Published on October 23, 2018 3:45 pm

The 2018 NAB AFL Women's Draft first-round picks

Stack of VFLW talent drafted

Thirty-nine players that appeared in the Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s in 2018 were selected in Tuesday’s NAB AFL Women’s Draft, including Geelong’s no.1 pick Nina Morrison from Geelong Cats VFLW.

Morrison is the second straight top AFLW Draft selection from Victorian ranks following the Western Bulldogs’ Isabel Huntington (Melbourne Uni) in 2017 and was one of nine VFLW players taken in the first round of 12 picks.

Sophie Van De Heuvel (Williamstown) and Rebecca Webster (Melbourne Uni) will join Morrison at the Cats after being selected with picks 2 and 7 respectively, while Madison Prespakis (Melbourne Uni) went to Carlton with pick 3.

Jordyn Allen (Casey Demons to Collingwood), Tyla Hanks (Carlton VFLW to Melbourne), Nikki Gore (NT Thunder to Adelaide), Eleanor Brown (Southern Saints to Western Bulldogs) and Katie Lynch (Collingwood VFLW to Collingwood) were the other VFLW players to have their names called in the draft’s first round.

Hawthorn VFLW premiership player Mikala Cann was the next selected – with pick 13 to Collingwood – and will be joined in the AFLW by 2018 flag teammate and Debbie Lee Medal winner for the VFLW’s Rising Star, Jayde Van Dyk (pick 21 to Carlton).

* Visit our AFLW DRAFT WATCH hub, featuring stories on 10 AFLW draftees from the VFLW in 2018.

Overall, the Geelong Cats and Southern Saints produced the most draftees of any VFLW club with six selections each, ahead of Collingwood and Melbourne Uni with five each, Carlton with four, the Casey Demons, Hawthorn and NT Thunder with three each, the Western Bulldogs with two, and Essendon and Williamstown with one each.

Three members of the VFL Women’s Team of the Year were drafted – Sophie Alexander (Collingwood VFLW to Collingwood), Van Dyk and Rhiannon Watt (Southern Saints to Carlton) – as were all eight top-age members of the AFLW U18 All Australian team from VFLW clubs.

Nineteen of the VFLW selections graduated from TAC Cup Girls clubs earlier this year (among 20 total TAC Cup Girls selections), with the 40 total players selected from AFL Victoria’s talent competitions representing 59 per cent of the 68 overall draft picks.


See the full list of players selected from AFL Victoria’s talent competitions in the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s Draft below:

1 Nina Morrison Geelong Geelong Falcons Geelong Cats
2 Sophie Van De Heuvel Geelong GWV Rebels Williamstown
3 Madison Prespakis Carlton Calder Cannons Melbourne Uni
5 Jordyn Allen Collingwood Dandenong Stingrays Casey Demons
6 Tyla Hanks Melbourne Gippsland Power Carlton
7 Rebecca Webster Geelong Murray Bushrangers Melbourne Uni
8 Nikki Gore Adelaide NT Thunder
10 Eleanor Brown Western Bulldogs Sandringham Dragons Southern Saints
11 Katie Lynch Collingwood Oakleigh Chargers Collingwood
13 Mikala Cann Collingwood Eastern Ranges Hawthorn
14 Olivia Purcell Geelong Geelong Falcons Geelong Cats
15 Madeline Brancatisano Melbourne Northern Knights Carlton
16 Abbie McKay Carlton (Father-Daughter) Sandringham Dragons Carlton
18 Lauren Butler Collingwood GWV Rebels Western Bulldogs
19 Madelaine Shevlin Collingwood Casey Demons
20 Denby Taylor Geelong Geelong Falcons
21 Jayde Van Dyk Carlton Hawthorn
24 Georgia Clarke Geelong GWV Rebels Geelong Cats
25 Daisy Bateman North Melbourne Oakleigh Chargers Collingwood
27 Charlotte Wilson Carlton Eastern Ranges Southern Saints
29 Sophie Alexander Collingwood (Compensation) Collingwood
31 Jordann Hickey Melbourne NT Thunder
32 Georgia Gourlay Collingwood Casey Demons
34 Selena Karlson Western Bulldogs Southern Saints
35 Rene Caris Geelong GWV Rebels Carlton
36 Courtney Munn North Melbourne Southern Saints
38 Emerson Woods Carlton Eastern Ranges Hawthorn
40 Rhiannon Watt Carlton Southern Saints
41 Katelyn Rosenzweig Adelaide NT Thunder
42 Jessica Edwards Carlton Collingwood
44 Shelley Heath Melbourne Dandenong Stingrays Southern Saints
46 Jessie Davies Western Bulldogs Western Bulldogs
47 Maighan Fogas Geelong Geelong Cats
48 Danielle Ponter Adelaide Essendon
53 Chloe Haines North Melbourne Melbourne Uni
55 Elise Coventry Geelong Geelong Cats
56 Libby Haines North Melbourne Melbourne Uni
60 Madeline Keryk Geelong Geelong Cats
61 Nicole Bresnehan North Melbourne Melbourne Uni
67 Erica Fowler Collingwood (Compensation) Collingwood


These players add to the 25 other VFL Women’s players who have been AFL Women’s listings during the off-season:

Chloe Dalton Carlton (rookie) Carlton
Brooke Walker Carlton (rookie) Carlton
Cassandra Blakeway Geelong Geelong Cats
Hannah Burchell Geelong Geelong Cats
Mia-Rae Clifford Geelong Geelong Cats
Julia Crockett-Grills Geelong Hawthorn
Kate Darby Geelong Geelong Cats
Renee Garing Geelong Geelong Cats
Bec Goring Geelong Geelong Cats
Jordan Ivey Geelong Geelong Cats
Meghan McDonald Geelong Darebin Falcons
Danielle Orr Geelong Geelong Cats
Hayley Trevean Geelong Geelong Cats
Maddy McMahon Geelong (rookie) Geelong Cats
Casey Sherriff Melbourne Casey Demons
Chantel Emonson Melbourne (rookie) Casey Demons
Shae Sloane Melbourne (rookie) Casey Demons
Sophie Abbatangelo North Melbourne Melbourne Uni
Alison Drennan North Melbourne Southern Saints
Taylor Mesiti North Melbourne Casey Demons
Ashleigh Riddell North Melbourne Melbourne Uni
Maddison Smith North Melbourne Melbourne Uni
Jessica Trend North Melbourne Essendon
Bethany Lynch North Melbourne (rookie) Richmond
Celine Moody Western Bulldogs (rookie) Carlton

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