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Pick-by-pick: AFL Women's draft

Stevens' emotional signing History was made as 19 women were selected by Collingwood in the inagural AFL Women's draft. Watch as No. 6 pick Nicola Stevens speaks to Collingwood Media.

19 female footballers from all over the country became teammates on Thursday as Collingwood completed it's inalgural AFL Women's team at the draft table.

Headed by defender Nicola Stevens (pick six), the Magpies added a range to talent to play alongside current players Moana Hope, Emma King, Meg Hutchins, Helen Roden and Kate Sheahan.

Each and every player selected in Thursday's draft is listed below. Training for the AFL Women's team will begin in November.

Pick 6 - Nicola Stevens  
Age: 23
Senior Club: Melbourne University
Position: Key defender
Coach Wayne Siekman says: We are absolutely delighted to select Nic with our first selection in the women's draft. She is the best defender in the draft and she can play multiple roles down there for us. She is a very damaging player off half back that will give us plenty of run and drive and also can play on a key forward and lock down. One of her biggest strengths is her ability to read the ball in the air and take intercept marks.
She says:


Pick 11 - Stephanie Chiocci
Age: 27
Senior Club: Diamond Creek
Position: Half back 
Coach Wayne Siekman says: She not only brings to the club a fantastic football brain and skills but an outstanding leader. She has been the Western Bulldogs’ women's captain for the last few years and she has not just shown her quality on the field as a running half back but also as a quality person in the media. She will no doubt be a player that many will look up too and I can't wait to start working with her.
Moana Hope and Emma King say:


Pick 22 - Sarah D'Arcy
Age: 25
Senior Club: Eastern Devils
Position: Half forward
Coach Wayne Siekman says: We were delighted to select Sarah with our 3rd selection in the draft. Sarah is a quality footballer and also a quality person. She possess and outstanding work rate and she competes time after time. She is your classic hit up forward that will keep presenting all day and has an incredible set of hands. A solid left foot kick that no doubt Mo and the other key forwards will enjoy leading at. She kicked 30 goals this season playing as a high half forward at her VFL club and she is the ideal selection for us especially with the rules looking like being 16 a side. Plenty of space for her to lead into and no doubt will be a great target for our back half to hit.
Moana Hope and Emma King say:


Pick 27 - Brittany Bonnici
Age: 19
Senior Club: St. Kilda Sharks
Position: Midfielder
Wayne Siekman says: We are stoked to be able to select Brit so early in the draft and gain the services of her for the black and white army. She is one of the best young talented midfielders in the game, her ability to win the footy and push from contest to contest is a big strength. She was the Victoria Metro Youth Girls premiership captain in 2015 and lead from the front in that National Carnival. Off the back of this championships she got drafted to Melbourne to play in last years exhibition match that was telecast in late 2015. This was a great achievement for an 18 year to be picked up. THis goes to show you how highly rated she was in the country last year. She will no doubt be a player that this club will watch and become a big fan of over the next 10 years. She also the ability to go forward and kick goals which adds more currency to her value.
Moana Hope and Emma King say:

 
Pick 38 - Bree White

Age: 34
Senior Club: VU Western Spurs
Position: Midfield
Wayne Siekman says: Bree was a very important selection for us. She has years of experience playing the game and has been a regular in the Melbourne team throughout the exhibition games. She will keep running and competing for us all day and will be someone that not doubt will be a leader in our midfield group.
Moana Hope and Emma King say:


Pick 43 - Caitlyn Edwards
Age: 20
Senior Club: East Fremantle
Position: Half back
Wayne Siekman says: Caitlyn was the first of our interstate players we drafted to the club. She comes from WA and is highly regarded by many. She is young and has already tasted AFL football by playing for the Western Bulldogs in 2015. She is an attacking defender with good pace, she also has the ability to go through the midfield or even play on as a dangerous small forward. We are wrapped to be able to get her with our sixth pick in the draft and she will no doubt learn plenty and work in beautifully with our strong back-half line.
Moana Hope and Emma King say:


Pick 54 - Alicia Eva
Age:
25
Senior Club: Melbourne University
Position: Half forward/midfield 
Wayne Siekman says: We are delighted to be able to pick up Alicia in the draft. She has been a regular player for Melbourne in the exhibition games, is a great reader of play and this helps her win the footy and know where to get to on the ground. With the likelyhood of 16-a-side she is going to be a massive assest to our side. When she has ball in hand she makes excellent decisions and draws team mates to the ball. Further to this, Alicia is one of the most highly rated young female coaches in the game and no doubt in 10 years time when she hangs up the boots for the black and white she will be a ready made AFL coach.
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Pick 59 - Amelia Barden
Age:
23
Senior Club: Diamond Valley
Position: Midfield
Wayne Siekman says: Amelia was a great selection for us in the draft. She is a strong-bodied midfielder that has no hesitation in putting her body on the line. She has great core strength and this is vital when playing as an inside midfielder. She is very tough and is the perfect team player. A leader in defensive acts at her club this year in the VFL and this fits perfectly into our squad.

Pick 70 - Stacey Livingstone
Age:
28
Senior Club:
Port Melbourne Colts
Position:
Forward
Wayne Siekman says: The club was extremely excited to be able to select Stacey with our ninth overall pick. A tall player, Stacey plays in a lower division in the Victoria Women's Football League for Port Melbourne as a ruck/forward. During her time in the state academy earlier this year she played down back and developed into a solid defender. She is rarely beaten one on one and has one of the longest kicks in the academy. She will no doubt play a key role for our club as a key defender and take some of the biggest names in the women's game. She loves a challenge and has always worked hard for everything she has done and no doubt will do the same for this club.

Pick 75 - Jessica Cameron
Age:
27
Senior Club:
Diamond Creek
Position: Forward
Wayne Siekman says: Jess is one of the best kicks in the women's game and she hit the scene in a big way when she played for Melbourne against Brisbane on the MCG this year in an exhibition match. She kicked a bag and put her name up in lights as a very talented footballer. She can win the ball in the air but also be dangerous on the ground, is very handy on both sides of the body which is an added bonus in the women's game at the moment. Jess is also a highly talented cricketer, playing for the Melbourne Stars in the Women's Big Bash League. We will work closely with the Stars to ensure that Jess will be able to perform at her best for both the Stars and the Pies this season.
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Pick 86 - Jasmine Garner
Age:
22
Senior Club:
St. Kilda Sharks
Position: Key forward
Wayne Siekman says: Jas is a player that has the most upside of any player in the draft. She is highly talented and arguably has the best set of hands in the women's VFL competition. She adds plenty of excitement to our club and if she can work hard and get her body to AFL standard, could be the most damaging centre half forward in the years to come. She plays at St Kilda with Moana Hope and there is no better forward combination than these two in the women's game. They both know each other's strengths and weakness, and no doubt Mo loves Jas kicking the ball to her. Jas still was able to kick 41 goals at centre half forward this year which is an outstanding effort considering she was playing in front of Mo. Collingwood fans should be excited to watch these two in action in 2017.
Moana Hope and Emma King say: 


Pick 91 - Emma Grant
Age:
27
Senior Club:
Bendigo
Position: Utility
Wayne Siekman says: We were very excited when we got the opportunity to select Emma with our 12th pick. She is the captain of the Bendigo Women's team and led a team who were undeafted until the very last game of the season. No only does Emma bring great leadership, but her football knowledge and reading of the play is something that will benefit this club in season one. She is a utilty player that can go anywhere. She has played all over the ground this year and is someone that we will be able to confidently call on to play the role that helps the team. 

Pick 102 - Penny Cula-Reid
Age:
28
Senior Club:
St. Kilda Sharks
Position: Small defender
Wayne Siekman says: Penny is another captain we have selected, having led the St Kilda Sharks in the VFL. Her leadership is something that is evident when you watch her play. She has played for Melbourne in the AFL exhibition games and is a small defender who has an excellent kick. She makes great decisions in the back half and will strengthen our back half of the ground. It is also important to know she has been a prominant figure in female footy, where she challenge junior football to have male and female competitions. A great person to have at our club!
Moana Hope and Emma King say:


Pick 107 - Lauren Tesoriero
Age: 29
Senior club:
Eastern Devils
Position: Midfield / Half forward
Wayne Siekman says: We were delighted to select Lauren in the second half of the draft as she is a player that will no only help our club but also our team. She is a strong-bodied midfielder that wins the contested football and uses the ball well. She has got a great self awareness of her game and this is something that has proven to us that she has the work ethic to become a quality AFL player. She sets high standards and is a perfect fit for this club.
Moana Hope and Emma King say: 


Pick 118 - Melissa Kuys
Age: 29
Senior club: Knox
Position: Midfield
Wayne Siekman says: We were very excited to be able to select Mel in the second half of the draft. She is the best player from her VFL side at Knox. Mel is a midfielder who works extremly hard and has got fantastic resilience. Her VFL side didn't have a great year but the way she kept fighting and working hard with little support in the midfield goes to show the never give up attitude she possess. A very good kick and I can't wait to see her working with a classy ruck and good midfielders around her. 
Moana Hope and Emma King say:


Pick 123 - Cecilia McIntosh
Age: 37
Senior club: Melbourne University
Position: Defender
Wayne Siekman says: We couldn't believe that Cecilia was still able to be taken with our 16th pick. She has played for Melbourne already in the AFL exhibition matches, including the recent game at the Whitten Oval. She brings to us an outstanding sporting background to go with her already amazing footy CV. She has represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games and won a Silver Medal in the Javelin and also competed in the Winter Olympics in the Bobsled. She is a tough and physical small defender who has competed extremely well, despite being undersized when playing on our marquee player Moana Hope. She is going to be a hard player match-up and will add significant value to our back half.
Moana Hope and Emma King say:


Pick 132 - Christina Bernardi
Age: 26
Senior club:
Diamond Creek
Position: Wing/half forward
Wayne Siekman says: Christina was another steal for us in the draft, when selected with our 17th pick. We were amazed that a player who has kicked over 30 goals this year at her VFL club as a small forward was still available to be selected. She has a great footy brain and an even better work ethic. This is evident in the way she pushes herself to improve and get better. She does more extras at her VFL club than most and will only improve more at Collingwood. She can play as a midfielder as well and has plenty of upside to her game.

Pick 137 - Ruby Schleicher
Age: 18
Senior club: East Fremantle
Position: Utility
Wayne Siekman says: Ruby was the second of our interstate selections. She is another girl from WA and is the youngest player we drafted. At 18, she has developed more than most had expected since the start of the year. She played in an WA Youth Girls team this year which made the Grand Final on the MCG. She then went back and got her opportunity to play senior women's football for her local club and her rise was incredible. Her last game of the year saw her be the starting ruck for East Fremantle in the Grand Final. This goes to show how quickly she has developed and more importantly her willingness to improve and become a better player. Our marquee, Emma King rates her as the next young up and coming ruck in the game and we can't wait to start working with her.
Moana Hope and Emma King say:


Pick 144 - Tara Morgan
Age: 27
Senior club: South Fremantle
Position: Defender
Wayne Siekman says: Our last selection in the women's draft was Tara. She is the last of the three interstate (WA) players we drafted. A key defender who rarely gets beaten one-on-one and if out of position will spoil effectively. She is another long kick of the football and is strong in the contest. She has played on many key forwards and big names from the West and beaten most. She is the captain of the South Fremantle side and also won their Best and Fairest in 2016. She has now completed our back half and I am pretty excited to add someone with this sort of background to our club that will not just play her role but be another leader in the group.
Moana Hope and Emma King say: