephanie Cain, Chloe Molloy, Monique Conti and Jodie Hicks rounding out an esteemed top five.

2017 AFLW Draft

PickClub SelectingPlayerRecruited from
1Western BulldogsIsabel HuntingtonMelbourne Uni
2FremantleStephanie CainSwan Districts
3CollingwoodChloe MolloyDiamond Creek
4Western BulldogsMonique ContiMelbourne Uni
5GWSJodie HicksBelconnen
6MelbourneEden ZankerBendigo Pioneers
7BrisbaneJordan ZanchettaYeronga
8AdelaideJessica AllanSalisbury
9CollingwoodDarcy GuttridgeCranbourne
10FremantleEvangeline GoochEast Fremantle
11Western BulldogsJenna BrutonSt Kilda Sharks
12CarltonGeorgia GeeDandenong Stingrays
13CollingwoodIilish RossMurray Bushrangers
14MelbourneMaddy GuerinNorthern Knights
15BrisbaneArianna ClarkeCoolangatta
16AdelaideJasmyn HewettSt Mary’s
17GWSTanya HetheringtonDiamond Creek
18FremantleJodie WhiteCoastal Titans
19Western BulldogsDaria BannisterLaunceston
20CollingwoodSarah DarganCalder Cannons
21CollingwoodKristy StrattonBox Hill Hawks
22MelbourneTegan CunninghamBasketball
23BrisbaneRenee CowanYeronga
24AdelaideEloise JonesMorphettville Park
25GWSCourtney GumAdelaide University
26FremantleAshlee AtkinsEast Fremantle
27Western BulldogsEmma MackieBox Hill Hawks
28CarltonSophie LiAdelaide University
29CarltonReni HicksDiamond Creek
30MelbourneClaudia WhitfortSurf Life Saving
31BrisbaneKalinda HowarthCoolangatta
32AdelaideMarijana RajcicNorwood
33FremantleEmily McGuireSwan Districts
34Western BulldogsPassed
35CollingwoodAshleigh BrazillCollingwood Magpies SSN
36CarltonBridie KennedyCranbourne/Dandenong Stingrays
37BrisbaneEmma PittmanUniversity of Queensland
38AdelaideRuth WallaceAdelaide University
39GWSPhoebe MonahanUNSW-Eastern Suburbs Stingrays
40FremantleAlicia JanzSwan Districts
41BrisbaneRuby BlairCoolangatta
42AdelaideRheanne LuggRiverina Lions
43GWSPhilippa SmythNelson Bay
44FremantleLeah MascallCoastal Titans
45BrisbaneSophie ConwayZillmere
47GWSCora StauntonIreland
48BrisbaneJessy KeeffeYeronga

There was also the league’s inaugural Rookie Draft in 2017, with anyone who was either under 21 or had come from a different sport eligible to be picked up in this draft. The AFL had just extended the list sizes ahead of the 2018 season, so three rookies could be drafted to each of the at the time eight AFLW clubs, and could only play if someone on the main list suffered a long term injury.

2017 AFLW Rookie Draft

PickPlayerDrafted toRecruited from
1Haneen ZreikaGreater Western SydneyAuburn Giants
2Lisa WebbFremantleCoastal Titans
3Naomi FerresWestern BulldogsVU Western Spurs
4Holly WhitfordCollingwoodCranbourne
5Tiahna CochraneCarltonBendigo Thunder
6Anna TeagueMelbourneGeelong Supercats
7Gabby CollingwoodBrisbaneUniversity of Queensland
8Calista BoydAdelaideWanderers
9Tait MackrillGreater Western SydneyAdelaide University
10Jade de MeloFremantleEast Fremantle
11Bonnie ToogoodWestern BulldogsMornington
12Katie-Jayne GrieveCarltonSouth Bunbury
13Maddie ShevlinMelbourneGungahlin
14Molly RitsonBrisbaneBond University
15Brianna WallingAdelaideMorphettville Park
16Beatrice DevlynFremantleSouth Fremantle
17Courtney WebbCarltonLaunceston
18Krystal ScottBrisbaneBond University
19Tayla McAuliffe*FremantleSwan Districts

*Tayla McAuliffe was then added to Fremantle’s senior list after Kirby Bentley was moved to the long-term injury list.

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