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The AFL National Women's Draft was held in Melbourne today. The 8 foundation clubs of the AFL Women's league set to debut in 2017 added to their initial list of priority picks and rookies with a total of 145 selections in today's draft.

We held out hope that a number of players from Ireland, the US and Canada might be among them but it was not to be. If they are to be a part of the inaugural season they must now hope they can secure a place at one of the clubs during the "free agency period" between now and October 31. Each club will have three places on their list for these players.

Some international connections to footy overseas were however noted.

 

Brisbane took Jessica Wuetschner at Pick 34.  Wuetschner spent time with the Boston Demons in the USAFL. 

GWS took Jacinda Barclay with Pick 65.  Barclay was pictured at the draft in a red footy top with the USAFL logo on it which turns out is from time spent at the Chicago Swans football club this year.  Barclay formerly played Baseball for Australia and played in the Gridiron football "Legends Football League."

Lauren Spark was selected at Pick 76 by the Western Bulldogs.  Spark played footy this season with the Wimbledon Hawks (like Kate Shierlaw who was rookie listed at Carlton prior to the draft).  She was involved in junior footy development and also was assistant coach of the Great Britain women's team the GB Swans at the European Championships this year. A huge feather in the cap of the Wimbledon Hawks to have two players at AFL Women's clubs next year.

NAB AFL Women’s Draft full list
 

1
GWS
Nicola
Barr
2
Brisbane
Emily
Bates
3
Carlton
Bianca
Jakobsson
4
Fremantle
Hayley
Miller
5
Western Bulldogs
Jaimee
Lambert
6
Collingwood
Nicola
Stevens
7
Adelaide
Ebony
Marinoff
8
Melbourne
Elise
O'Dea
9
Melbourne
Deanna
Berry
10
Adelaide
Heather
Anderson
11
Collingwood
Stephanie
Chiocci
12
Western Bulldogs
Aasta
O'Connor
13
Fremantle
Brianna
Green
14
Carlton
Katherine
Gillespie-Jones
15
Brisbane
Tahlia
Randall
16
GWS
Ashleigh
Guest
17
GWS
Aimee
Schmidt
18
Brisbane
Nicole
Hildebrand
19
Carlton
Sarah
Hosking
20
Fremantle
Ashley
Sharp
21
Western Bulldogs
Hannah
Scott
22
Collingwood
Sarah
D'Arcy
23
Adelaide
Jenna
Mccormick
24
Melbourne
Richelle
Cranston
25
Melbourne
Lauren
Pearce
26
Adelaide
Deni
Varnhagen
27
Collingwood
Brittany
Bonnici
28
Western Bulldogs
Kirsten
Mcleod
29
Fremantle
Lara
Filocamo
30
Carlton
Gabriella
Pound
31
Brisbane
Leah
Kaslar
32
GWS
Rebecca
Beeson
33
GWS
Kate
Stanton
34
Brisbane
Jessica
Wuetschner
35
Carlton
Danielle
Hardiman
36
Fremantle
Tiah
Haynes
37
Western Bulldogs
Kimberley
Ebb
38
Collingwood
Bree
White
39
Adelaide
Sally
Riley
40
Melbourne
Alyssa
Mifsud
41
Melbourne
Shelley
Scott
42
Adelaide
Georgia
Bevan
43
Collingwood
Caitlyn
Edwards
44
Western Bulldogs
Hayley
Wildes
45
Fremantle
Kira
Phillips
46
Carlton
Shae
Audley
47
Brisbane
Alexandra
Anderson
48
GWS
Erin
Mckinnon
49
GWS
Thi
Thanh Mai Nguyen
50
Brisbane
Breanna
Koenen
51
Carlton
Isabella
Ayre
52
Fremantle
Tayla
Bresland
53
Western Bulldogs
Brooke
Lochland
54
Collingwood
Alicia
Eva
55
Adelaide
Sophie
Armitstead
56
Melbourne
Katherine
Smith
57
Melbourne
Emma
Humphries
58
Adelaide
Talia
Radan
59
Collingwood
Amelia
Barden
60
Western Bulldogs
Bailey
Hunt
61
Fremantle
Amy
Lavell
62
Carlton
Lauren
Brazzale
63
Brisbane
Megan
Hunt
64
GWS
Amanda
Farrugia
65
GWS
Jacinda
Barclay
66
Brisbane
Samantha
Virgo
67
Carlton
Breann
Moody
68
Fremantle
Stacey
Barr
69
Western Bulldogs
Ellyse
Gamble
70
Collingwood
Stacey
Livingstone
71
Adelaide
Rachael
Killian
72
Melbourne
Stephanie
De Bortoli
73
Melbourne
Lily
Mithen
74
Adelaide
Rhiannon
Metcalfe
75
Collingwood
Jessica
Cameron
76
Western Bulldogs
Lauren
Spark
77
Fremantle
Melissa
Caulfield
78
Carlton
Jess
Hosking
79
Brisbane
Kate
Lutkins
80
GWS
Britt
Tully
81
GWS
Kristy
De Pellegrnini
82
Brisbane
Kate
Mccarthy
83
Carlton
Natalie
Plane
84
Fremantle
Cassie
Davidson
85
Western Bulldogs
Nicole
Callinan
86
Collingwood
Jasmine
Garner
87
Adelaide
Anne
Hatchard
88
Melbourne
Ainslie
Kemp
89
Melbourne
Mia-Rae
Clifford
90
Adelaide
Tayla
Thorn
91
Collingwood
Emma
Grant
92
Western Bulldogs
Lisa
Williams
93
Fremantle
Taylah
Angel
94
Carlton
Sarah
Last
95
Brisbane
Shaleise
Law
96
GWS
Renee
Tomkins
97
GWS
Clare
Lawton
98
Brisbane
Selina
Goodman
99
Carlton
Tilly
Lucas-Rodd
100
Fremantle
Belinda
Smith
101
Western Bulldogs
Lauren
Morecroft
102
Collingwood
Penny
Cula-Reid
103
Adelaide
Abbey
Holmes
104
Melbourne
Brooke
Howells
105
Melbourne
Jessica
Anderson
106
Adelaide
Stevie-Lee
Thompson
107
Collingwood
Lauren
Tesoriero
108
Western Bulldogs
Tiarna
Ernst
109
Fremantle
Stephanie
Cain
110
Carlton
Katie
Loynes
111
Brisbane
Sharni
Webb
112
GWS
Ella
Ross
113
GWS
Stephanie
Walker
114
Brisbane
Nikki
Wallace
115
Carlton
Madeline
Keryk
116
Fremantle
Kelly
Clinch
117
Western Bulldogs
Kate
Tyndall
118
Collingwood
Melissa
Kuys
119
Adelaide
Jessica
Sedunary
120
Melbourne
Madeleine
Boyd
121
Melbourne
Pepa
Randall
122
Adelaide
Sarah
Allan
123
Collingwood
Cecilia
Mcintosh
124
Western Bulldogs
Courtney
Clarkson
125
Fremantle
Demi
Okely
126
Carlton
Kate
Darby
127
Brisbane
Jamie
Stanton
128
Brisbane
Jade
Ransfield
129
Carlton
Alison
Downie
130
Fremantle
Dana
Hooker
131
Western Bulldogs
Jess
Gardner
132
Collingwood
Christina
Bernardi
133
Adelaide
Justine
Mules
134
Melbourne
Sarah
Lampard
135
Melbourne
Jasmine
Grierson
136
Adelaide
Monique
Hollick
137
Collingwood
Ruby
Schleicher
138
Western Bulldogs
Kirsty
Lamb
139
Fremantle
Akec
Makur Chuot
140
Carlton
Laura
Attard
141
Brisbane
Brittany
Gibson
142
Carlton
Rebecca
Privitelli
143
Western Bulldogs
Laura
Bailey
144
Collingwood
Tara
Morgan
145
Melbourne
Sarah
Jolly

 
The inaugural AFL Women’s competition will take place in early 2017.