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Sixteen of the best: women's marquees named

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COLLINGWOOD has picked gun forward Moana Hope as one of its marquee women's team players.

Hope was one of the 16 marquee players confirmed on Wednesday morning, with the eight women's clubs each have two marquee players, and rest of their playing lists to come from a draft in October.

The highly skilled, 28-year-old is on track to boot 100 goals for her club St Kilda Sharks in the VFL Women's this season.

She kicked 87 goals in 2014.

Collingwood's women's football manager Meg Hutchins had an up-close look at Hope's goalkicking prowess as a Western Bulldogs teammate in exhibition matches over the past two seasons.

The Magpies also chose young ruckman Emma King, one of five players who will move interstate from the powerful West Australian playing stocks.

The eight marquee players for the Melbourne clubs in the women's league met up at Etihad Stadium

Carlton has impressive bookends to start compiling its list for the 2017 season that starts in early February, headed by defender Brianna Davey, the former Australian soccer goalkeeper.

Joining Davey at the Blues is Darcy Vescio, a strong-marking key forward who has impressed with the Bulldogs over the past two seasons.

Vescio, who works at the club, plays with undefeated ladder-leaders Darebin Falcons.

Melbourne has tagged Daisy Pearce and Mel Hickey, who already have a strong connection.

The midfielder and defender both play with Darebin and have appeared for Melbourne in several exhibition games.

At 31, Hickey was a late starter to the game, but the distant relative of former Geelong great Reg Hickey has made up for lost time with two All Australian selections.

Forward Katie Brennan will join the Western Bulldogs, having made a name for herself in the red, white and blue in exhibition matches after moving from Queensland.

 

She's joined at the Dogs by young Melbourne University midfielder Ellie Blackburn, who has been a prolific ball-winner for Melbourne in exhibition games over the past four years.

West Australian Chelsea Randall will be the focal point in Adelaide's forward set-up in a major relocation for the versatile performer.

Gun forward Chelsea Randall will relocate to Adelaide next year. Picture: AFL Media

Randall is a development officer for West Australian club Swan Districts in Newman in the Pilbara region, 1200km north of Perth, and she regularly makes the long trek to play for her home club.

West Australian ruckman Sabrina Frederick-Traub, an AFL multicultural ambassador, will continue to spread the word and her talent for the Brisbane Lions.

Players will set up at their AFL clubs to start pre-season training in mid-to-late November.

THE 16 MARQUEE PLAYERS

Adelaide

Chelsea Randall
Age: 25
Forward
Plays for Swan Districts in WAWFL
3 x All Australian
2 x WAWFL best and fairest
Pick 3 in the 2013 draft
Played for Melbourne in 2013-15
Represented Western Australia in 2015-16
Day job: Swans Districts' regional manager, East Pilbara
As a youngster Randall grew up playing footy with boys in regional Western Australia. Never one to shy away from contests, Randall is known for her hard hitting and high marking. An athletic player with exceptional skills, she has the assets to blow any game apart.

Kellie Gibson
Age: 20
Forward
Moved from Swan Districts in Western Australia to South Australian club Morphettville Park this year
5 x West Australian youth girls' representative
2 x WAWFL premiership player
Played Rugby 7s and went to the Youth Olympics in 2014, where she won a gold medal
Selection 48 in the 2013 draft
Played for the Western Bulldogs in 2013 and 2015
Played with Melbourne in 2014
Day job: SANFL community programs coordinator
Gibson is a quick outside runner who is tough, plays with physicality and can read the play well. Young but has plenty of experience.

Brisbane Lions

Tayla Harris
Age: 19
Forward/ruckman
Plays for Zillmere in the QWFL
5 x youth girls' All Australian
Selection 17 in the 2014 draft
Played for Melbourne in 2014-15
Played for the Brisbane Lions academy team in 2016
Day job: Brisbane Lions community officer
Queensland born and bred, Harris is an athletic player, with elite overhead skills and a penetrating kick. Attacks aerial contests and applies defensive pressure at ground level. Loves an impromptu goal celebration, too.

 

Sabrina Frederick-Traub
Age: 20
Full-forward/ruckman
Plays for South Fremantle in the WAWFL
2 x youth girls' All Australian
Played for Melbourne in 2015
Played for Western Australia in 2015-16
Australia Post AFL multicultural ambassador
Studying sports psychology at Murdoch University
Moved to Australia from England when she was seven and started playing football with boys to help get used to Australian life. Is a strong overhead mark, hard-hitting, and high-leaping in the ruck or up forward. Has a long and accurate kick. Played soccer as a junior and is an accomplished guitar and clarinet player.

Carlton

Brianna Davey
Age: 21
Defender/midfielder
Played for the Western Bulldogs in 2015-16
Plays for the St Kilda Sharks in the VWFL
Played for Melbourne Victory from 2010-15 and Melbourne City in 2016 in the W League
Former goalkeeper for the Australian Matildas
Studying to be a teacher
Davey was introduced to the game early, playing her junior footy with boys before moving to soccer. She is one of a handful of female footballers who have played another sport at the highest level. She has sure hands and an ability to break away from packs. Can play in key positions or as a bullocking midfielder. Dangerous player who can blow a game wide open.

Darcy Vescio
Age: 23
Full-forward
Plays for Darebin Falcons in the VWFL
Selection 3 in the 2014 draft
Played for Western Bulldogs in 2014-15
Played for Victoria in 2013 and 2015
3x premiership player with Darebin Falcons
Australia Post AFL multicultural ambassador
Day job: Graphic designer
Vescio started playing footy when she was five and is now one of the best forwards in the game. Uses her pace and strong attack on the ball to regularly put herself in dangerous positions. Has clean hands and is a good kick for goal, making her a handful for opposition defenders.

Collingwood

Moana Hope
Age: 28
Full-forward
Plays for St Kilda Sharks in the VWFL
Selection 10 in the 2014 draft
Played for Western Bulldogs in 2014-15
Has won multiple league goal kicking awards
5x Victorian representative
200+ games in the VWFL
Day job: Traffic operations manager
Lively and highly skilled forward who has regularly topped the VWFL goalkicking list in recent years. A member of the Bulldogs in four exhibition games, she is just as good on the ground as she is in the air, making her a tough opponent to match up on.

Emma King
Age: 22
Ruckman
Plays for Coastal Titans in the WAWFL
Selection 1 in the 2014 draft
Played for the Western Bulldogs 2014-15
2 x West Australian representative
2 x premiership player
Has a twin sister, one of two sets of twins in her family
Recently completed an architecture degree
Almost always has impact when she takes the field. A high-leaping ruckman who runs hard, is a consistent team player and kicks the ball accurately beyond 50m. Can also go forward when needed.

Fremantle

Kara Donnellan
Age: 24
Midfielder
Captain of Swan Districts in WAWFL
Selection 5 in the 2013 draft
Played for Melbourne in 2013-15
3 x West Australian representative
3 x Victorian representative
3 x All Australian
2 x club best and fairest at Swan Districts
Originally from Victoria
Day job: Justice and high-performance manager at Swan Districts
Quick, outside midfielder who is tough and courageous. Consistent performer and a great team player. Gives her all and leaves nothing in the tank.

Kara Donnellan will step out for Fremantle's women's team next year. Picture: AFL Media

Kiara Bowers
Age: 24
Midfielder
Plays for Coastal Titans in the WAWFL
Selection 19 in the 2013 draft
Played for Melbourne in 2013-15
5 x West Australian representative
4 x WAWFL best and fairest
3 x premiership player with Coastal Titans
Day job: Area manager for Hendry Property Group
The best runner in the women's game, Bowers loves to break the lines. A four-time WAWFL best and fairest winner, Bowers is a high-quality player who relishes contests.

Greater Western Sydney

Renee Forth
Age: 29
Midfielder
Captain of Coastal Titans in the WAWFL
2012 club best and fairest
Selection 41 in the 2013 draft
4 x West Australian representative
Played for Melbourne in 2013-14
Played for Western Bulldogs in 2015
Day job: Electrician
'Sparky' is a hard-running and versatile player. Agile and strong overhead, she knows how to find the footy. Ultra-professional on and off field, Forth is a fantastic role model who lives and breathes footy.

Emma Swanson
Age: 21
Midfielder
Selection 29 in the 2013 draft
Plays for East Fremantle in the WAWFL
4 x club best and fairest
Played for Melbourne in 2013-15
4 x West Australian representative at senior and youth girls' level
All Australian at youth girls' level
Day job: AFL game development officer
Swanson is a tall midfielder who uses her height, strength and leap to advantage. Versatile and often plays as a midfielder starting from half-forward.

Melbourne

Daisy Pearce
Age: 28
Midfielder
Melbourne captain from 2013
Selection 1 in the 2013 draft
Captain of the Darebin Falcons in the VWFL
8 x premiership player
4 x Victorian representative
4 x All Australian
6 x VWFL premier division best and fairest
Day job: Works for Melbourne as an intern
Pearce is an intelligent footballer, a quick decision-maker and effective user by hand or foot. She frequently runs her opposition off their legs with her elite endurance and work ethic. She is the most decorated player in the game.

Daisy Pearce has been confirmed as a Demon for the new women's league. Picture: AFL Media

Mel Hickey
Age: 31
Defender
Selection 11 in the 2013 draft
3 x Victorian representative
4 x premiership player with Darebin Falcons
2 x All-Australian
Day job: Fitness consultant
Hickey is one of the best defenders in the women's game and represented Melbourne three times in exhibition matches. Aggressively attacks the ball and tries to hurt her opponent by running off and attacking at any opportunity.

Western Bulldogs

Katie Brennan
Age: 23
Forward
Plays for the Darebin Falcons in the WVFL
Selection 22 in the 2013 draft
2 x Victorian representative
Queensland representative at both senior and youth girls' levels
3 x premiership player with the Darebin Falcons
3 x All Australian
Day job: Strength and conditioning coach
One of the stars of the game, Queensland-born Brennan has made a name for herself after relocating to Victoria. Has strong hands and a massive engine. Shows incredible leadership with her on-field actions and off-field preparation.

Ellie Blackburn
Age: 21
Midfield
Plays for Melbourne University in the VWFL
Selection 13 in the 2013 draft
2 x Victorian representative
Played with Melbourne in 2013-16
All Australian at senior and youth girls' levels
Day job: Store manager
A prolific ball-winner and a prodigious kick, Blackburn is regularly at the top of the stats sheets. A star at youth girls' level who has gone on with it at senior level. Will continue to improve as her running capacity increases and should be a leading player in the national league for the next decade.