LIVE BLOG: Every trade of the AFLW Trade Period

Tayla Harris is now a Melbourne Demon. (Picture: @MelbourneAFLW/Twitter)

Stay up to date on the AFLW Trade Period with The Inner Sanctum’s live coverage of every trade.

This page will be updated with every player signing and new trade, detailing the players and picks that change hands.

Wednesday June 9

TRADE LODGED – 4:00PM AEST

Gold Coast receive: Vivien Saad, second round pick (30)
North Melbourne receive: second round pick (19)

North Melbourne ruck Viv Saad has made her way up to the Gold Coast along with North Melbourne’s second round pick, in exchange for the Suns second round priority selection.

Saad played every game for the Roos across the last two years after being signed as a supplementary selection before the 2020 season. She averaged seven hit outs, nine disposals and three tackles, showing plenty of promise as a developing ruck that will slot in nicely alongside Suns young gun Lauren Bella.

TRADE LODGED – 3:10PM AEST

Richmond receive: Jess Hosking, two fourth round picks (55 and 57)
Carlton receive: second round pick (23), third round pick (40)

Richmond has completed the Hosking duo, Jess now joining twin sister Sarah at the Tigers for the 2021/22 season. Hosking departs the Blues after playing 30 games for the club as an inaugural player. She missed the entirety of the 2017 season due to an ACL injury, but only missed one game after her round one, 2018 debut.

Hosking enjoyed more midfield minutes in 2021, averaging a career high 13 disposals while also spending time across the wing and half-back and half-forward lines.

The Hosking twins after playing against each other in round four this year. (Picture: richmondfc.com.au)

TRADE LODGED – 1:45PM AEST

West Coast receive: Evie Gooch
Fremantle receive: third round pick (38)

The bitter rivals have done efficient business, Fremantle’s Evie Gooch joining West Coast for a third round pick. The former Perth Glory goalkeeper found herself out of favour in the Dockers backline in 2021, only playing three games. She has, however, put up a strong year in the WAFLW for East Fremantle, demonstrating an ability to go forward as she kicked three goals in the win against Swan Districts.

SIGNING – 12:30PM AEST

Greater Western Sydney’s Aimee Schmidt has signed with West Coast as a restricted free agent. The West Australian forward returns home after 23 games over five years with the Giants, kicking 10 goals. Schmidt only played three games in 2021 after an early season elbow injury followed by an ankle issue.

TRADE LODGED – 10:30AM AEST

GWS receive: Jasmine Grierson
North Melbourne receive: second round pick (28)

Reliable defender Jasmine Grierson has become the newest Giant, in what is shaping up to be a very strong trade period for the Sydneysiders. A strong interceptor, she played 19 games at North Melbourne, forming strong connections with the rest of the back five.

She averaged nine disposals and three and a half marks across 2020 and 2021, enjoying the strongest period of her career yet. Grierson is on her way to her third club, having previously played 13 games with Melbourne after being taken at pick 135 in 2016.

TRADE LODGED – 10:00AM AEST

St Kilda receive: first round pick (12)
Western Bulldogs receive: two second picks (22, 25)

St Kilda has traded its second round priority selection and an additional second rounder to land its second top 10 pick in the Victorian draft pool, now holding picks two and eight.

TRADE LODGED – 9:45AM AEST

Carlton receive: first round pick (11), fourth round pick (57)
Western Bulldogs receive: first round pick (12), second round pick (27)

Carlton has completed an additional pick swap, bringing in the Bulldogs first rounder to now hold picks six and seven in the Victorian draft pool.

TRADE LODGED – 9:30AM AEST

Carlton receive: second round pick (26), fourth round pick (55)
Collingwood receive: two second round picks (29, 32)

Collingwood and Carlton have exchanged selections, allowing the Blues to move up three places in the draft order while Collingwood gains an additional second round pick.

Tuesday June 8

TRADE LODGED – 4:30PM AEST

Gold Coast receive: Claudia Whitfort
St Kilda receive: third round pick (36)

Gold Coast has entered the trade period, trading away its third round selection for 21-year-old Saints Claudia Whitfort. She has only played 14 games across her four year AFLW career so far, but enjoyed her best season yet in 2021, the defender averaging a career high 10 disposals.

Whitford’s form in the VFLW has been particularly impressive over the past month, pushing forward against Hawthorn and Geelong to kick a goal in each game while averaging seven and a half tackles.

SIGNINGS – 3:00PM AEST

Brisbane premiership duo Jade Ellenger and Jesse Wardlaw have recommitted to the Lions, keeping the already strong team together for the 2021/22 season.

Wardlaw was a key pillar of the Lions forward line in 2021, and despite inconsistent performances, played every game of the season and kicked six goals, including a career high bag of four against rivals Gold Coast. Ellenger put together a full season for the first time in her career, playing across half-back and the wing. The two 21-year-olds have bright futures ahead of them, and will no doubt be a key part of challenging for back-to-back flags this year.

TRADE LODGED – 11:30AM AEST

Adelaide receive: Second round pick (20, Geelong), third round pick (47, Melbourne)
Carlton receive: Jess Dal Pos, first round pick (10, GWS), second round pick (27, GWS), second round pick (32, Melbourne)
Geelong receive: Chloe Scheer, Chantel Emonson, first round pick (15, Melbourne)
GWS receive: Chloe Dalton, Katie Loynes, third round pick (37, Geelong), third round pick (42, Carlton)
Melbourne receive: Olivia Purcell, Tayla Harris, third round pick (44, Carlton), third round pick (49, Adelaide)

Star forward Tayla Harris will be a Demon next season, making her way to her third club as a part of this morning’s mega trade. After the majority of the Victorian clubs confirmed they wouldn’t be continuing to chase Harris amidst reports of hefty contract demands, Melbourne has landed her signature.

Harris kicked 25 goals in 29 games for the Blues, leading the club goalkicking twice and earning a second All-Australian blazer after her first for Brisbane. Renowned for her iconic kicking action and marking abilities, Harris will form a dangerous combination with the Demons talls, both young and old. She’ll likely draw the best defender off Tegan Cunningham and Kate Hore, though this leaves youngster Alyssa Bannan fighting for her spot after playing every game in 2021 and kicking six goals.

Harris copped plenty of criticism throughout season 2021 in an up and down Blues outfit which missed finals despite being heavily rated pre-season. She averaged her lowest numbers for goals (0.5), marks (two), disposals (six) and tackles (two) since her debut year.

Liv Purcell was one of Geelong’s shining lights in its poor 2021 season before going down with an ACL injury in round five’s loss to Richmond. She’s quickly become the Cats best midfield talent, and was averaging 18 disposals and four and a half tackles before her injury.

Already a club best and fairest winner at 20, the prospect of her joining Melbourne’s on ball brigade along superstar Karen Paxman, Lily Mithen, Maddi Gay and rising star Tyla Hanks is a startling one. Once she returns from her rehabilitation, she’ll almost certainly be helping Melbourne push for that elusive flag.

Monday June 7

TRADE LODGED – 3:30PM AEST

Western Bulldogs receive: Elle Bennetts
GWS Giants receive: second round pick (28)

The new week has been opened with GWS midfielder Elle Bennetts making her way to the Western Bulldogs. The Victorian played 30 games with the Giants, averaging 14 disposals, four marks and kicking two goals in the 2021 season. Also a netballer, Bennetts had previously played for the Victorian Fury in the Australian Netball League, and the New South Wales Swifts in the Super Netball.

Renowned for her impressive stamina and hard-running, also a centre on the netball court, Bennetts finished second in the Giants’ best and fairest count in 2020 and fourth this year. Bennetts has taken strongly to Aussie rules since being signed as a rookie in 2017, and will add her professional experience into the young Bulldogs midfield group.

Saturday June 5

SIGNINGS: 9:00AM AEST

After what was a slow week of trades and signings, Fremantle has signed on six more of its current playing list, highlighted by All-Australian defender Janelle Cuthbertson and including Tiah Toth (nee Haynes), Jasmin Stewart, Bianca Webb, Matilda Sergeant and Mikayla Hyde.

A former tennis player, Cuthbertson was picked up as a mature-age late draft selection in 2019 after playing for the Perth Angels in the WAWFL. Originally picked up as a forward, she hit her straps as a defender this year, averaging 6.8 intercept possessions, 8.8 disposals, 2.7 marks and 2.8 rebound 50s, solidifying herself as one of the best intercepting defenders in the league.

Toth is another feel good story, redrafted by Fremantle in 2020 after being delisted by the club and spending time in the WAFLW playing for Subiaco, bettering her game. She played every game in the 2021 season for the first time in her career and has become one of the most versatile Dockers in the team.

A high-draft pick, Stewart will continue her development in the Dockers midfield after a solid season. She’s shown that she can be dangerous pushing forward, kicking two goals against Carlton in round seven’s inspiring come back victory.

Sergeant’s comeback story after a hip injury sustained in 2020 has been nothing short of remarkable, being one of the Dockers’ standout players in the qualifying final loss to Melbourne. Webb, just 19, will be continuing her development in the forward line with hopes to push up into the midfield.

An injury replacement signing at the beginning of this season, Hyde has done well to earn another list spot. She showed plenty of glimpses in her four games, including kicking her first goal against the Giants.

Wednesday June 2

SIGNING – 9:00AM AEST

Fremantle isn’t letting it’s core group go anywhere, signing winger Steph Cain on a two year deal. On return from a season-ending ACL injury suffered in the first round of the 2020, Cain enjoyed a breakout season. She finished second in the Dockers best and fairest, averaging 12 disposals and three and a half marks.

An inaugural Docker and still only 24-years-old, Cain will keep running the wings and add to her 32 games as an essential part of the midfield group.

TRADE LODGED – 12:00PM AEST

Richmond receive: Poppy Kelly
St Kilda receive: third round pick (48, tied to Collingwood)

The Saints have entered the trade period, moving on young ruck Poppy Kelly to the Tigers in exchange for the third round pick they received from Collingwood as a part of the Sabrina Frederick deal. A talented young ruck, Kelly only played six games for St Kilda after being signed as a rookie in 2019.

Kelly has been consistently held out of the Saints side by co-captain Rhiannon Watt, but put in promising performances when she did play, averaging 15 hit outs, eight disposals and three tackles in her time there. Only having played three games in the VFLW this year, she averaged 26 hit outs including two games of 30 or more.

What this trade does is raise question marks around the future of young Tigers ruck Alice Edmonds, with first choice ruck Gabby Seymour’s spot in the side nearly impossible to dislodge after her fantastic 2021 season.

Kelly competing in the ruck. (Picture: @stkildafcw/Twitter)

Tuesday June 1

SIGNING – 9:00AM AEST

Fremantle has locked away reliable small defender Ange Stannett for two years. Stannett enjoyed one of her best years in purple yet in 2021, taking home the Best Clubwoman award at the Dockers’ best and fairest night. She has firmly cemented herself as a part of the best 21 after 25 games across three seasons.

Monday May 31

TRADE LODGED – 5:30PM AEST

Collingwood receive: Sabrina Frederick, second round pick (26) and fourth round pick (55)
Richmond receive: Maddie Shevlin, first round pick (16) and third round pick (48)

Sabrina Frederick is on her way to her third club after spending three years with Brisbane and two years with Richmond. Frederick has kicked 20 goals across her 38 career games, and is a dual All-Australian. She only kicked two goals in the 2021 season, and averaged a career low for disposals and marks.

Collingwood will be hoping she can add a powerful marking target to provide aerial support for Chloe Molloy and Sophie Alexander and bring the ball to ground for the dangerous Aishling Sheridan and Joanna Lin.

Shevlin was initially drafted in 2017 by Melbourne but was delisted without playing a game. Collingwood would draft her in 2018 with pick 19. She would play five games with the Pies, including three finals. While Shevlin hasn’t shown her best yet at AFLW level, the right role could see her flourish at Tigerland.

She kicked seven goals across 14 games in the Pies’ 2019 VFLW premiership season, playing predominantly on half-forward and on a wing. She could form a dynamic combo with young gun Ellie McKenzie as a rotating mid/forward player.

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Alex is a studying journalist from Melbourne with an obsession for all things Aussie rules. From the elite level to the local leagues, you can find him either attending, writing or speaking about the sport seven days a week. Alex also writes about football, basketball, netball and esports.

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