The NAB AFL Women’s draft is now open and will close on September 29.
The inaugural NAB AFL Women’s Draft was held in Melbourne on October 12, 2016, with Nicola Barr taken by GWS as the game’s historic first selection. With the completion of the draft, the reality of a national women’s football league began to sink in, particularly for the players, some of whom would be moving to a new state to fulfil their dream of being part of such a competition.
The opening match of the maiden AFL Women’s season featured a meeting between the AFL’s two oldest clubs, Collingwood and Carlton in which marquee player Darcy Vescio starred. By the end of the inaugural season, more than 200 players had paved the way for the future, with the Adelaide FC holding the first premiership cup aloft and their star player Erin Phillips names best on ground and competition best & fairest.
Now we turn our attention to the 2017 NAB AFL Women’s Draft which will usher in the next generation of stars.
In the below link you will find all you need to know about what lies ahead and specifically, what nominating for the draft actually means. It will step you through the process for the draft and explain who is eligible, as well as providing details about the league as it continues to evolve.
It is an exciting time for the game and the AFL looks forward to Clubs being able to finalise their lists in preparation for the 2018 season. We thank you for your consideration in nominating to be drafted and wish you all the best in your future footballing endeavours.
Gillon McLachlan CEO, Australian Football League