Leagues: AFLW U18 Championships
Ellie Bishop played for the Allies at the 2021 AFLW Under 19 Championships, and was able to rotate between midfield and defence. She has a strong body that works hard on the inside and is able to extract well from the clearances, with an impressive footy IQ and able to hit targets, whilst looking to improve her athletic profile.
Eleanor Bishop is an overage prospect who has flown under the radar since her national carnival commitments ended last year for the Allies at the 2021 AFLW Under 19 Championships. Turning 19 just ahead of the draft, Bishop is still a young player who showed enough signs to suggest she could fit in as an inside midfielder, or one who could play a role in defence.
Regarding her disposal and footy IQ among her better traits, Bishop is technically sound when it comes to using the ball by hand or foot, and she has proven she can play behind the ball as well as in the middle. Though a natural inside midfielder with a fierce intent to win the hardball, Bishop did seem comfortable in defence, which given the amount of midfield prospects going around, having a second role is important.
When playing inside midfield, Bishop was a contested ball winner, and one who could feed the ball out to outside runners, playing to her strengths. Between her inside game and footy IQ, Bishop is able to be a key link in the midfield chain. Playing at Ainslie in AFL Canberra, Bishop is one of the capital's top prospects, and will be eyeing off getting a chance at the second opportunity of asking.
In terms of her improvements, Bishop is not overly athletic which holds her back from other midfielders, but is also less crucial when on-ball. She does not have that explosive speed or evasion, and still needs to build her endurance further, which will help her remain competitive and impactful for longer periods of time.
Overall, Bishop has earned an AFLW Draft Combine invite off the back of some strong form in her overage year, and with two teams now in the NSW-ACT draft pool to select players.
Ellie Bishop was the only 2003-born NSW-ACT based player who ran out for the Allies at the 2021 AFLW Under 19 Championships who received an AFLW Draft Combine invitation in 2022.
AFLW U18 Championships