AFL/AFLW Listed Players

Marcus Bontempelli (Eltham)

The No. 4 pick in the 2013 AFL Draft, Bontempelli has emerged as one of the AFL’s star players.

He claimed the Western Bulldogs’ best and fairest in the club’s drought-breaking premiership season in 2016.

He has since won the Bulldogs’ best and fairest, the Charles Sutton Medal, again in 2017 and 2019.

A three-time All Australian representative in 2016, 2019 and 2020, Bontempelli was named the AFL Coaches Association Player of the Year in 2019 and finished runner-up for the AFL Rising Star award in 2014.

He became captain of the Bulldogs in 2020.

AFL games: 145
AFL goals: 126


Josh Caddy (Eltham)

Caddy was selected by Gold Coast with pick No. 7 in the 2010 AFL Draft.

He played 24 games for the Suns over two seasons before moving to Geelong where he played 71 games in four seasons.

Caddy was traded to Richmond during the 2016 trade period.

He enjoyed a superb debut season with the Tigers, playing mostly as a forward during the club’s drought-breaking 2017 premiership campaign.

He backed it up with his best season at AFL level in 2018, booting 46 goals and averaging 17 disposals a game.

Caddy was also member of Richmond’s 2019 premiership team and was an emergency in the club’s 2020 grand final win over Geelong.

AFL games: 165
AFL goals: 142


Nick Coffield (Eltham)

A product of the Eltham Football Club, Coffield was taken by St Kilda at pick No. 8 in the 2017 AFL Draft.

Coffield was captain of the Northern Knights in 2017 and went on to play 10 matches in his debut AFL season in 2018.

He enjoyed a breakout season in 2020, when he featured in 18 matches and finished fifth in St Kilda’s best and fairest award.

Coffield was named on the interchange in the 2020 AFL Players’ Association 22Under22 team.

AFL games: 36
AFL goals: 1


Aidan Corr (Macleod)

Corr was recruited by the GWS Giants with pick No. 14 in the 2012 AFL Draft.

The key defender made his debut in Round 6, 2013 and went on to play 98 games with the Giants before securing a transfer to North Melbourne at the conclusion of the 2020 season.

Corr was a member the Giants’ 2019 grand final team after fighting his way back into the side late in the season following an injury-interrupted campaign.

He played junior football at Macleod and played five senior matches for the Roos across the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

AFL games: 98
AFL goals: 2


Trent Cotchin (West Preston-Lakeside and Reservoir)

Selected with pick No. 2 in the 2007 AFL Draft, Cotchin has gone on to become one of the most decorated players in Richmond’s history.

Cotchin became the Tigers’ first three-time premiership captain after leading the Tigers to victory in the 2020 grand final against Geelong.

The win followed premiership triumphs in 2017 and 2019.

In November 2016 he was retrospectively awarded the 2012 Brownlow Medal with Hawthorn’s Sam Mitchell.

Cotchin is a three-time winner of Richmond’s best and fairest, the Jack Dyer Medal, and claimed the AFL Coaches Association Player of the Year in 2012.

AFL games: 251
AFL goals: 127


Nik Cox (Montmorency)

Essendon used its first selection in the 2020 AFL Draft to take Cox at pick No. 8.

A key position player from Montmorency Junior Football Club, Cox had long been earmarked as a top-10 prospect.

He represented Vic Metro at the 2019 AFL Under-18 Championships, was a member of the NAB AFL Academy and was named co-captain of the Northern Knights in 2020, prior to the cancelled NAB League campaign.

Standing 200cm, Cox boasts remarkable athleticism and was one of the top performers at the Vic Metro Draft Combine – running the 20m sprint in 2.95 secs and the 2km time trial in 6:05 mins, the third-best result of all Draft Combines.

AFL games: 0
AFL goals: 0


Josh Eyre (Kilmore)

Eyre was selected by Essendon with pick No. 39 in the 2020 AFL Draft, after the Bombers matched a bid from Richmond for the talented key tall.

A product of Kilmore Junior Football Club, Eyre played eight games for the Calder Cannons during the 2019 NAB League season and was a member of Essendon’s Next Generation Academy.

Standing 198cm, he was a standout at the Vic Country Combine, finishing second in both the 2km time trial and 20-metre sprint, as well as runner-up in the running and standing vertical jumps tests.

AFL games: 0
AFL goals: 0


Brayden Fiorini (Research and Greensborough)

Fiorini was drafted by Gold Coast with pick No. 20 in the 2015 AFL Draft.

A ball magnet, he averaged more possessions per game than any player in the 2015 TAC Cup campaign.

Fiorini made his debut in Round 22, 2016 against Collingwood at Etihad Stadium, before racking up 26 disposals the next week in the Suns’ season-ending match against Port Adelaide.

He enjoyed a career-best season in 2019, finishing fifth in the Suns’ best and fairest after amassing 534 disposals at an average of 25 per match.

AFL games: 52
AFL goals: 18


Jade Gresham (South Morang)

Gresham was selected by St Kilda with pick No. 18 in the 2015 AFL Draft.

In doing so he became the first South Morang player to be recruited to an AFL club since the draft’s inception in 1986.

Gresham played 18 games in his debut season and finished sixth in the AFL Rising Star voting.

He played every game in 2017, before backing-up the feat in a breakout 2018 campaign – where he booted 35 goals, which included a bag of six against reigning premier Richmond.

Gresham’s efforts earned him the Saints’ Best Emerging Player award and a fourth-place finish in the best and fairest, which was backed up by a sixth-place finish in 2019.

AFL games: 92
AFL goals: 98


Dylan Grimes (Hurstbridge)

Grimes was selected by Richmond with pick No. 3 in the 2009 Pre-Season Draft.

After an injury-plagued start to his career, Grimes has established himself as on the AFL’s best defenders.

He had a standout season in 2017, playing all 25 games – including the grand final – and finishing fifth in the best and fairest in the Tigers’ premiership campaign.

Grimes was also a key member of the club’s 2019 and 2020 premiership wins.

He was selected in the All Australian team in 2019 and was a member of the 40-player All Australian squad in 2018 and 2020.

AFL games: 171
AFL goals: 3


Marty Hore (Northcote Park)

Hore was selected by Melbourne with pick No. 56 in the 2018 AFL Draft.

A tale of persistence, Hore had been one of the VFL’s best defenders for years and took out Collingwood’s VFL best and fairest in 2017 and 2018.

He impressed in his first season at AFL level, playing 14 games for Melbourne before missing the 2020 season with a shoulder injury.

A product of the Bendigo Pioneers, Hore listed Northcote Park as his nominated local club while playing VFL and played six games for the Cougars during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

AFL games: 14
AFL goals: 1


Michael Hurley (Macleod)

Selected by Essendon with pick No. 5 in the 2007 AFL Draft, Hurley has been of the AFL’s premier defenders over the past decade.

He played his junior footy with Macleod before featuring in four games with the senior side as a 16-year-old in 2006 – including the club’s Grand Final loss to Greensborough.

Hurley’s breakout season at AFL level was in 2015 when he was named in the All-Australian team and finished runner-up in the Bombers’ best and fairest.

He scored his second selection in the All-Australian team in 2017 and was inducted as an Essendon life member in 2018.

AFL games: 193
AFL goals: 108


Kane Lambert (West Preston-Lakeside)

A three-time premiership winner with Richmond, Lambert’s story is one of perseverance.

He went undrafted after an outstanding junior career, before a four-year stint at state-league level that included being named to the VFL’s team of the year and receiving the league’s most improved player award in 2013.

Lambert was drafted to Richmond in the 2015 rookie draft and made his debut for the club in round 1 of the 2015 season.

He has gone on to become one of the club’s most reliable and durable players and featured in grand final wins in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Lambert played three matches with West Preston-Lakeside in 2011.

AFL games: 115
AFL goals: 71


Bailey Laurie (Diamond Creek)

Laurie was drafted by Melbourne at pick No. 22 in the 2020 AFL Draft.

He began his football journey with Diamond Creek Junior Football Club, before moving to Beverley Hills Junior Football Club and progressing through to the Oakleigh Chargers.

The classy small forward has been praised for his outstanding game sense and clean skills. He also possesses great leg speed and can also play on a wing.

Laurie represented Vic Metro at the AFL Under-16 Championships in 2018 and impressed as a first-year player in seven NAB League matches for the Chargers in 2019.

AFL games: 0
AFL goals: 0


Mitchell Lewis (Wallan and Whittlesea)

Mitchell Lewis was one of the most talked-about picks in the 2016 Draft, when selected by Hawthorn at No. 76.

Ironically, he was taken by the Hawks just one month after the club traded out premiership legends Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis.

He made his AFL debut in Round 9, 2018 and in the same season finished second on the VFL goal kicking table and was a member of the Box Hill Hawks premiership team.

Lewis booted 20 goals in 12 appearances for Hawthorn in 2019 and played a further 8 games in 2020.

AFL games: 22
AFL goals: 25


Patrick Lipinski (Eltham and Montmorency)

Lipinski was drafted by the Western Bulldogs with pick No. 28 in the 2016 AFL Draft.

He made his AFL debut in Round 22, 2017 and racked up 18 disposals in the Bulldogs’ loss to Hawthorn.

He became a regular in the senior side the following year when he played 17 games, before adding 14 in 2019 and 13 in 2020.

Complementing a star-studded Bulldogs midfield group, Lipinski has shown good goal sense during his four seasons in the AFL.

AFL games: 45
AFL goals: 28


Darcy Macpherson (Diamond Creek)

Macpherson was selected by the Gold Coast Suns with pick No. 21 in the 2015 Rookie Draft.

The son of former Footscray player Steve, he was soon promoted to the senior list and made his debut against Melbourne in Round 7, 2016.

Macpherson claimed the Suns’ NEAFL Player of the Year award in 2017.

He cemented his place in the senior side in 2019, when he featured in all 22 matches and finished third in the club’s best and fairest award.

AFL games: 51
AFL goals: 25


Justin McInerney (Banyule and Macleod)

McInerney was selected by Sydney with pick No. 44 in the 2018 AFL draft.

The Banyule and former Macleod junior didn’t take long to make his debut, which came against Melbourne in Round 4, 2019.

That proved to be his only senior appearance in his debut season, however McInerney enjoyed a solid 2020, where he featured for the Swans nine times.

He earned a Rising Star nomination in Round 15 after a strong performance in a win over Melbourne, where he had 14 disposals and kicked two goals.

AFL games: 10
AFL goals: 5


Liam McMahon (Eltham and Greensborough)

McMahon played junior football with both Eltham Football Club and Greensborough Junior Football Club and was selected by Collingwood with pick No. 39 in the 2020 AFL Draft.

An NFNL representative at both under-14 and under-15 level, McMahon, he burst into draft contention with a promising 2019 NAB League campaign, where he kicked 14 goals in 15 appearances as a bottom-age player for the Northern Knights.

The high-marking forward has shown great athleticism and caught the eye of recruiters with outstanding results in last month’s Vic Metro Draft Combine, most notably in the 2km time trial, vertical jump and 20m sprint.

AFL games: 0
AFL goals: 0


Lachlan Murphy (Diamond Creek)

Murphy was selected by Adelaide with pick No. 38 in the 2017 AFL Rookie Draft.

A star junior footballer at Diamond Creek, Murphy represented the league at under-13, under-14 and under-15 level.

He was overlooked in the 2016 draft despite a standout season in the TAC Cup for the Northern Knights, where he claimed the club’s best and fairest.

He put the disappointment aside and made the move to Adelaide in the hunt of keeping his AFL dream alive.

The decision paid off, with Murphy rewarded after an impressive year for the Crows – where he played 18 SANFL and won the Dean Bailey Award as the club’s most dedicated development player.

Murphy played 11 AFL matches in 2018 and proved handy near goal, finishing with 12 majors, which included a three-goal haul in the Round 17 win over Geelong.

AFL games: 11
AFL goals: 12


Jack Petruccelle (Epping)

Petruccelle was snapped up by West Coast at pick No.38 in the 2017 AFL Draft.

After juggling football and basketball commitments throughout his junior career, Petruccelle burst into draft contention with an eye-catching campaign for the Northern Knights.

His 2.87 seconds in the 20m sprint was the fastest of any player at the 2017 AFL Draft Combine.

Petruccelle managed three games during his debut season with the 2018 premiers, with his debut coming in the Western Derby against Fremantle in Round 6.

AFL games: 3
AFL goals: 2


Dion Prestia (West Lalor)

Initially hailing from West Lalor, Prestia was taken by the Gold Coast Suns with pick 9 in the 2010 AFL Draft.

He had a breakout season in 2013, finishing runner-up in the club’s best and fairest award after averaging 25 possessions across his 20 games.

He served as vice-captain of the Suns from 2014 to 2016.

After two injury-plagued years Prestia was granted a trade to Richmond at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

He made an immediate impact with the Tigers and was an integral part of the club’s premiership side – averaging 27 disposals per game during the 2017 finals series.

He played only 13 games in an injury-affected 2018 campaign, but averaged 25 disposals in Richmond’s two finals appearances.

AFL games: 130
AFL goals: 44


Jayden Short (Mill Park and Bundoora)

Short was selected by Richmond with selection 11 in the 2014 Rookie Draft.

He was promoted to the senior list in March 2016 and made his debut in Round 2, where he impressed with three majors against Collingwood at the MCG.

Short went on to play 16 matches in his debut season before being upgraded to Richmond’s senior list.

He played 16 of Richmond’s first 18 games in 2017, before losing his place in the senior team ahead of the club’s successful finals series.

Short responded with a breakout season in 2018, playing all 24 matches and averaging 20 disposals per game as a rebounding defender.

AFL games: 56
AFL goals: 17


Brayden Sier (Banyule)

Sier proved to be the surprise of the 2015 AFL Draft when he was selected by Collingwood with pick No. 32.

He was the youngest player selected in the 2015 draft – having played just two TAC Cup games for the Northern Knights and did not attend the national or state draft combines.

Instead, Sier spent the majority of his draft season dividing his commitments between school side Marcellin and NFNL club Banyule.

Injuries restricted Sier to just 18 VFL games in his first two seasons with the Magpies.

He proved a revelation at AFL level in 2018, playing 12 games, including the grand final – where he had 21 disposals and was one of the best players on the ground in the first half.

AFL games: 12
AFL goals: 2


Sam Switkowski (Research and Panton Hill)

Switkowski was selected by Fremantle with No. 73 in the 2017 AFL Draft.

The Research junior, who also played senior football with Panton Hill, won the Northern Knights best and fairest in 2014.

He enjoyed an impressive Under-18 Championships for Vic Metro that season, but was overlooked in his initial draft year.

He went on to play 27 VFL games for the Box Hill Hawks and a further 20 games in the development league before being drafted.

Switkowski played two games in his first season with the Dockers, which included an impressive 17-disposal and one goal performance against Collingwood in Round 23.

AFL games: 2
AFL goals: 1


Nick Vlastuin (Eltham)

Vlastuin was picked up by Richmond with pick No. 9 in the 2012 AFL Draft.

He debuted in Round 5 and played 18 games in his debut season, finishing sixth in the AFL Rising Star award.

Vlastuin has since become a dependable and hard-nosed half-back flanker.

He overcame injury midway through the 2017 season to play a vital role in Richmond’s premiership campaign, which included a starring role in the qualifying final win over Geelong.

He averaged a career-best 17 disposals a game in 2018.

AFL games: 117
AFL goals: 25


David Zaharakis (Eltham)

Zaharakis made his debut for Essendon in Round 2, 2009.

He instantly made a name for himself by booting the winning goal on ANZAC Day with the last kick of the game.

In 2011 he became the youngest player in 30 years to win the Bombers’ best and fairest.

He won the ANZAC Day medal in 2013 and was elevated to Essendon’s leadership group in 2015.

Zaharakis accumulated his most disposals in a season in 2017, amassing 590 disposals in 23 matches.

AFL games: 187
AFL goals: 119


AFLW

Sophie Abbatangelo (Diamond Creek Women’s and Montmorency)

A product of Diamond Creek Women’s, Abbatangelo played two games in the inaugural NFNL season, before being elevated to the Creekers’ VFLW side.

A standout 2018 VFLW season with Melbourne University saw her selected by North Melbourne for the club’s inaugural year in the AFLW.

A clever player with x-factor, Abbatangelo is a threat with her offensive and defensive pressure.

Abbatangelo has played 13 AFLW for the Kangaroos over the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

AFLW games: 13
AFLW goals: 8


Alyssa Bannan (South Morang and Diamond Creek Women’s)

Long regarded as an AFL prospect, Bannan was drafted by Melbourne with pick No. 5 in the 2020 AFL Women’s Draft.

At 177cm and with great agility at ground level, she is a key forward with strong hands, who will also be able to push further up the field.

A member of the 2020 AFL Women’s Academy, Bannan has been a dominant force for the Northern Knights and was a member of the club’s 2019 NAB League Girls premiership.

She was named among Vic Metro’s best players in three of their four matches at the 2019 AFLW U18 Championships and was an integral part of the NFNL’s historic Under-15 Girls team which claimed the title at the AFL Victoria Metro Junior Championships in 2017.

Bannan won the NFNL Under-14 Girls Best and Fairest in 2016 and has proven her talents extend beyond the football field.

She tied for the Section 2 netball best and fairest while playing for Craigieburn during the 2019-20 NFNL Summer competition and was also been one of the league’s leading boundary umpires.

AFLW games: 0
AFLW goals: 0


Deanna Berry (Mernda, Epping and Montmorency)

A product of the Mernda Football Club, Berry was a standout coming through the junior ranks.

After playing against the boys until the under-14s, she made the move to Epping to play in the NFNL’s Youth Girls competition, before returning to Mernda to start up the Demons’ under-18 girls side.

As a 17-year-old she led the Victorian Women’s Football League Division 2 goal kicking in 2015, with 43 majors for Montmorency.

Berry was selected by Melbourne at pick No. 9 in the inaugural AFL Women’s draft.

She was traded to the Western Bulldogs at the conclusion of the 2017 AFLW season and was a member of the side’s 2018 AFLW premiership side.

AFLW games: 23
AFLW goals: 10


Brittany Bonnici (Wallan and VU Western Spurs)

Bonnici began her football career with Wallan Junior Football Club.

She spent four seasons with the Magpies between 2008 to 2011 before transferring to St Albans (now VU Western Spurs).

She was selected by Collingwood with pick No. 27 in the 2016 AFL Women’s draft.

She won a Rising Star nomination in 2017 after collecting a match-high 18 disposals in the Magpies’ six-goal win over GWS in Round 6.

Bonnici was named Collingwood’s vice-captain for both the 2018 and 2019 seasons. She also finished in runner-up for the club’s Best and Fairest Award in 2020.

AFLW games: 28
AFLW goals: 0


Madeline Brancatisano (Montmorency and Laurimar)

Brancatisano was selected by Melbourne Football Club with pick No.15 in the 2018 AFLW Draft.

She played her junior football with Montmorency Junior Football Club and Laurimar Football Club and in 2018 captained the Northern Knights in their TAC Cup Girls grand final campaign.

Brancatisano represented Vic Metro during the 2018 NAB AFLW Under-18 Championships and also played six games for Carlton during the 2018 VFL Women’s campaign.

She was traded to Richmond following the 2019 AFL season and was a member of the Tigers’ inaugural AFLW campaign.

AFLW games: 6
AFLW goals: 0


Lauren Brazzale (Eltham and Diamond Creek Women’s)

Brazzale played junior football with Eltham, before joining Diamond Creek Women’s.

After impressing at VFLW level, she was drafted by Carlton with pick No. 62 in the 2016 AFLW draft.

She made her debut in the historic AFLW first premiership game, where she was a member of Carlton’s victory over Collingwood in front of a capacity crowd at Ikon Park.

A regular in the Blues’ line-up Brazzale also featured for the club in its 2019 AFLW grand final loss to Adelaide.

AFLW games: 27
AFLW goals: 3

 


Hayley Bullas (Diamond Creek Women’s)

Bullas represented Diamond Creek Women’s in the inaugural season of the NFNL’s Women’s competition.

She was named among the Creekers best players in the 2017 Division 1 Women’s grand final loss to Bendigo, and also played six matches for the club’s VFLW side in the same season.

Bullas then linked up with Essendon and was a member of the club’s VFLW side in both 2018 and 2019, where she also served as vice-captain.

She was signed by West Coast for its inaugural AFLW season in 2020, joining the club as part of the Eagles’ Female Academy.

A fierce tackler and a strong inside ball-winner in her own right, she averaged 8.3 disposals and four tackles a game in her AFLW debut season.

AFLW games: 6
AFLW goals: 2


Grace Campbell (Bendigo)

Campbell represented Bendigo during the inaugural season of the NFNL Women’s competition in 2017.

She was dominant in all six matches for the Thunder, but didn’t feature after Round 10 in the club’s premiership campaign after suffering an ACL injury.

A strong contested ball player, she averaged eight tackles and 14 disposals per game for Richmond during the 2019 VFLW season and was signed to the club’s AFLW list as one of seven Academy elevations.

Campbell played five games in her AFLW debut season in 2020 and finished fifth in the Tigers’ best and fairest, before being traded to North Melbourne.

AFLW games: 5
AFLW goals: 0


Gabrielle Colvin (Darebin)

Colvin played for Darebin in the NFNL Women’s Division 1 competition during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

She also represented the Falcons’ VFLW team during these seasons, before being drafted by Melbourne with pick No.77 in the 2019 AFLW draft.

A netballer-turned-footballer, Colvin provides versatility down back, with the ability to play on both talls and smalls.

She played five matches for the Demons during the 2020 AFLW season.

AFLW games: 5
AFLW goals: 0


Jessica Dal Pos (Darebin)

A product of the Darebin Women’s Football Club, Dal Pos has won NFNL junior premierships as both a player and coach of the Falcons.

She was one of three priority players selected by Greater Western Sydney before the 2016 AFL Women’s draft.

Dal Pos won the Giants’ best and fairest in the inaugural season of the AFLW in 2017 and was also named in the AFLW All Australian side.

Dal Pos is yet to miss a game across the first four AFLW seasons and is a member of the Giants’ leadership group

AFLW games: 28
AFLW goals: 4


Rosie Dillon (Whitehorse)

Dillon represented Whitehorse during the inaugural NFNL Women’s season, kicking eight goals in four appearances during the 2017 Division 1 Women’s campaign.

She also featured for Box Hill Hawks during the 2017 VFLW season, before representing Hawthorn in the same competition in 2018 and 2019, winning the best and fairest in her final season with the Hawks.

Dillon was drafted by St Kilda with selection No. 24 in the 2019 AFLW draft and had an immediate impact.

She snared the Saints best and fairest award in her first season in the top-flight, sharing the award with Georgia Patrikios, Caitlin Greiser and Olivia Vesely in an incredible four-way tie.

AFLW games: 6
AFLW goals: 0


Jessica Fitzgerald (Bundoora Park)

Fitzgerald was selected by the Western Bulldogs at pick No. 2 in the 2020 AFLW Draft.

She began her football journey with Bundoora Park and was a member of the club’s under-9 team in its inaugural season in the NFNL in 2011.

The following year she was a member of the Thunderbolts’ Under-10 Red premiership side and was named in the team’s best players in the grand final win over Northcote.

After taking a break from the game she continued her football journey with St Mary’s, before moving on to the Northern Knights – where she has developed into one of the game’s most exciting midfield prospects.

She was best afield in the Knights’ NAB League Girls grand final win in 2019 as a bottom-age player, and was named among the club’s best players in two of three games in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

AFLW games: 0
AFLW goals: 0


Clara Fitzpatrick (Diamond Creek Women’s)

Fitzpatrick’s journey to the AFLW is one of the game’s most incredible journeys.

She had never heard of Australian Rules football prior to moving to Melbourne at the end of 2016.

What started as a break from work and a chance to travel the world turned into residency in Melbourne, and then, a senior spot with St Kilda after just three years down under.

She showed plenty of promise for Diamond Creek Women’s during the 2017 NFNL Division 1 Women’s season and was the club’s best player in its grand final loss to Bendigo.

Fitzpatrick went on to represent Melbourne University in the VFLW in 2018, before moving to the Southern Saints in 2019.

She was added to St Kilda’s AFLW list for its inaugural season and went on to win the club’s Coaches Award.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, Fitzpatrick was unable to return to Australia for season 2021 and was subsequently placed on the club’s inactive list for 2021.

AFLW games: 5
AFLW goals: 0


Elisabeth Georgostathis (VU Western Spurs)

Georgostathis excelled in her sole season of senior football with the VU Western Spurs.

She claimed the Spurs’ Division 1 best and fairest despite being just 16 years of age for the majority of the season.

Her efforts were also highlighted with selection in the 2018 NFNL Division 1 Women’s Team of the Year.

She captained the Western Jets in 2019 and was selected in the NAB League Team of the Year, while also representing Vic Metro and the Western Bulldogs VFLW side.

Georgostathis was selected by the Western Bulldogs at pick No. 9 in the 2019 AFL National Draft and played six matches in her debut season in the AFLW.

AFLW games: 6
AFLW goals: 1


Britney Gutknecht (Laurimar)

Gutknecht was one of the steals of the 2019 AFLW Draft, with the Bulldogs selecting her with pick No. 48.

It followed a standout season with the Northern Knights, where she averaged 17 disposals and five tackles a game.

She played junior and senior football with Laurimar and also played for Vic Metro and Carlton’s VFLW team in 2019.

A contested ball winner, Gutknecht played two matches for the Bulldogs during the 2020 AFLW season.

AFLW games: 2
AFLW goals: 0

 


Georgia Hammond (Darebin)

Hammond’s journey to a spot on North Melbourne’s AFLW was a reward for persistence.

The Roos used pick No.44 in the 2020 AFLW Draft to select the mature-age forward.

Hammond had played with Darebin since 2011 and has been a permanent fixture in the Falcons VFLW team since the competition’s inception in 2016.

She was also shown the ability to play as a back-up ruck and can be shifted to defence if required.

Hammond represented the Falcons in two matches in the NFNL Women’s Division 1 competition in 2017 and 2018, which included a four-goal haul against La Trobe University in the competition’s inaugural year.

AFLW games: 0
AFLW goals: 0


Kerryn Harrington (Bendigo Women’s)

Harrington was a standout for Bendigo during the 2017 NFNL Women’s Division 1 season, finishing third in the competition best and fairest count.

Harrington was also fifth on the goal kicking table and starred in the Thunder’s grand final win over Diamond Creek Women’s.

After a strong first AFLW season in the backline in 2018, Harrington elevated her defensive pressure to new heights in 2019.

She played all nine games in 2019 as a key pillar of the backline in what was her first year as part of Carlton’s leadership group.

Harrington’s efforts saw her receive All-Australian honours and finish third in Carlton’s best-and-fairest during the Blues grand final campaign.

She was elevated to captain in 2020 and was again selected in the AFLW All Australian team.

The code-hopper excelled as a basketballer, spending the majority of her sporting career playing for Bendigo Spirit in the Women’s National Basketball League. She also represented Australia at the 2009 and 2011 under-19 junior World Championships.

AFLW games: 23
AFLW goals: 0


Tanya Hetherington (Diamond Creek Women’s)

Hetherington headed north for the 2018 AFLW season after being chosen by GWS Giants at pick 17 in the 2017 AFLW Draft.

The former Creekers VFLW co-captain returned to football in 2017 after a long injury layoff and helped lead her club to the VFLW grand final.

She also made one appearance in the NFNL Women’s Division 1 competition in 2017.

She has spent time in the Giants leadership group and is a cornerstone in the club’s backline.

AFLW games: 21
AFLW goals: 0


Bailey Hunt (Montmorency)

Hunt was selected by the Western Bulldogs with pick No. 60 in the 2016 AFL Women’s Draft.

She had previously spent three seasons with Montmorency, two of which she played in the NFNL’s Under-18 and Under-19 girls competitions.

She joined Melbourne Uni in 2016 and played 15 matches in the VFLW competition.

Hunt was selected as one of two Round 1 nominees for the inaugural AFLW Rising Star award.

She was a member of the Bulldogs’ 2018 AFLW premiership side and enjoyed her most consistent season at AFLW level in 2020, when she played every match and averaged 10 disposals per game.

AFLW games: 22
AFLW goals: 1


Kodi Jacques (Bendigo)

Jacques is a two-time NFNL Division 1 Women’s premiership winner with Bendigo.

The 2017 and 2018 premiership star also finished seventh in league best and fairest count in 2018.

She joined Richmond’s VFL side in 2019 before being elevated to the club’s AFLW list for the 2020 campaign.

A silky-skilled midfielder known for her work rate and defensive pressure, Jacques featured in every match during Richmond’s first AFLW season.

AFLW games: 6
AFLW goals: 1

 


Elizabeth Keaney (Melbourne University)

Keaney only began playing football in recent years after switching to the game from field hockey.

In 2017 she played eight matches in the NFNL Women’s Division 1 competition, which included a best-on-ground performance in Melbourne University’s elimination final win over Kew.

After an impressive 2018 campaign with the club’s VFLW side, she made the move to the Southern Saints and continued to shine.

An attacking half-back who is known for her creativity and rebounding abilities, Keaney was selected by Gold Coast at pick No. 58 in the 2020 AFL Draft.

AFLW games: 0
AFLW goals: 0


Kirsty Lamb (Yarrambat and Diamond Creek Women’s)

Lamb began her football career with Yarrambat before switching to Diamond Creek Women’s in 2009.

She represented the NFNL at the AFL Victoria Junior Metro Championships in 2009 and has since gone one to play in the VFL Women’s competition with Diamond Creek Women’s.

Lamb was selected by the Western Bulldogs with pick No. 138 in the 2016 AFLW Draft.

She was a member of the Bulldogs’ 2018 AFLW grand final-winning side, finishing inside the top-five of the club’s best and fairest during the premiership year.

Lamb is also a star cricketer and has represented the Melbourne Renegades in the Women’s Big Bash League.

AFLW games: 27
AFLW goals: 7


Annalyse Lister (Darebin)

Lister was selected by the GWS Giants at pick No. 29 in the 2019 AFLW Draft.

A former hockey player, she he made three appearances for Darebin in the NFNL Women’s competition in 2017.

After impressing in the NFNL, Lister was elevated to the club’s VFLW team and went on to feature in the club’s 2017 VFLW Premiership team.

She was a regular in the Falcons VFL lineup between 2017 and 2019 before being drafted by the Giants.

Lister made her AFLW debut in Round 1, 2020 in the Giants’ one-point win over the Gold Coast Suns.

AFLW games: 7
AFLW goals: 0


Chloe Molloy (Whittlesea and Diamond Creek Women’s)

Molloy was selected by Collingwood with pick No. 3 in the 2017 AFLW Draft.

It followed a standout 2017 season, where she starred for Diamond Creek Women’s in the VFLW and the Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup Girls.

In her draft year she was the joint winner of the TAC Cup Girls best-and-fairest and was also the competition’s leading goal kicker, before also winning the VFLW goal kicking and Rising Star awards.

She continued her dominance at AFL level, winning the 2018 AFLW Rising Star Award, with a perfect total of 50 votes, and also took out Collingwood’s best and fairest award in her debut season.

Molloy booted nine goals as an 18-year-old in Diamond Creek Women’s NFNL Women’s Division 1 opening round win over La Trobe University in 2017, before spending the remainder of the season in the Creekers’ VFLW team.

She played her junior football at Whittlesea, before switching codes to basketball and only returning to football 12 months ago before being drafted.

AFLW games: 14
AFLW goals: 7


Gabrielle Newton (Montmorency and Yarrambat)

Newton was selected by the Western Bulldogs with the No.1 pick in the 2019 AFLW draft.

A Montmorency and Yarrambat junior, Newton had been considered the likely first choice in the draft.

It followed a 2019 season that saw her captain the Northern Knights to the NAB League Girls premiership and earn selection in the All Australian team after a dominant AFLW National Championships for Vic Metro.

She managed to play every game in her debut AFLW season, averaging 13 disposals and seven tackles per match.

Newton was nominated for the 2020 NAB AFLW Rising Star award in Round 4 against West Coast, following a 16-disposal and 10-tackle performance.

AFLW games: 6
AFLW goals: 0


Madison Prespakis (Melbourne University)

Prespakis arrived at Carlton as one of the most highly-touted youngsters in the country.

Selected by the Blues at pick No.3 in the 2018 AFLW draft, she has delivered on the hype in her first two seasons in the AFLW.

In her debut season, Prespakis was awarded the AFLPA 2019 AFLW Best First Year Player and the 2019 NAB AFLW Rising Star award, as well as being named All Australian and winning Carlton’s best and fairest.

She elevated her game again in 2020 to claim the AFLW best and fairest award despite being just 19 years of age throughout the season.

Prespakis made one appearance in the NFNL in 2017, when she featured in Melbourne University’s Round 3 victory over Darebin.

AFLW games: 16
AFLW goals: 10


Rebecca Privitelli (St Damian’s)

Privitelli played five games for Carlton in the inaugural AFL Women’s season, before moving to the GWS Giants ahead of the 2018 season.

After making just one appearance in her first season with the Giants, Privitelli has become a permanent fixture in the side over the past two years.

A former Vic Metro representative, Privitelli also represented the NFNL at the 2011 AFL Victoria Metro Junior Championships.

During the same season she topped the NFNL’s Youth Girls goal kicking table, booting 52 goals for St Damian’s to help steer the side to a grand final appearance.

AFLW games: 13
AFLW goals: 7


Ashleigh Riddell (Eltham and Diamond Creek Women’s)

Riddell played junior football with Eltham and attended primary school with fellow AFL player Marcus Bontempelli.

She joined Diamond Creek Women’s for the 2017 VFLW season, and also made one appearance in the Creekers’ NFNL campaign.

Riddell joined Melbourne Uni for the 2018 VFLW season and assumed the club’s captaincy at just 22 years of age.

She was added to North Melbourne’s list as an open-age signing for the Kanagroos’ inaugural AFLW season.

Riddell had a standout 2020 campaign, finishing third in the Kangaroos best and fairest and named on the interchange in the All Australian team.

AFLW games: 9
AFLW goals: 2


Molly Ritson (Greensborough)

Ritson played under-10s football with Greensborough before moving to the Gold Coast.

She continued to play football until she was 19 before leaving the game and taking on surf lifesaving.

She returned to the football via Bond University and claimed QAFLW premiership success in 2017, with her efforts catching the eye of Brisbane Lions AFLW coach Craig Starcevich, who decided to rookie list the midfielder.

Unfortunately, a stress fracture in her foot sidelined her for the season and she was delisted by the Lions.

However, another impressive campaign for Bond University in 2019 saw her added to the Gold Coast Suns list – with Ritson playing every game in the club’s inaugural season in 2020.

AFLW games: 7
AFLW goals: 0


Vivien Saad (VU Western Spurs)

Saad was added to North Melbourne’s AFLW list as a replacement player for Jess Duffin, who announced her pregnancy prior to the commencement of the season.

A former basketballer, Saad showed plenty of promise in 15 games for Melbourne Uni during the 2019 VFLW campaign.

She also represented VU Western Spurs in the NFNL Division 1 Women’s competition early in the 2019 season.

Saad played all seven matches for North Melbourne in her debut AFLW season – averaging 10 disposals and seven hitouts a game.

AFLW games: 7
AFLW goals: 0


Sarah Sansonetti (Bundoora Park)

Santonetti was selected by Richmond at pick No. 40 in the 2019 AFLW Draft.

She played her under-13 and under-14 seasons with Bundoora Park and became the first player from the club to make it on to an AFL or AFLW list.

Sansonetti was a Northern Knights and Vic Metro representative in 2019.

She also played five VFLW games for Darebin.

Sansonetti made her debut in Round 1 defeat to Carlton – the club’s inaugural AFLW game – and went on to play every game for the Tigers in the 2020 AFLW season.

AFLW games: 6
AFLW goals: 0


Louise Stephenson (St Damian’s)

Stephenson was one of three priority players selected by Greater Western Sydney before the 2016 AFLW draft.

Her first two AFLW seasons were injury-plagued, however she has since established herself as a permanent fixture in the Giants line-up.

Stephenson began her football career with St Damian’s and played in the NFNL in 2011.

During that season she finished equal-second in the Youth Girls best and fairest count and represented the league in the AFL Victoria Junior Metro Championships.

AFLW games: 19
AFLW goals: 1


Paige Trudgeon (Montmorency and Research)

Trudgeon made her way onto Carlton’s list on the eve of the 2021 season, selected as a replacement for Chloe Dalton, who was forced to miss the season due to her commitments with the Australian Rugby Sevens team.

Trudgeon joined the Blues after just one year of football with Montmorency, having played basketball for much of her junior career.

She finished fifth in Montmorency’s best and fairest in 2019 after making 12 appearances in the club’s Division 1 side.

After missing out on selection in the 2020 AFLW Draft, Trudgeon proved herself at Ikon Park by training with Carlton’s VFLW side, before completing sessions with the AFLW squad as a nominated train-on in the new year.

AFLW games: 0
AFLW goals: 0


Sarah Wright (Keilor)

Wright was selected by North Melbourne with pick No. 32 in the 2019 AFLW draft.

She was the dominant player in the NFNL Division 1 Women’s competition in 2018.

Wright claimed the competition best and fairest, as well as the Coaches MVP, with her twin sister Gemma runner-up in both awards.

She also featured in the NFNL’s inaugural representative women’s football side and helped guide Keilor to the 2018 grand final.

Wright starred for Carlton’s VFLW team in 2019, finishing runner-up to Gemma in the club’s best and fairest award.

She made her AFLW debut in North Melbourne’s Round 1 defeat to Melbourne and went on to feature in each of the Kangaroos’ matches during the 2020 season.

AFLW games: 7
AFLW goals: 1


*All games and goal tallies are to the end of the 2020 AFL and AFLW seasons.