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Tegan Levi is a highly rated prospect for the Queensland Draft. (Photo: AFL Queensland/ Facebook)

With the AFLW draft just around the corner, The Inner Sanctum looks at the prospects from the Allies (QLD, NSW, ACT and NT).

As the AFLW Draft approaches on July 27, The Inner Sanctum has taken a look at the top prospects across Australia.

The Allies span across New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. Once again there is a lot of talent coming through.

In last year’s draft Tarni Evans (GWS Giants), Madison Levi (Gold Coast), Daisy D’Arcy (Gold Coast) and Zimmorlei Farquharson (Brisbane) just to name a few were picked from the Allies.

Jess Doyle – Sydney Swans Academy

Midfielder/Forward – 14/09/2003, 170cm

Jess Doyle is primed to be the first picked in the New South Wales pool, but with the Giants first pick at 37, Doyle will have to wait for her name to be read out.

She has the raw talent, skill and the footy smarts to be a damaging player inside fifty for many years to come, with the versatility to spend time in the midfield.

Doyle is just as dangerous in the middle as she is inside fifty, with her run and carry a highlight of her game. When inside fifty, Doyle is a hard opponent to beat one on one, both in the air and on the ground.

At the Under 19 Championships, Doyle held her own against some of the nation’s best up and coming talent, averaging 17.5 disposals.

Doyle captained the Sydney Swans Under 19 Academy side, already possesing leadership skills that many clubs are looking for.

Jess Doyle playing with the Sydney Academy. (Photo: Sydney Swans)

Maggie Harmer – Brisbane Academy

Defender – 12/04/2003, 170cm

A rebounding defender that is rated highly and will be one of the top picks in the Queensland Draft. The Lions will be looking to secure Harmer to fill the void left by Emma Zielke in the backline.

Harmer has the footy smarts to be able to position herself at the drop of the ball and act as an interceptor. She is a strong overhead mark, and has the pace and speed to be able to move the ball out of defensive fifty.

She’s also able to push up the ground and spend time on the wing, bringing her speed on transition.

During the AFLW Draft Combine, Harmer was in the top finishers for the 2km time trial, recording a time of 8:25.

Her game against Victoria Country was one of her best during the Under 19 Championships, having 15 disposals (eight contested), along with five marks and five tackles.

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Teagan Levi – Gold Coast Suns Academy

Inside Midfielder – 14/03/2003, 169cm

The sister of current Gold Coast Sun Maddison, Levi is poised to go in the top few selections in the Queensland draft. With Gold Coast holding the first three draft picks, it’s likely that Levi will be joining her sister at the Suns.

Like her sister Maddison, Levi is also a cross code athlete, playing rugby sevens. The pair were both named in the Rugby Sevens All-Star team in May this year.

Levi is a highly rated inside midfielder, who is most damaging around the clearance. Her pace allows her to clearly break away from congestion and pin point targets inside fifty.

During the U19 Championships, Levi’s standout game was against Vic Country, racking up 17 disposals and laying nine tackles.

At the Draft Combine, Levi excelled in a number of areas, recording a time of 3.29 seconds in the 20m sprint, 8.86 seconds in the agility test and a second all time record in the vertical jump, at 62cm.

Ashanti Bush – Hawthorn VFLW

Forward, 18/08/2002, 162cm

The addition of Bush into the Hawthorn forward line in 2021 was a well-needed one.

In her debut game for the Hawks against the Darebin Falcons, she was able to apply strong scoreboard pressure, kicking a goal and extending Hawthorns dominant lead.

Bush imposes herself as a scary opponent when one on one, knowing where to position herself so she’s able to come away with possession at ground level.

Although not a prolific ball winner, she certainly makes up for it in her goal sense, having kicked two goals in a few minutes when the Northern Territory Thunder game up against the GWV Rebels.

Bush also kicked two goals in Hawthorn’s clash with Williamstown, helping to create a pressure filled and dynamic forward line.

Gold Coast have its eye on Bush, and she’ll add another avenue to goal in the Suns forward line that struggled in season 2020.

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Bush (far right) in Hawthorn’s win over Darebin. (Photo: Hawthorn FC)

Giselle Davies – Gold Coast Suns Academy

Key Defender – 17/3/03, 180cm

Davies is another highly rated prospect in the Queensland draft and the Suns will be looking to bring her into the fold come draft night.

She’s a hard opponent to match up against, and she’ll have the capacity be a key pillar in any side’s backline for many years to come.

Davies is strong overhead and is hard to beat one on one, her clean use of the ball especially by foot one of her best attributes. Not just a strong one on one player, her ball distribution is just as quality.

She was a part of the Bond University side that faced University of Queensland in the QAFLW, so has proven experience against senior players.

Davies was the co-captain of the Gold Coast Suns Academy, so similar to Doyle, she has proven leadership qualities and attributes that many clubs are looking for.

Isadora McLeay – Sydney Swans Academy

Defender – 18/09/03, 178cm.

McLeay is a versatile defender who can also spend some time up forward, and another talented prospect of the New South Wales draft that only the Giants have access too.

She is another strong one on one player at either end of the ground, her strongest position being down in defence. She is also strong overhead and in the air, allowing her to relieve pressure inside her side’s defensive fifty.

Her biggest asset is her defensive pressure, denying her opposition repeat opportunities into her defensive fifty.

McLeay was named in the U19 Championships All-Australian team alongside fellow Sydney Academy member Jess Doyle.

During the Championships she averaged 16.5 disposals, with 12.5 of those being contested, and kicked a goal when she moved forward.

McLeay at the Swans Academy. Photo: Sydney Swans

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