Plenty of exciting draftees and experienced veterans headline what is set to be a big season of AFLW. We list the top 10 players to watch ahead of the season.
KATELYN ROSENZWEIG – ADELAIDE
A tall forward from South Australia, Rosenzweig beat GWS star Courtney Gum to top the SANFL Women’s goal kicking tally.
Previously a defender, Rosenzweig spent 2018 up forward and made a big impact for the Central Allies in the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships with her strong marking and big kick.
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MCKENZIE DOWRICK – BRISBANE
Originally from Western Australia, Dowrick’s versatility will be vital in the Brisbane line-up.
She has made the Under-18 All-Australian team for two consecutive years on the half-back line, but has also had stints in the forward line and the midfield at her local club, Subiaco.
MADISON PRESPAKIS – CARLTON
Prespakis is one of the most impressive draftees to come into the AFLW, as she looks like a ready-made, tenacious midfielder.
The former Calder Cannons captain had a successful 2018, taking out the TAC Cup Girls Best and Fairest and AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships MVP along with Nina Morrison.
SOPHIE ALEXANDER – COLLINGWOOD
Given the hit Collingwood’s forward line has taken in the off-season, Alexander’s physicality and strong marking will be very important this season.
She made the VFLW Team of the Year in 2018 on the back of 14 goals from 14 games for the Magpies.
SABREENA DUFFY – FREMANTLE
Duffy is one of the most composed players among the draftees, anchoring the back line with her great hands and precise kicking.
The former West Australian Under-18 captain was named the side’s MVP at last year’s AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships, and is a five-time All-Australian.
MADELINE KERYK – GEELONG
Keryk is a smart midfielder who knows how to get the ball out of congestion through her clean hands. She previously spent time on Carlton’s list, even serving as vice-captain in the first season.
She only entered the Cats’ VFLW side six rounds into the season but made an immediate impact, racking up more than 10 disposals in each appearance she made.
ALYCE PARKER – GWS
Alyce Parker was an absolute steal for the Giants at pick 12, as the midfielder shows incredible composure with her clearing kick and clean hands.
She had a remarkable 2018, being named the MVP for both New South Wales and the Eastern Allies in the Under-18 Championships, the captain of the All-Australian team and best-on-ground in the Thurgoona Bulldogs’ premiership win.
TYLA HANKS – Melbourne
Melbourne’s first pick is a talented inside midfielder who is a ball magnet with clean hands and a long kick.
She was a member of the AFLW Academy, co-captained the Gippsland Power last year and topped off her 2018 season by making the All-Australian side.
She is likely to face a delayed start to the season with bone brusing in the knee, but is tipped to return in Round 2 at the latest.
JESSICA DUFFIN – NORTH MELBOURNE
Duffin transformed her game while playing for Williamstown in the VFLW, dominating in the midfield while rotating back to defence when needed.
She took out the VFLW Best and Fairest, her club Best and Fairest, and ranked first for average uncontested possessions (12), marks (5.5) and rebound 50s (four).
EMMA MACKIE – WESTERN BULLDOGS
Mackie showed heart and soul on the field for Hawthorn during the VFLW season, and was arguably one of the toughest players in the competition.
Rotating through the midfield and the forward line, Mackie led her side to a premiership and came third in the Hawks’ Best and Fairest.
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