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A family affair: Sporting pedigree the flavour of this year's AFLW draft

This year's AFLW draft brought with it a flurry of familiar names as some well-known sporting lineage sprouted the next generation.

As parents and siblings watched on in delight at their loved ones being selected to play Australian football's highest level of competition, many of them had their own stories to reflect on of the moment they had their big break.

J'Noemi Anderson was taken by St Kilda at pick number 16, as the fourth Anderson sibling to reach a club list. Her three older siblings have all been on AFL or AFLW club lists, with brother Jed still playing in North Melbourne's midfield.

Growing up in the Northern territory, J'Noemi follows in older sister Jasmine's footsteps after she was listed by Adelaide in 2017, while their other brother Joe played 17 games for Carlton.

J'Noemi is a hard-hitting midfielder and forward who is well known for her attacking strength.

Anderson nominated for the Victorian pool of the draft having boarded at Melbourne Girls Grammar and played with NAB League club Sandringham.

St Kilda also welcomed Caitlin Matthews, picked at number 81 with just their second ever father-daughter selection.

Her father, Dean Matthews, played just one senior game for the Saints in 1995, meeting the criteria for a prospective player to be selected under the current father-daughter rules.

Matthews was selected by the Saints to strengthen its future defensive stocks after a successful 67 games with the Camberwell Sharks and with the Oakleigh Chargers for the last three years, she was also in the Vic Metro side in the recent under-18 championships.

Caitlin started her footy journey as the only girl in her first Auskick session and now follows in the footsteps of previous father-daughter selection Alice Burke -- the daughter of club great and current Western Bulldogs coach, Nathan -- who played 13 games after making her debut in 2021.

Hawthorn also benefitted from a long line of sporting pedigree, in Jasmine Fleming who they selected with pick number two.

The lifelong Hawks fan is the daughter of former Aussie paceman Damien Fleming and Wendy O'Donnell, a former elite netballer.

If that wasn't enough, her uncle is former Essendon skipper Gary O'Donnell who played 243 games for the Bombers from 1987-1999, and her Aunt Shelley O'Donnell has 84 Australian caps in netball.

The Oakleigh Chargers midfielder has always worn the No.10 after her uncle, having started playing football when she was four at the local Auskick in Ashburton.

Fleming played footy until under-10s when her fast-bowling cricket talent saw her represent the state at junior level, playing for Box Hill's reserves and then captaining Wesley College's boys side in years seven to nine.