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Pies finalise AFLW list

The captain introduces our new recruit Collingwood's AFLW captain Steph Chiocci interviews Chloe Molloy, Darcy Guttridge and Iilish Ross after the 2017 AFLW National Draft.

Collingwood has finalised its 2018 AFL Women’s list after securing 18-year-old Holly Whitford in the Rookie Draft on Friday afternoon.

The versatile midfielder/ forward was taken at pick No.4 after playing in the VFLW competition for Cranbourne this year.

AFL Women’s coach Wayne Siekman said Whitford will be a welcome addition to the Pies’ forward line in 2018.

“Holly has the ability to be a dangerous small forward and despite her height she isn’t afraid to throw her body around,” Siekman said.

“We’re excited to have Holly join our forward line with the likes of Sarah D’Arcy, Moana Hope, Jasmine Garner and the recently drafted Chloe Molloy.”

Holly Whitford has been added to Collingwood's AFLW rookie list for 2018,

Whitford joins former volley baller Eliza Hynes and Hockeyroo Georgie Parker on the Pies’ 2018 Rookie List.

Collingwood’s primary AFLW list will feature 27 players with 20 of these retained from the inaugural season while Jaimee Lambert crossed over from the Western Bulldogs during the trade period and a further six were added in Tuesday’s draft.

“We’re pleased that our new recruits give us a great skill balance over the ground,” Siekman said.

“We’ve added three forwards in Chloe Molloy, Holly Whitford and Sarah Dargan, as well as Lambert to the midfield and we’ve boosted our defence stocks by drafting Iilish Ross, Ash Brazill and Darcy Guttridge.

“These additions plus the talent we’ve retained from the 2017 season give us a lot of reason to be excited for the upcoming competition.”

2018 AFL Women’s playing list
Amelia Barden
Christina Bernardi
Brittany Bonnici
Ash Brazill
Sophie Casey
Stephanie Chiocci
Sarah D’Arcy
Sarah Dargan
Jessica Duffin (nee Cameron)
Caitlyn Edwards
Jasmine Garner
Darcy Guttridge
Emma Grant
Moana Hope
Meg Hutchins
Eliza Hynes*
Emma King
Melissa Kuys
Jaimee Lambert
Stacey Livingstone
Cecilia McIntosh
Chloe Molloy
Tara Morgan
Georgie Parker*
Iilish Ross
Ruby Schleicher
Kristy Stratton
Lauren Tesoriero
Bree White
Holly Whitford*