June 29 is fast approaching, which means one thing in AFLW land: the draft is coming! It's the moment many have been anxiously waiting for; a night where dreams are made for newcomers to the competition and clubs get an injection of new talent and energy. However, without keeping an eye on state championships or young local leagues, it's hard to know who's in the mix.
So, here to help is ESPN's 10 AFLW draft prospects to look out for in the upcoming NAB AFLW Draft. They may not be the top 10 that get picked but they'll be interesting talents to look out for.
1. Ella Roberts
Club: Peel Thunder
State: Western Australia
Western Australia's Ella Roberts has been playing Aussie Rules since she was seven and it shows. In 2020, at just 15, she booted multiple goals to help Peel Thunder win the WAFL Women's flag and since nabbed two West Australian MVPs and the 2021 AFLW under-18s MVP. She's a tall, high half forward at 175cm, who is also well versed in the midfield, able to hit the scoreboard, take marks overhead, collect ground balls and use her footy IQ to dictate play. A pretty well-rounded player, you could say. She's a self-confessed diehard Fremantle fan but any club would be surely gunning to have her.
2. Amber Clarke
Club: Narre North/Dandenong Stingrays
Amber Clarke has a bit of Alyssa Bannan about her. She's a savvy forward with clean foot skills and lightning quick speed, which she uses to break games open and hit the scoreboard. She has 13 years of athletics behind her and clocked the fastest time at the 2021 NAB League Girls pre-season testing, leaving the rest of the field in her dust. She was crowned this year's NAB League Girls best and fairest and is an extremely competitive player that would be an asset on any team.
3. Montana Ham
Club: Keilor/ Western Jets
Montana Ham is a midfielder who rolls through the forward line and dominates stoppages with her powerful athleticism. She started playing football at just four, was touted as one to watch in the NAB League at just 15 and has since developed within talent pathways. At 179cm, she uses her strength to break through contests and extra reach to outmatch opponents. Importantly, she also has a solid kick on her.
4. Fleur Davies
Club: Southport/ Gold Coast Academy
Fleur Davies is a Gold Coast Academy player who is hoping to join her sister Giselle at the highest level, who is on the Suns' list. A ruck/full forward at 185cm, the young player has great overhead marking abilities and athleticism, making her a great target up front, while also being able to compete at ground level. She would be a great get for a club looking for a ruck *cough GWS* but Gold Coast probably have sights on her.
5. Charlotte Baskaran
Club: Aberfeldie/Western Jets
A clean ball-winner and composed midfielder, Charlotte Baskaran was second in the NAB League Girls best and fairest, just one vote behind Clarke. She also has an athletics background, strong in both the 800m and sprints, making her dangerous when it comes to speed and endurance. She's very competitive, has clean hands and footy smarts and doesn't mind a tackle or two. Plus, she gains a lot of territory with her run and carry. An all-rounder who can cleanly win in the contest, dash away and then hit the scoreboard.
6. Alana Gee
Club: North Mackay/Southport/Gold Coast Academy
Hailing from North Queensland, Alana Gee is a midfielder who's well-versed in playing around the ground. She was crowned Queensland's 2022 under-18 Most Valuable Player and during the AFLW under-17s championships for the Suns Academy last year averaged 31.5 disposals. Her speed and endurance makes her good at covering ground and gaining territory, while her outside and inside ball winning skills makes her dangerous at the contest. As a product of the Gold Coast Suns Academy, where she has been for three years, the Suns will surely have interest in picking her up.
7. Zarlie Goldsworthy
Club: Lavington/Murray Bushrangers
State: New South Wales
Zarlie Goldsworthy comes from a multi-sport background, including elite soccer experience as a young Matilda. She's an inside mid and quite physical at the contest, which when mixed with her competitiveness and endurance, makes her a valuable contribution on the field. She has good kicking ability and overhead reach, making her a good target up forward when needed.
8. Claire Ransom
Club: North Hobart/ Tasmania Devils
Tasmania's Claire Ransom is a midfielder who can attack the ball, especially at ground level, and use clean hand skills to help her side transition out of stoppages. She has a strong work rate and remains composed on the field, even when under pressure. With links to North Melbourne through the club's affiliation with the Tasmania Devils, she'd be a good get for them - especially as a player that can find space and make decisions quickly. Although, other clubs will no doubt have eyes on her too.
9. Cynthia Hamilton
Club: Queanbeyan/GWS Academy
An All-Australian in the 2021 NAB AFLW under-19 Championships, Cynthia Hamilton is a tall full forward at 178cm who can rotate through the midfield. She reads play well and is a prolific ball-winner, while also racking up tackle counts during most games. She was involved in the first GWS Giants Academy pathways, already giving her a taste of professional football and helping to improve her technique.
10. Paige Scott
Club: Carisbrook/GWV Rebels
Paige Scott has speed on her side, able to burst away from opponents and drive the ball forward. She was awarded All-Australian selection in the 2021 under-19 championships and has proven to be a key forward with marking and kicking ability.