Collingwood has added five Magpies to the nest as the 2020 AFL Women's Draft was held in an online format on Tuesday night.
The selection of the five draftees confirms the Magpies' squad of 30 for its 2021 season.
Here’s all you need to know about the Pies' draftees.
Tarni Brown – Pick 19
Daughter of Collingwood legend Gavin Brown, Tarni is selected as the club’s first father-daugther pick. She also joins her brothers Callum and Tyler who currently play for the club’s AFL side.
Tarni spent two seasons playing for the Eastern Ranges in the NAB League Girls competition and this year was awarded a position in the side’s leadership group. While the 18-year-old is predominantly a midfielder, she has the ability to play up forward. She arrives at the Holden Centre with a strong basketball background and is known for her speed and great agility that allows her to have clear hands out of the stoppages. Brown is already familiar with the Pies’ AFLW Squad having been given the opportunity to train with the group earlier this year as a member of the 2020 AFLW academy.
Amelia Velardo – Pick 25
The 18-year-old has spent most of her life playing high-level competitive basketball with the Keilor Thunder in the Big V Competition but made the move over to footy this year joining the Western Jets. Standing at 176cm tall, Velardo is a small ruck but also has the ability to play in the midfield. Her strongest attributes are the use her hands particularly around the stoppages and her movement around the ball.
Welcome, Amelia ???? pic.twitter.com/IYamIJ3UnZ— Collingwood AFLW (@CollingwoodAFLW) October 6, 2020
Joanna Lin – Pick 26
Being drafted to the Pies was a dream come true for the Collingwood supporter. As an avid basketball player, Lin also swapped over to footy last year after being encouraged by her friends to give it a go. She then went on to join the Oakleigh Chargers where she polled the highest votes for her club in the league’s best and fairest. With the Pies recognising her talent early on, Lin was also given the opportunity to train with the Pies’ AFLW squad earlier this year. The 162cm midfielder is known for her endurance, reliability and exceptional coverage across the ground.
Abbi Moloney – Pick 31
Coming from the Sandringham Dragons, Moloney will be a strong addition to the Pies’ forward line in 2021. She was an eligible father-daugther pick for the Western Bulldogs with her Dad, Troy playing 36 games for the Dogs. Troy has played a key role in her football journey having coached her first team at the East Malvern Knights when she was just four-years-old. Moloney’s greatest assets is her mobility, strong hands and goal kicking abilities. She stands tall, is fierce and applies great forward pressure.
Bella Smith – Pick 33
Picked up as a free agent, Smith will arrive at the Holden Centre after three seasons with Norwood in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). Originally from Cleve on the Eyre Peninsula, she’s also played for the Central Allies, the representative team for South Australia and the Northern Territory at the 2019 AFLW Under 18 Championships.
More recently, she showed exciting signs of what’s to come having run out for Team Marinoff in the SANFLW All-Stars match. She’s predominately a rebounding defender but can also be used as a utility with the ability to play up forward. Her greatest strengths are her strong hands and a booming left foot. Smith has also represented her home state in cricket making the Under 18 side in 2019.
Over in South Australia, Steve Symonds has presented Bella Smith with her stripes. ? pic.twitter.com/2OZvmna7nk— Collingwood AFLW (@CollingwoodAFLW) October 7, 2020