THE ORDER for next week's NAB AFL Women’s Draft has been finalised, with compensation for injured and unavailable players now included.
The draft, which will be held on Tuesday, October 23, at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, will see the 10 AFLW teams make up to 70 selections.
Carlton received pick 42 as compensation for Sophie Li moving back to Adelaide due to her work commitments as a paramedic.
The Crows were allocated selection 53 as compensation for the unavailability of Jess Allan (work commitments/army) and Ruth Wallace (family reasons).
On Friday, the Blues officially committed pick 16 to midfielder Abbie McKay, the competition’s first father-daughter selection.
Collingwood was given permission to make two pre-draft selections, as cover for Chloe Molloy, who will miss the season with a right foot injury, and to compensate for the large number of experienced players lost to other clubs. Sophie Alexander (pick 29) and Erica Fowler (70) played with the Magpies’ VFLW team this year and were pre-selected last Friday.
Each team can sign 28 primary-listed players plus two cross-code rookies, with all but one of the rookies locked in. North Melbourne had signed its two before the September 28 deadline, but on Monday announced basketballer Tayla Roberts had decided not to pursue football. The Kangaroos were waiting on a ruling from the AFL as to whether they could sign another rookie to replace Roberts.
Clubs can choose to pass on their final picks if they wish to sign a player from another state as a free agent, as was the case when the Western Bulldogs signed West Australian Rachel Ashley last year.
2018 NAB AFLW DRAFT ORDER
10 Western Bulldogs
12 Greater Western Sydney
16 Carlton – Abbie McKay (father-daughter selection)
23 Western Bulldogs
25 North Melbourne
26 Western Bulldogs
29 Collingwood – Sophie Alexander (compensation)
34 Western Bulldogs
36 North Melbourne
43 Greater Western Sydney
46 Western Bulldogs
54 Greater Western Sydney
55 North Melbourne
58 North Melbourne
60 Greater Western Sydney
63 North Melbourne
65 Greater Western Sydney
67 Greater Western Sydney
69 Greater Western Sydney
70 Collingwood – Erica Fowler (compensation)