2020 AFLW Draft: our chances

(2020 VFLW signing Katrina Tinson in action against Geelong in a February practice match. Photo by Arj Giese).   

 

Many Seagulls are in contention to earn a spot on an AFLW list at the October 6 AFL Women’s Draft. 

 

Amy Smith

 

 

The talented Amy Smith played in an EDFL premiership with Aberfeldie in 2019 before joining Williamstown ahead of the COVID-19 affected 2020 VFLW season. 

 

The 21-year-old comes from a high-level basketball background and has the ability to find and create time and space when there isn’t any.

 

Possessing clean hands and great skills, Smith has Father-Daughter eligibility with father Shaun playing a total of 109 VFL/AFL games with both North Melbourne and Melbourne.  

 

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Smith signed a contract with North Melbourne, who secured her as a father-daughter selection. Click HERE to read more.  

 

Katrina Tinson

 

 
(Photo by Arj Giese). 

 

Tinson was one of many exciting signings for 2020 and was able to partake in a season when she ventured back to her home state WA. 

 

The tough ball-winner played seven matches for the East Fremantle Sharks in a shortened season and was an integral part of their finals campaign and leadership group.  

 

The 23-year-old hard-hitting mid is an underage state representative and has premiership-winning experience at the Sharks. 

 

Tinson’s footy smarts are high and her aerial prowess allows her to also play forward and damage the scoreboard. 

 

Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster

 

 

Biedenweg-Webster missed 2019 with injury and study commitments but played in Collingwood’s VFLW side in 2018. Signed by the Seagulls as a line-breaking utility, AFLW clubs could do a lot worse than look at this x-factor. 

 

The 22-year-old has a high football IQ and the ability to both compete in ruck contests and impact the game at ground level. 

 

Charlotte Thorne

 

 

(Photo by Arj Giese).

 

Speedster Charlotte Thorne impressed the Seagulls as a new signing over the pre-season.

 

The 25-year-old spent time on Geelong’s VFLW list, is a two-time league best and fairest winner and team of the year member at AFL Barwon with local club North Geelong. 

 

An explosive, dangerous mid-forward, Thorne uses her breakneck pace to power away from stoppages, but her elite pressure also gives her the ability to be deployed as a small lockdown defender. 

 

Jasmine Kawa

 

(Photo by Martin Keep). 

 

The versatile Kawa hasn’t put a foot wrong after debuting for the Seagulls in early 2019, and with the aim of getting a season in during 2020, played for Aspley in the QAFLW this year. 

 

The 20-year-old is an imposing figure on the field and with strong aerial presence can have an impact at either end of the ground. 

 

Kawa turned heads in her debut game in Round 3 last season, recording 10 touches, 20 hit-outs and two goals in a best-on-ground performance. She also averaged five tackles in 2019.  

 

Ash Melnikas 

 

(Photo by Martin Keep). 

 

With 23 VFLW games under her belt, Melnikas has long been a strong defender for the Seagulls and couples that with her great running capacity. 

 

The 25-year-old is rarely beaten when given the job on some of the league’s most dangerous forwards and her toughness around the contest gives her the ability to win her own ball.

 

Melnikas averaged six touches and 5.3 tackles per game last season.  

 

Danica Pedersen 

 

(Photo by Martin Keep). 

 

Pedersen is a reliable key defender who has shown the ability to also play forward. 

 

Her stellar 2019 season - where she averaged 14.3 disposals, 2.6 marks and 3.5 tackles - earned deserved recognition with VFLW Team of the Year selection, while she also finished third in the Club’s best and fairest count. 

 

The 25-year-old has multiple years’ experience at state level and has a long kick and strong intercept marking ability that often acts as a road block for the opposition's offensive plays.

 

Megan Williamson

 

 

(Photo by Arj Giese). 

 

Megan Williamson laid the eighth-most tackles (88) in the VFLW competition last season and averaged 11.5 touches in 14 matches on her way to the Club’s best and fairest award. 

 

Williamson has played predominately as an inside mid who can go forward and kick goals, but has the necessary traits to also play as a stingy small defender. Her ability to read the game is second to none.  

 

Courtney Daniec

 

 
(Photo: Aspley Hornets)

 

Daniec is a smart footballer who was signed by Williamstown with years of experience up in Queensland.  

 

The half-back/midfielder spent the 2019 season with Melbourne Uni - averaging 10.1 disposals and 2.5 tackles - and Williamstown was looking forward to adding her footy smarts to a young 2020 Seagulls group. 

 

The 24-year-old captained Aspley in the QAFLW this season and is a natural leader who can use the ball well and make composed decisions under pressure. 

 

The 2020 NAB AFLW Draft will be held via an online video conference on Tuesday, October 6 at 7pm. The draft will be streamed at womens.afl, the AFLW Official App and Facebook Live.

 

 

 

 

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