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Benjy’s Rookie Radar – AFLW Best 21

Benjy has a look at the rookies who might make their club’s best 21

Gemma Bastiani and Sarah Black have been predicting each club’s best 21 at AFLW News.

Here are the rookies who made the cut.

There’ll be a wealth of solid picks this season thanks to the four new expansion teams.

Rookies are classified as Pick 1 Montana Ham’s $50,300 starting price and under.

Thanks to @azzajewell from The Dub for compiling the U18 and reserves stats for the most recent draftees.

🐦 Adelaide

Amber Ward (DEF, $45,300) is on the bench. She averaged 27 in the AFLW last season.

🦁 Brisbane

Kiara Hillier (DEF, $28,700) is at full back. She was drafted with pick 78 and averaged 43.3 in the U18 Champs.

Lily Postlethwaite (MID, $28,700) is on the bench.

πŸ”΅Β Carlton

Brooke Vickers (DEF, $40,700) is on the bench. She averaged 28 in the AFLW last season.

Keeley Skepper (MID, $31,100) is on the bench. She was drafted with pick 17 and averaged 67.3 in the U18 Champs and 95.3 in the NAB League.

Lily Goss (MID, $28,700) is on the bench. She was drafted with pick 48 and averaged 71.4 in the VFLW.

Serena Gibbs (RUCK, $28,700) is at full forward.

🏁 Collingwood

Erica Fowler (RUCK, $33,000) is at centre half back. She averaged 20 in the AFLW last season.

Joanna Lin (MID, $30,600) is on the bench.

Jordan Membrey (FWD, $33,500) is at full forward.

Olivia Barber (FWD, $46,600) is at centre half forward. She averaged 31 in the AFLW last season.

Sophie Casey (DEF, $44,500) is at full back. She averaged 26 in the AFLW last season.

✈ Essendon πŸ†•

Alana Barba (MID, $28,700) is on the bench. She averaged 19 in the AFLW last season.

Amber Clarke (DEF, $46,700) is on the half forward flank. She was drafted with pick 4 and averaged 58 in the U18 Champs and 75.4 in the NAB League.

Amelia Radford (MID, $28,700) is on the bench. She was drafted with pick 62 and averaged 79.9 in the VFLW.

Bella Ayre (FWD, $28,700) is at centre half back.

Danielle Marshall (FWD, $31,200) is at full back.

Daria Bannister (FWD, $48,000) is at full forward. She averaged 28 in the AFLW last season.

Jordan Zanchetta (FWD, $40,800) is on the ball.

Jorja Borg (RUCK, $28,700) is the starting ruck.

Mia Busch (DEF, $28,700) is at half back. She was drafted with pick 35 and averaged 59.7 in the U18 Champs and 83.6 in the NAB League.

Olivia Barton (DEF, $28,700) is on the bench.

Paige Scott (FWD, $41,900) is at centre half forward. She was drafted with pick 8 and averaged 41.7 in the U18 Champs and 68 in the NAB League.

Sophie Alexander (FWD, $50,200) is on the bench. She averaged 30 in the AFLW last season.

Sophie Van De Heuvel (MID, $48,900) is on the wing. She averaged 29 in the AFLW last season.

🐢 Footscray

Kirsten McLeod (FWD, $40,100) is on the wing. She averaged 33.9 in the AFLW in 2021.

Millie Brown (DEF, $30,400) is at full forward. She averaged 25.7 in the AFLW in 2021.

Rylie Wilcox (FWD, $28,700) is on the bench. She was drafted with pick 21 and averaged 62.7 in the U18 Champs and 83.7 in the NAB League.

Sarah Hartwig (DEF, $45,300) is at half back. She averaged 27 in the AFLW last season.

βš“οΈΒ Fremantle

Amy Franklin (FWD, $38,100) is at full forward. She averaged 28 in the AFLW last season.

Bianca Webb (FWD, $47,400) is on the bench. She was drafted with pick 83 and drafted 52.1 in the WAFLW.

Janelle Cuthbertson (FWD, $49,500) is at full back. She averaged 35 in the AFLW last season.

Makaela Tuhakaraina (FWD, $46,700) is on the bench. She averaged 28 in the AFLW last season.

Philipa Seth (DEF, $44,200) is in the middle. She averaged 38.4 in the AFLW in 2021.

😺 Geelong

Mia Skinner (FWD, $28,700) is at full forward. She was drafted with pick 33 and averaged 48.5 in the VFLW.

Shelley Scott (FWD, $49,000) is at centre half forward. She averaged 29 in the AFLW last season.

β˜€οΈΒ Gold Coast

Claire Ransom (MID, $28,700) is on the bench. She was drafted with pick 34 and averaged 51 in the U18 Champs and 77.9 in the NAB League.

Lucy Single (MID, $42,600) is on the bench. She averaged 25 in the AFLW last season.

Wallis Randell (DEF, $36,300) is on the bench. She averaged 14 in the AFLW last season.

🟠 GWS

Cambridge McCormick (RUCK, $28,700) is on the bench. She was drafted with pick 84.

Fleur Davies (RUCK, $28,700) is the starting ruck. She was drafted with pick 64 and averaged 58 in the U18 Champs.

Jessica Doyle (FWD, $44,800) is at centre half forward. She averaged 27 in the AFLW last season.

Meghan Gaffney (FWD, $28,700) is on the bench. She was drafted with pick 66 and averaged 55.5 in the U18 Champs and 58.3 in the NAB League.

Tarni Evans (FWD, $45,600) is at half back. She averaged 29 in the AFLW last season.

Zarlie Goldsworthy (FWD, $28,700) is on the bench. She was drafted with pick 20 and averaged 70.3 in the U18 Champs and 110.8 in the NAB League.

πŸ¦‰Β Hawthorn πŸ†•

Ainslie Kemp (FWD, $28,700) is on the bench.

Bridie Hipwell (MID, $39,500) is on the half forward flank. She was drafted with pick 10 and averaged 64 in the U18 Champs and 63.3 in the NAB League.

Charlotte Baskaran (MID, $40,700) is on the ball. She was drafted with pick 9 and averaged 93.7 in the U18 Champs and 100.9 in the NAB League.

Dominique Carbone (MID, $28,700) is on the bench.

Eliza Shannon (DEF, $28,700) is on the bench.

Jasmine Fleming (MID, $49,100) is in the centre. She was drafted with pick 2 and averaged 85.5 in the U18 Champs and 98.7 in the NAB League.

Kate McCarthy (FWD, $40,600) is on the wing. She averaged 24 in the AFLW last season.

Lucy Wales (RUCK, $28,700) is the starting ruck. She was drafted with pick 22 and averaged 73.6 in the VFLW.

Mackenzie Eardley (DEF, $44,300) is at full back. She was drafted with pick 6 and averaged 58.7 in the U18 Champs and 73.4 in the NAB League.

Sophie Locke (FWD, $28,700) is at centre half forward.

Tahlia Fellows (FWD,Β $28,700) is on the bench.

Tamara Luke (RUCK, $29,800) is on the bench. She averaged 25.2 in the AFLW in 2021.

Tegan Cunningham (FWD, $46,700) is at full forward. She averaged 39.8 in the AFLW in 2021.

Zoe Barbakos (FWD, $28,700) is on the half forward flank.

😈 Melbourne

None.

🦘 North Melbourne

None.

🍐 Port Adelaide πŸ†•

Abbey Dowrick (MID, $28,700) is on the bench.

Ange Foley (DEF, $50,000) is at full back. She averaged 40 in the AFLW in 2021.

Cheyenne Hammond (DEF, $43,500) is at centre half back. She averaged 26 in the AFLW last season.

Elizabeth McGrath (RUCK, $28,700) is the starting ruck.

Hannah Ewings (FWD, $47,900) is on the half forward flank. She was drafted with pick 3 and averaged 90.7 in the U18 Champs and 84.9 in the SANFLW.

Indy Tahau (DEF, $31,600) is at full back. She averaged 19 in the AFLW last season.

Jade De Melo (FWD, $28,700) is on the bench.

Julia Teakle (FWD, $28,700) is at full forward.

Laquoiya Cockatoo-Motlap (FWD, $28,700) is on the half forward flank.

Litonya Cockatoo-Motlap (DEF, $28,700) is at half back.

Maggie Maclachlan (DEF, $43,700) is on the bench. She averaged 32 in the AFLW last season.

Sachi Syme (FWD, $28,700) is on the bench. She was drafted with pick 23 and averaged 79 in the U18 Champs and 68.2 in the SANFLW.

Sarah Goodwin (DEF, $43,100) is at half back. She was drafted with pick 7 and averaged 73.7 in the U18 Champs and 68.2 in the SANFLW.

🐯 Richmond

Beth Lynch (DEF, $39,400) is at centre half back. She averaged 23 in the AFLW last season.

Emelia Yassir (MID, $42,500) is on the half forward flank. She averaged 25 in the AFLW last season.

Libby Graham (DEF, $45,600) is at fullback. She averaged 31 in the AFLW last season.

Poppy Kelly (RUCK, $49,000) is on the bench. She averaged 29 in the AFLW last season.

Stella Reid (DEF, $31,500) is on the bench. She averaged 19 in the AFLW last season.

Stephanie Williams (DEF, $28,700) is at full back. She averaged 7.8 in the AFLW in 2021.

πŸ˜‡ St Kilda

Clara Fitzpatrick (RUCK, $45,900) is at centre half back.

J’Noemi Anderson (FWD, $32,300) is on the bench. She was drafted with pick 16 and averaged 72 in the U18 Champs.

Rebecca Ott (DEF, $34,300) is at full back. She averaged 20 in the AFLW last season.

🦒 Sydney πŸ†•

Alexia Hamilton (RUCK, $28,700) is at full back. She averaged 18 in the AFLW last season.

Aliesha Newman (FWD, $40,300) is on the half forward flank. She averaged 24 in the AFLW last season.

Bella Smith (FWD, $39,200) is at full forward. She averaged 26 in the AFLW last season.

Brenna Tarrant (DEF, $40,400) is at full back. She averaged 22 in the AFLW last season.

Bridie Kennedy (DEF, $28,700) is at centre half back.

Cynthia Hamilton (FWD, $38,300) is in the middle. She was drafted with pick 11 and averaged 84 in the U18 Champs.

Eliza Vale (DEF, $28,700) is at half back.

Ella Heads (MID, $28,700) is at half back.

Jaide Anthony (DEF,Β $28,700) is on the bench.

Lauren Szigeti (FWD, $28,700) is on the bench.

Molly Eastman (DEF, $28,700) is on the bench.

Montana Ham (MID, $50,300) is on the ball. She was drafted with pick 1 and averaged 96.7 in the U18 Champs and 94.9 in the NAB League.

Paige Sheppard (MID, $28,700) is on the bench.

Ruby Sargent-Wilson (MID, $28,700) is on the bench.

Sarah Dargan (MID, $37,000) is at full forward. She averaged 24 in the AFLW last season.

Sofia Hurley (MID, $45,500) is on the wing. She was drafted with pick 5 and averaged 92 in the U18 Champs and 112.3 in the NAB League.

πŸ¦…Β West Coast

Ella Roberts (FWD, $34,700) is on the wing. She was drafted with pick 14 and averaged 99.3 in the U18 Champs and 80.5 in the WAFLW.

Ella Smith (MID, $28,700) is at centre half back.

Emily Bennett (DEF, $44,600) is at half back. She averaged 30 in the AFLW last season.

Jessica Sedunary (MID, $29,000) is on the bench. She averaged 24.5 in the AFLW in 2021.

Kate Bartlett (FWD, $28,700) is at full forward.

Krstel Petrevski (FWD, $31,500) is at full forward. She averaged 23 in the AFLW last season.

Shanae Davison (FWD, $31,400) is on the bench. She averaged 20 in the AFLW last season.

Zoe Wakfer (DEF, $28,700) is at full back. She was drafted with pick 36 and averaged 50.9 in the WAFLW.

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Benjy is a Swannies supporter whose love of fantasy footy far exceeds his skill. Is a sixth year breakout on the cards? Follow on Twitter: @benjylat

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Baldrick's boys

    August 11, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks Benjy – looking to debut in the AFLW fantasy this season – so appreciate your great work there!

  2. Milney

    August 18, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Great stuff, Legend. Excellent breakdowns delivered with simplicity!

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