Twenty TAC Cup Girls players who joined AFL Women’s lists at the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s Draft are setting themselves to make an impact in the upcoming 2019 AFLW season.
The third edition of the national women’s league kicks off under lights at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday, when Collingwood travels down the highway to face competition entrant Geelong.
The AFLW Cats added seven TAC Cup Girls players to their inaugural list last year – including top-10 AFLW Draft picks Nina Morrison (pick no.1 from Geelong Falcons), Sophie Van De Heuvel (no.2 from GWV Rebels) and Rebecca Webster (no.7 from Murray Bushrangers) – while fellow 2019 entrant North Melbourne selected Oakleigh Chargers forward Daisy Bateman later in the draft.
Carlton’s Madison Prespakis (pick no.3 from Calder Cannons), Collingwood’s Jordyn Allen (no.5 from Dandenong Stingrays), Melbourne’s Tyla Hanks (no.6 from Gippsland Power) and Western Bulldogs’ Eleanor Brown (no.10 from Sandringham Dragons) were other TAC Cup Girls players taken in the first 10 picks.
The 2018 AFLW Draft crop joins 11 other TAC Cup Girls players who were added to AFLW lists in 2017, with Western Bulldogs premiership player Monique Conti (ex-Calder Cannons) among those Victorian youngsters to make an impact at the elite level last year.
* A total of 31 players who were recruited from TAC Cup Girls clubs are on AFLW lists for the 2019 season. See the full list below.
The 10-team AFLW season runs over seven rounds, with a two-week finals series concluding on March 30 or 31 – click HERE for the full fixture.
Former TAC Cup Girls players on 2019 AFLW lists:
|2019 AFLW CLUB||NAME||U18 CLUB RECRUITED FROM|
|CARLTON (6)||Madison||Prespakis||Calder Cannons|
|COLLINGWOOD (9)||Sarah||Dargan||Calder Cannons|
|* INACTIVE LIST:||Chloe||Molloy||Calder Cannons|
|GEELONG (7)||Nina||Morrison||Geelong Falcons|
|Sophie||Van De Heuvel||GWV Rebels|
|MELBOURNE (5)||Eden||Zanker||Bendigo Pioneers|
|NORTH MELBOURNE (1)||Daisy||Bateman||Oakleigh Chargers|
|WESTERN BULLDOGS (3)||Monique||Conti||Calder Cannons|