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AFLW: Pies pocket early picks

Molloy humbled by B&F win Watch as Chloe Molloy accepts her Best and Fairest award after being judged Collingwood's most outstanding player in the 2018 AFL Women's season.

Collingwood has strengthened its hand at the 2018 National AFL Women's Draft with the club boasting five of the first 20 national draft picks.

On the final day of the trade period, Collingwood has nabbed three additional selections for the October draft in exchange for Christina Bernardi and Amelia Barden.

The club landed picks 11 and 19 as part of a five-club deal in exchange for 27-year-old forward Bernardi who will head to Greater Western Sydney for the 2019 season.

A three-way deal has also seen the club receive pick No. 32 as Barden was traded to Carlton.

The former Diamond Creek players, Bernardi and Barden, arrived at Collingwood via the inaugural AFLW draft and each played 14 games for the club.

Collingwood will now enter the draft with picks No. 5, No. 11, No. 13, No. 18 and No. 19 in the first two rounds, as well as picks No. 29, No. 32 and No. 51.

Collingwood Performance and Strategy Manager Marcus Wagner said receiving the additional three selections is a major boost for the program.

“We entered the trade period with an eye on the future and a plan to set ourselves up to secure some of the best young talent in the country through the 2018 draft,” Wagner said.

“By receiving five early picks in the National Draft, we feel we’re giving ourselves the best opportunity for sustained success.

“While we look forward to entering the draft with a strong hand, it does mean we say goodbye to foundation players Christina and Millie, whose contribution has been much appreciated in the team’s formative years.”

An additional 11 Pies have put pen to paper, committing to the club for the 2019 AFLW season.

Ash Brazill, Kristy Stratton and Darcy Guttridge complete the re-signings of the club’s 2017 draft class.

“We invested in the draft in 2017 and are thrilled to have all of our draftees re-sign with the club after seeing some really positive performances from them earlier in the year,” Wagner said.

Former Hockeyroo Georgie Parker and Australian Volleyballer Eliza Hynes have been elevated to the club’s senior list, having played two games each in 2018.

Foundation players Melissa Kuys, Sarah D’Arcy, Emma Grant, Brittany Bonnici and Ruby Schleicher will enter their third season with the Pies alongside former Western Bulldog Jaimee Lambert.

Brittany Bonnici and Chloe Molloy will be key parts of Collingwood's 2019 AFL Women's campaign.

Caitlyn Edwards has chosen to retire from women’s football to pursue her rugby career.

“With an additional four teams next season, we planned to collect as many early picks as possible in the hope of securing some exciting young players to complement the existing talent on our list,” Wagner said.

“By acquiring the early picks, adding the emerging young talent in Nicole Hildebrand and re-signing our own players, we’re confident that we’ll strike a balance of talent, experience and skill in our list.”

Collingwood will enter the next phase of the AFLW list management process with 20 players on its senior list.

Collingwood’s AFL Women’s List
Brittany Bonnici
Ash Brazill
Sophie Casey
Stephanie Chiocci
Sarah D’Arcy
Sarah Dargan
Emma Grant
Darcy Guttridge
Nicole Hildebrand
Eliza Hynes
Melissa Kuys
Jaimee Lambert
Stacey Livingstone
Cecilia McIntosh
Chloe Molloy
Georgie Parker
Iilish Ross
Ruby Schleicher
Kristy Stratton
Holly Whitford
As of 4 June 2018