Five AFLW clubs to receive priority draft assistance

Geelong is one of five AFLW clubs that will receive priority draft assistance in 2021. Image: geelongcats.com.au

The AFL Commission has announced that five clubs in the AFL Women’s competition will receive priority assistance at the 2021 AFL Women’s draft.

Assistance will be given to the Gold Coast Suns, Geelong, West Coast, St Kilda and Richmond, with each club to receive priority selections at this year’s AFL Women’s draft, detailed in an AFL media release on Friday.

It comes after Thursday’s announcement that the AFL Women’s competition will expand to a full 18 teams by 2023, which will see each AFL club have a corresponding women’s side.

The decision to provide priority assistance to the five clubs was made in consideration of a number of factors pertaining to the teams’ last two AFLW seasons, according to the release.

“The AFL Commission considered a range of factors including the win/loss record of these Clubs over the past two seasons, percentage, performance against teams above and below them on the ladder and an assessment of their respective list profiles,” the release detailed. 

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Each club will retain its first pick of the draft, the priority picks granted on the condition that the clubs are not to trade their first pick, which are already the first five of the draft.

However, clubs will be able to trade the priority selections they receive, as with their other draft picks.

The Gold Coast Suns and Geelong will each receive two priority selections, both in the first round, as well as access to two mature-age players from their respective regions.

At present, the Suns’ priority picks are the sixth and eighth in the draft, while the Cats’ are the seventh and ninth. 

The West Coast Eagles will receive selections in the second and third round of the draft, currently picks 24 and 41.

St Kilda and Richmond will both receive their priority selections in the second round, currently picks 25 and 26 respectively. 

Each club’s priority selections are detailed in the table below.

ClubPriority Selections
Gold Coast6; 8; Access to two QLD mature-age players prior to the draft
Geelong7; 9; Access to two regional mature-age players prior to the draft.
West Coast24; 41
St Kilda25
Richmond26

The full draft order can also be found in the tables below, with priority selections in bold.

Round One

SelectionTeam
1Gold Coast Suns
2Geelong
3West Coast Eagles
4St Kilda
5Richmond
6Gold Coast Suns
7Geelong
8Gold Coast Suns
9Geelong
10GWS GIANTS
11Western Bulldogs
12Carlton
13North Melbourne
14Fremantle
15Melbourne
16Collingwood
17Adelaide
18Brisbane

Round Two

SelectionTeam
19Gold Coast Suns
20Geelong
21West Coast Eagles
22St Kilda
23Richmond
24West Coast Eagles
25St Kilda
26Richmond
27GWS GIANTS
28Western Bulldogs
29Carlton
30North Melbourne
31Fremantle
32Melbourne
33Collingwood
34Adelaide
35Brisbane

Round Three

SelectionTeam
36Gold Coast Suns
37Geelong
38West Coast Eagles
39St Kilda
40Richmond
41West Coast Eagles
42GWS GIANTS
43Western Bulldogs
44Carlton
45North Melbourne
46Fremantle
47Melbourne
48Collingwood
49Adelaide
50Brisbane

The dates for the AFL Women’s trade and draft periods are yet to be announced.

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