The 2022 AFLW Draft has been held with season seven just two months away, and 83 players have realised their dream. With the Sydney Swans, Essendon, Hawthorn and Port Adelaide entering the competition as expansion sides and naming their inaugural draftees, all 18 AFL clubs are now with a women's side for the first time. We take a look at the top picks for each team, where they've come from and what they'll bring to their respective lists.
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Keeley Kustermann - pick 40, West Adelaide
Recruited from the AFLW Academy, Kustermann is a former 800m runner who has played midfield for SANFLW club West Adelaide but can play across half-back or on a wing. Well known for her reliable kick, her consistency was rewarded with All-Australian selection at the under-18 national championships and a spot in the SANFLW Team of the Year.
Ella Smith - pick 41, Aspley
Hailing from the Lions Academy, the inside midfielder and winger is a dual sport athlete balancing being a national under-19 rower as well. Smith represented both Queensland and the Academy in the NAB AFLW under-18 championships earlier this year. Her strength is her speed, finishing within the top 10 quickest 2km time trial times nationally.
Keeley Skepper - pick 17, Murray Bushrangers
Skepper will make the move to Ikon Park from Wodonga. Strong across the half back line and midfield, she took out Vic Country's most valuable player award at the national championships and has been hailed by the Blues as consistent and versatile. Skepper will be key in Carlton's young midfield, with talent in being a hard ball winner.
Charlotte Taylor - pick 30, Oakleigh Chargers
At 174cm tall, Charlotte Taylor has been elevated from the Magpies' VFLW side where she played three games this season as a midfielder. With the ability to both attack and defend, her size means she can rotate forward and act as a capable marking target, particularly overhead.
Amber Clarke - pick 4, Dandenong Stingrays
Coming from the Dandenong Stingrays, the 169cm versatile forward and former hurdler can also be dangerous in the midfield. Strong around goals, Clarke recently took out the NAB League Grand Final best on ground award, and was the competition's best and fairest.
Madeleine Scanlon - pick 27, Claremont
This defender took up footy three years ago, having not played since Auskick at the age of five. Scanlon was at the Claremont Football Club when she found out the news, getting ready for a Wednesday night training session ahead of their WAFLW Grand Final against East Fremantle on Saturday.
Mia Skinner - pick 33, Geelong
The forward was listed at the club during the 2020 and 2021 seasons but returned to the VFLW without making a debut. The forward joined Geelong at the 2019 draft via the Geelong Falcons but couldn't play a game after suffering a stress fracture to her femur.
Alana Gee - pick 19, Southport
A Mackay SUNS Academy product since 2019, Gee is a versatile midfielder who can also play a damaging wing role. A member of the NAB AFLW Academy, she was named Queensland's MVP at this year's NAB AFLW under-18 championships after averaging 24 disposals per game and was also named on the wing in the 2022 NAB AFLW under-18 All Australian team.
Zarlie Goldsworthy - pick 20, Murray Bushrangers
The Murray Bushrangers have delivered again with Goldsworthy. A former junior Matilda, the midfielder transitioned into the game following a successful junior career in soccer and has had all eyes on her after being named MVP for the Allies in the under-18 national championships.
Jasmine Fleming - pick 2, Oakleigh Chargers
The strong midfielder joins the team she grew up supporting, coming from the Oakleigh Chargers. Displaying a powerful kick with a strong set of hands saw the Vic Metro representative make the NAB League Girls Team of the Year and AFLW under-18 All Australian team. A talented athlete, Fleming has also represented Vic Metro in cricket, following the footsteps of her father, former Aussie paceman Damien.
Maeve Chaplin - pick 44, Casey Demons
Re-joining the line-up after being delisted at the end of season six, Chaplin finished the VFLW season in impressive form to fight her way back from the VFLW side. The powerful defender returns with stats on her side, averaging 15.3 disposals and 11.6 kicks during her 11 matches in the recent VFLW season.
Taylah Gatt - pick 28, Dandenong Stingrays
The 170cm winger is known for her speed and endurance. Gatt plays the game at a quick pace and was selected as a Vic Country representative at this year's under-18 championships. Having averaged a strong 13 disposals and three marks across her two appearances for the side, she excels in long-distance kicking and defence.
Hannah Ewings - pick 3, North Adelaide
The apprentice chef and tough midfielder boasts elite kicking ability and fitness. A strong bodied payer who excels at stoppages, she has been very consistent for North Adelaide averaging 20.7 disposals and kicking 15 goals this year at senior level. Having moved from Whyalla to play footy, she was named in the All-Australian side following this year's under-18 national championships.
Charley Ryan - pick 38, Dandenong Stingrays
Unable to play in season seven, Ryan is recovering from an ACL injury sustained during the under-18 championship game against Vic Metro. The inside midfielder is versatile and has also been known to play on the wing and in the forward line. Standing at 173cm, Ryan has a strong overhead mark and clean hands, turning heads in her dominant performance in the Stingrays' Round 2 victory over Gippsland Power, booting five majors and collecting 26 disposals.
J'Noemi Anderson - pick 16, Sandringham Dragons
The sister of North Melbourne's Jed, Anderson becomes the first Indigenous AFLW player signed to St Kilda. The 17-year-old from Warumungu Country, is a strong forward with impeccable agility at ground level. Known for her strong overhead grabs and tackling style, she has been a boarder at Melbourne Girls' Grammar School while representing Northern Territory in the NAB League.
Montana Ham - pick 1, Western Jets
With the number one pick, and this Victorian nominating for the New South Wales draft, there was little doubt the Swans would let Montana Ham slide. Having started playing when she was four years old, Ham has developed into one of the best young midfielders in this season's crop. Hailing from the Western Jets, the big-bodied player has seen four NAB League campaigns, being named best on ground in Vic Metro's championship this season. She was also judged MVP for the National AFLW Academy side in their game against the under-23 All-Stars.
Ella Roberts - pick 14, Peel Thunder
Roberts joins good friend Charlie Thomas, last year's Eagles' number one selection. Her strengths lie in the air, goalkicking and hard ball wins. MVP in the WA under-19s team for the past two years and a WAFLW premiership player with Peel, the 17-year-old is a forward who can also be damaging in the midfield.
Rylie Wilcox - pick 21, Northern Knights
The Bulldogs continue their Northern Nights first round pick tradition with Wilcox, who has been working alongside injured 2019 number one pick, Gabby Newton. Having only started footy in 2018, Wilcox has played in the under-23 All-Stars team and VFLW footy with Carlton. The 158cm fast winger/forward will be a welcome addition on the outside, as the Bulldogs look to fill Brooke Lochland's place.