Magpies swoop, Cats pounce into early AFLW draft spots

COLLINGWOOD and Geelong will hold the keys to unlocking Victoria’s top-age footballing talent after a busy AFL Women’s Trade Period which saw both teams actively try and improve their draft position. Between the two sides, they hold 11 of the first 18 Victorian picks in the AFLW National Draft, meaning the top 18 year-olds can expect to be seeing some familiar faces if they are selected by one of the two clubs. Carlton and the Western Bulldogs have three picks inside the top 20, while Melbourne has two, and North Melbourne has the sole selection – its first in the AFLW Draft – at Pick 19.

A total of seven players moved to other clubs during the AFLW Trade period, with the Demons picking up Adelaide’s Talia Radan and Carlton’s Maddison Gay, Carlton swooped on Magpie Amelia Barden, Collingwood picked up Nicole Hildebrand, Brisbane now has former Blues captain Lauren Arnell, the GIANTS welcomed Christina Bernardi, and GIANTS veteran Renee Forth became a Crow. It is no surprise given the Adelaide, Brisbane and GIANTS having exclusive access to their state’s draft pool, that the clubs went searching for established talent in exchange for draft picks.

Geelong will kick off proceedings in the draft, retaining the top two draft picks, before Carlton, Fremantle and Collingwood round out the top five selections.

Club by club picks (Victorian draft):

Carlton: 3, 12, 16, 21, 28, 29, 33
Collingwood: 4, 8, 9, 13, 14, 22, 24, 34
Geelong: 1, 2, 6, 10, 15, 18, 26, 32, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50
Melbourne: 5, 11, 23, 30, 35
North Melbourne: 19, 27, 36, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49
Western Bulldogs: 7, 17, 20, 25, 31, 37

Selection order for the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s Draft

ROUND 1
1 Geelong
2 Geelong
3 Carlton
4 Fremantle
5 Collingwood
6 Melbourne
7 Geelong
8 Adelaide
9 Brisbane
10 Western Bulldogs
11 Collingwood

ROUND 2
12 Greater Western Sydney
13 Collingwood
14 Geelong
15 Melbourne
16 Carlton
17 Fremantle
18 Collingwood
19 Collingwood
20 Geelong
21 Carlton
22 Brisbane
23 Western Bulldogs
24 Geelong

ROUND 3
25 North Melbourne
26 Western Bulldogs
27 Carlton
28 Fremantle
29 Collingwood
30 Adelaide
31 Melbourne
32 Collingwood
33 Brisbane
34 Western Bulldogs
35 Geelong
36 North Melbourne

ROUND 4
37 Adelaide
38 Carlton
39 Fremantle
40 Carlton
41 Adelaide
42 Greater Western Sydney
43 Melbourne
44 Brisbane
45 Western Bulldogs
46 Geelong
47 Adelaide

ROUND 5
48 Carlton
49 Fremantle
50 Collingwood
51 Melbourne
52 Greater Western Sydney
53 North Melbourne
54 Brisbane
55 Western Bulldogs
56 Geelong
57 North Melbourne

ROUND 6
58 Fremantle
59 Greater Western Sydney
60 Brisbane
61 Geelong
62 North Melbourne

ROUND 7
63 Fremantle
64 Greater Western Sydney
65 Brisbane
66 Geelong
67 North Melbourne

ROUND 8
68 Fremantle
69 Greater Western Sydney
70 Geelong
71 North Melbourne

ROUND 9
72 Greater Western Sydney
73 Geelong
74 North Melbourne

ROUND 10
75 Greater Western Sydney
76 Geelong
77 North Melbourne

ROUND 11
78 Geelong

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