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AFLW Draft: Meet the new Magpies

AFLW draft: Chloe Molloy Watch the junior highlights of Chloe Molloy, selected with pick No. 3 in the 2017 AFL Women's Draft.

Collingwood has added six new players to its list for the 2018 AFL Women's season.

The AFL Women's Draft was held at 12pm on Wednesday in Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Learn more about each selection and get to know the new names and faces that will be representing the Black and White stripes in 2018.

Selection No. 3 - Chloe Molloy
Born: 6 December 1998
Height: 172cm
Position: Forward
Recruited from: Diamond Creek/ Calder U18

The story so far
Molloy was the TAC Cup Girls leading goal kicker who finished the season with a plethora of awards as the VFLW Rising Star as well as a joint winner of the TAC Cup Girls best-and-fairest and 2017 VFLW goal kicking awards. Selected to be part of the Team of the Year in both the TAC Cup Girls and VFLW competitions.

Coach Wayne Siekman says
"This young lady had an amazing first year of football in the TAC Cup, winning the league’s Best and Fairest. She also won the VFLW league goal kicking award and was runner up in the best-and-fairest at Diamond Creek. The niece of former Collingwood player Jarrod Molloy, Chloe is powerful, has an extremely strong pair of hands and is such an accurate kick."

Click here to watch Molloy's junior highlights now.

Selection No. 9 - Darcy Guttridge
Born: 30 October 1999
Height: 171cm
Position: Defender/ midfielder
Recruited from: Cranbourne/ Gippsland U18

The story so far
An elite talent who stood out at the Under-18 national championships for Vic Country and lead from the front as captain. Will provide class, run and ball winning ability to any list. Named All Australian U18 Captain and a member of the 2017 TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year in 2017.

Coach Wayne Siekman says
Darcy brings leadership to the club after being Vic Country and All-Australian captain in 2017. She sets a strong example with the way she plays and she is very physical. She doesn’t take a step back, reads the game so well and is a solid left foot kick.

Click here to watch Guttridge's highlights now.

Selection No. 13 - Iilish Ross
Born: 21 June 1998
Height: 169cm
Position: Defender
Recruited from: Wodonga/ Murray U18

The story so far
A medium defender who uses the ball well on her preferred left foot and shows dash from defence. A strong performer in the 2017 State of Origin match with five rebound 50s. Selected for the 2017 TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year.

Coach Wayne Siekman says
"We haven’t seen too many young ladies be able to read the game and position themselves as well as Iilish does. As a pure defender, she backs herself and rarely gets beaten one-on-one. This 18-year-old has exceptional speed and a solid left foot. She’s also a quality young lady and will complement our playing list."

Selection No. 20 - Sarah Dargan
Age: 18
Position: Forward
Recruited from: Pascoe Vale/ Calder U18

Coach Wayne Siekman says
Sarah is a very talented and consistent player who has represented Vic Metro for the last three years. As a forward, she is clean off the ground, has a good change of pace and knows where the goals are.

Selection No. 21 - Kristy Stratton
Age: 22
Position: Midfield
Recruited from: Box Hill

Coach Wayne Siekman says
Formerly a long jumper, Kristy turned to football after a serious knee injury. I have no doubt she is the best player in the draft over 20 years old. Not only is she a quality inside mid who can also play on the outside, she’s also a player who loves the contest and rarely drops an overhead mark.

Photo provided courtesy of the Box Hill Hawks and Kadek Thatcher Photography.

Click here to watch Stratton's highlights now.

Selection No. 35 - Ashleigh Brazill
Born: 29 December 1989
Height: 175cm
Recruited from: Collingwood Magpies Netball

Coach Wayne Siekman says
Currently a Collingwood Netball player, Ash is an elite athlete with proven knowledge of being a professional. She has an amazing pair of hands, and in tight she is very clean and makes excellent decisions. Ash last played football three years ago in Perth and was electrifying to watch. She’ll be an exciting dual-sport athlete for the club.

AFLW Magpies partner with Optus
Collingwood AFLW is excited to announce Optus as the major partner of its program for the next three years.

Optus are renowned for their support of women’s sport and are an advocate for the emergence of professional women’s sports.

The Optus logo will proudly feature on the Collingwood AFLW polo shirts, match signage and website.