AFL Women's Team of the Future - 2020
The 2020 NAB AFL Women's Draft has given us many promising names to look out for during 2021 and beyond. However, there are still members of the 2019 and 2018 draft classes that we believe still have plenty to offer in the years that follow.
These range from debutants that we still believe have plenty more to offer despite having solid first-seasons--to promising draftees that we didn't get to see in action this year because of injuries or because they were a part of a squad that was tough break into.
To make sure we highlight some of the competitions young hidden-gems; we have ruled out any young guns that were a part of the AFLW's 22 under 22 team.
Scroll down to see the full team sheet, plus a small breakdown of the named squad.
Captain: Mikayla Bowen
Vice-Captain: Mia King
We made sure that each of the AFLW sides were represented by at least one player--but the Adelaide Crows lead the way with four named players. The rest of the team is very even as Melbourne, Geelong, Fremantle, Brisbane, Gold Coast and St Kilda are all next in line with two named players each.
We have selected Mikayla Bowen as the Captain of our 2020 AFLW Team of the Future. The West Coast young gun and former MVP of the Western Australian U18s team enjoyed a consistent debut season that saw her average ten touches and five tackles a match.
The Vice-Captaincy belongs to Tasmania's favourite daughter and North Melbourne youngster, Mia King. The U18 All Australian also enjoyed a consistent first-season during which she averaged nine disposals and four tackles a match.
Calling our future star forward line home is an U18 All Australian from the Adelaide Crows, Madison Newman who averaged eight touches and two marks a match. Madison is joined by fellow West Adelaide draftee turned Adelaide Crow Chelsea Biddell who booted three goals during six matches for the Crows.
Joining them up forward is a duo of Lions, which includes an aerial-threat and new Lion recruit in Taylor Smith--as well as a talented small forward and former Captain of the Queensland U18s, Lily Postlethwaite. The latter of which averaged a reliable seven disposals, three tackles and two marks a match during her debut season.
The final spot in our forward line goes to a hidden back and yellow gem in the form of Richmond key forward and developing ruck, Cleo Saxon-Jones. Despite not making her debut this year due to injury, her strong marking, thumping kick and good height make her a promising player going forwards.
Two of our leaders make up our fast-paced and tough midfield, with North Melbourne's Mia King joined by West Coast's Mikayla Bowen. With the two being potential future stars for their respective teams.
In between our Captain and Vice-Captain is one of the pioneer youngsters in South Australian football, Nikki Gore. As the Crows first pick in the 2018 NAB AFLW Draft, Nikki's 2020 season was her best yet as the midfielder collected an average of seven disposals and six tackles a match. Most impressive was the fact that her tackle count was the second highest in the Crows' side, narrowly beating Hatchard's and behind that of only Marinoff's.
A young gun duo of Suns are named at half back of our team, which includes a graduate of the AFLW Academy and the 2019 Queensland U18 MVP, Ellie Hampson--as well as a first-round selection and talented rebound defender in Serene Watson.
Ellie enjoyed a consistent season which saw her average nine disposals, four tackles and two rebound 50s a match. Likewise, Serene was also a reliable performer as she averaged nine disposals, two tackles and two rebound 50s a match this year.
Also named at half back is a Melbourne Demon that is very versatile to say the least. Brenna Tarrant was a 2019 U18 All Australian defender who also recently racked up 17 goals in the AFL Sydney Women's Premier Division with East Coast. Making her debut in Round Five of this year, she was a late comer to the Demons side but she consistently played her role and held onto her spot for the remainder of the season.
A fellow East Coast Eagle player also calls our back line home in the form of GWS Giant Georgia Garnett. While the dashing defender didn't make her debut this season, her accolades are too good to pass over as she was a consistent performer for the NSW/ACT Rams and was a member of the 2019 AFLW Academy Squad.
The final spot in our defence goes to the first ever Geelong first father-daughter draftee, Millie Brown. The key defender is the daughter of former Geelong Cat, Paul Brown--but even without this historic connection her resume is impressive to say the least. She was a 2019 U18 All Australian defender as well as a former Captain of the Murray Bushrangers and Co-Captain of Vic Country.
Fremantle's Mim Strom fills our ruck role following the Western Australian's promising and exciting debut season which saw her average 16 hit outs a match. This exciting U18 All Australian is joined by fellow Freo teammate, Bianca Webb who is an inside midfielder that will only continue to improve as she gains more experience.
The final spot amongst our follows belongs to St Kilda's Nicola Xenos. Possessing good endurance, quick pace and the ability to play on ball or in defence, she averaged nine touches and four tackles a match this season.
The first name within our rotations is the former second round draft pick who had a standout season after missing last year's draft due to injury. As a graduate of the AFLW Academy, St Kilda's Tarni White averaged eight touches, three marks and two tackles a match during 2020.
Despite not making her debut this season, Mia Skinner is a Geelong forward that posses plenty of X factor. She was the Leading Goalkicker in the NAB League during 2019, a season that also saw her get awarded the Falcons' Most Consistent Player award.
Charlotte Hammans was signed as an U18 Academy Selection by the Gold Coast Suns. Now this former NAB AFLW Academy has since moved to the blue and white--and she will take her impressive marking skills with her.
Also named in the rotations is a player that this season averaged double the amount of deposals as last year, and we are sure Collingwood's Mikala Cann still has plenty more to offer. A former second round pick by the Magpies, this quickly developing player also averaged three tackles and two marks this season.
Amongst our emergencies is perhaps the steal of the 2019 AFLW NAB Draft, Hannah Munyard. The fast-paced South Australian was picked up as a free agent by the Western Bulldogs and went onto average seven touches, two tackles and two marks a match--and has now moved back home to the Crows for the 2021 season.
A former Western Bulldog teammate of Hannah's is also in amount our emergencies. Isabella Grant is the daughter of Bulldog great, Chris Grant. As the first ever Bulldogs' father-daughter player, she previously represented Victoria Metro and was named in the NAB League Team of the Year.
The final spot in our 2020 AFLW Team of the Year belongs to a Melbourne Demon that hails from Halls Creek, Krstel Petrevski. A fifth round selection by the Demons, this promising midfield/forward made her debut in their nail-biting semi-final win this year.
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