2023 AFLW Draft review: Gold Coast

GOLD Coast was one of the more active teams on AFL Women’s Draft night, picking up five players including three locals. Despite having a strong Academy, the Suns managed to snag both Kiara Bischa and Sienna McMullen on the cheap at Picks 50 and 51 respectively, as well as club-tied Territory talent Annabel Kievit with the third consecutive selection. Earlier in the draft, Gold Coast opted for Keely Fullerton (Pick 36) and Taya Oliver (44) in what was a well-rounded draft haul.

Keely Fullerton (Bendigo Pioneers / Vic Country)
30/01/2005 | 160cm | Wing / Small Forward

Fullerton is a damaging left-footer who might be small, but is quick and agile. She knows how to cover the ground and though she is not a high possession winner, is a high-impact player. Often starting on the wing then pushing forward, Fullerton knows where the goals are, usually able to hit the scoreboard or set up her teammates for goal-scoring opportunities. One with fantastic upside.

Taya Oliver (Coorparoo / Queensland)
17/10/2001 | Defender

The mature-age defender finished top five in the Zielke Medal this season and really established herself in the Kings’ outfit. One of two Kings – along with Jacinta Baldwick – to get picked up , Oliver is a rebounding player who takes the game on. Similar to Fullerton but a line back, the 22-year-old will provide a readymade option for the Suns off half-back or across the ground.

Kiara Bischa (Bond University / Queensland)
15/04/2005 | 171cm | Tall Defender

A steal at Pick 50, Bischa had a year to remember in defence for the Suns. She was particularly prolific one-on-one and was not afraid of a challenge. Bischa was a popular teammate at the Suns Academy, and held up at the national carnival too, with a sensational season all up. A player who could push for senior games earlier rather than later.

Sienna McMullen (Bond University / Queensland)
15/07/2005 | 164cm | Wing

The AFLW Academy member was a first round talent on ability, so to grab her at Pick 51 is another steal for the Suns. Boasting explosive speed, great evasion and nice decision making with ball-in-hand, McMullen nominating Queensland helped the Suns. While the Lions were pre-occupied with their own Academy members, Gold Coast bided its time and added the talented wing towards the end of the draft.

Annabel Kievit (Waratah / Northern Territory)
22/09/2005 | 176cm | Tall Utility

Having played for the Suns Academy at the Under 17 Championships a couple of years ago, Kievit is no stranger to the colours. Also winning a Rising Star through the NTFL Women’s competition, Kievit has long been touted as one to watch, with her size and athleticism really leading to a high upside. She does have limited exposure and is more raw that others, but has a booming kick and great versatility as well.


Gold Coast Suns selected five players to add to its Season 9 list throughout the 2023 AFL Women’s Draft, with three Queenslanders and a fourth player tied to the club. Fullerton is the outlier in that regard, but as a country kid will have no problems settling in, and has a big future ahead of her in the Sunshine State.

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