2023 AFLW Draft review: Carlton

ONLY taking the minimum two selections, the Blues were able to snatch up crafty forward Lila Keck and strong inside midfielder, Meg Robertson. The pair both do well in traffic, with Keck likely to add scoreboard pressure, while Robertson will be an important distributor for the Blues, also capable of playing half-forward.

Lila Keck (Bendigo Pioneers / Vic Country)
20/10/2005 | 162cm | Small Forward

Keck is a unique match-winner capable of some pretty special things on the football field. When up and about, the Pioneers’ small forward can do a lot of damage not just to the scoreboard, but further afield as well. Having spent time on-ball for Bendigo, and on a wing for the AFLW Academy and Vic Country, Keck has the capacity to fill out a spot in a midfield rotation. Her evasion and goal sense stand out, as does her confidence when she gets on top early. The Blues were happy to snap her up at Pick 7 in the AFL Women’s Draft.

Meg Robertson (Dandenong Stingrays / Vic Country)
06/06/2005 | 169cm | Midfielder

A father-daughter eligible prospect thanks to her dad Ben playing three games for the Blues in 1992. A natural inside midfielder, Robertson is extremely clean on the inside, particularly by hand, and can utilise her speed to work to the outside as well. A contested ball-winner who makes her teammates better, Robertson is a nice all-round draft prospect and a value pickup at Pick 31. She becomes the second father-daughter at the club behind Abbie McKay. One who could compete for a spot early on, even if it is up forward.


Carlton might have only picked up the two players, but both will push for best 21 spots next year. Keck adds extra firepower inside 50, while Robertson will provide depth through the middle and has the capacity to learn her craft further off half-forward as she gains more midfield minutes over time.

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