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AFLW: Adelaide’s 2018 draft wrap

Adelaide has added a string of promising talent to its list, including another former Australian basketball star, after the 2018 AFL Women’s Draft on Tuesday.

With its first-round selection, the Club called SANFLW Rising Star Nikki Gore at pick No. 8.

Gore, aged 17, joins the Crows with a long list of accolades, including selection in the AFL Academy, the 2018 All-Australian squad and the 2018 SANFLW Team of the Year.

In 2018, she led the SANFLW competition in average disposals per game, collecting 19.5 touches per outing though her eight minor round games.

Following a breakout year in the SANFLW, Adelaide selected former Opal Jessica Foley with pick No. 30.

The 35-year-old will once again line-up alongside former Adelaide Lightning teammate Erin Phillips when she joins the side in 2019.

Her rapid rise in the SANFLW this year saw the 183cm ruck named in the League’s Team of the Year and recognised with the 2018 Coaches Trophy.

At pick No. 37, Adelaide chose comeback kid Chloe Scheer

The 19-year-old was on track to be drafted in 2017 before rupturing her ACL late in the season.

Before her injury, Scheer took out the Under-18 best and fairest medal as well as the senior award, the SAWFL’s equivalent of the Magarey Medal, at just 16 years of age.

In 2017, she was a SANFLW Star Search nominee and won her third Narelle Smith Medal, awarded to the Adelaide Football League’s best and fairest.

SA local Katelyn Rosenzweig (No. 41) and Northern Territory-based Danielle Ponter (No. 48) were also chosen by the Crows.

Eighteen-year-old Rosenzweig joins Adelaide after taking out the 2018 SANFLW Leading Goalkicker Award as a 17-year-old.

The utility, from Tanunda in Adelaide’s north, was a 2018 SANFLW Star Search nominee and member of the 2018 All-Australian squad.

Rosenzweig, along with Gore and Scheer, already have a connection to the Club, as alumni from the Crows Girls High-Performance Academy.

Ponter debuted for her Northern Territory Football League club St Mary's as an 11-year-old and won the best and fairest award that season.

A 171cm forward/midfielder who went on to represent the Central Allies at the Under-18 National Championships, Ponter was also selected in the AFL Academy.

The 18-year-old niece of Essendon great Michael Long, Ponter played VFLW for the Bombers in 2018 and finished top three in the goalkicking from six games.

Adelaide’s final selection was 21-year-old Hannah Martin, with pick No. 51.

Martin joins the Club from West Adelaide after winning the 2018 SANFLW best and fairest award.

She was also chosen in the SANFLW Team of the Year after averaging 15 disposals.

Prior to the draft, Adelaide strengthened its midfield when it gained former Giant Renee Forth and ex-Blue Sophie Li as off-season recruits.

The Club also signed Gaelic footballer Ailish Considine and SA netballer Maisie Nankivell as pre-signed rookies.

Crows General Manager of Football Administration Phil Harper said the Club was pleased to be able to nurture some SA and NT junior talent in Gore, Scheer, Rosenzweig and Ponter, as well as provide opportunities to standout mature-age SANFLW performers, Foley and Martin.

“With experienced midfielders, Renee Forth and Sophie Li, and our rookies, Maisie Nankivell and Ailish Considine, also joining the Club in the offseason we feel we’ve added a nice mix of players and position-types that will complement our squad,” he said.

“Importantly, our 10 new players are not just talented – they are also good characters who will buy into our culture and help us to improve as a Club.

“We’re excited to finalise our playing list and we know our entire squad can’t wait for pre-season to start.”

2018 Drafted AFLW Crows players and current state
Pick No.8 – Nikki Gore (SA)
Pick No.30 – Jessica Foley (SA)
Pick No.37 – Chloe Scheer (SA)
Pick No.41 – Katelyn Rosenzweig (SA)
Pick No.48 – Danielle Ponter (NT)
Pick No.51 – Hannah Martin (SA)

2018 NAB AFL Women’s Draft First Round
Pick No.1 – Geelong: Nina Morrison (Geelong Falcons, VIC)
Pick No.2 – Geelong: Sophie Van De Huevel (GWV Rebels, VIC)
Pick No.3 – Carlton: Madison Prespakis (Calder Cannons, VIC)
Pick No.4 – Fremantle: Jasmin Stewart (Claremont, WA)
Pick No.5 – Collingwood: Jordyn Allen (Dandenong Stingrays, VIC)
Pick No.6 – Melbourne: Tyla Hanks (Gippsland Power, VIC)
Pick No.7 – Geelong: Rebecca Webster (Murray Bushrangers, VIC)
Pick No.8 – Adelaide: Nikki Gore (South Adelaide, SA)
Pick No. 9 - Brisbane: Paige Parker (Coorparoo, QLD)
Pick No. 10 - Western Bulldogs: Eleanor Brown (Sandringham Dragons, VIC)
Pick No. 11 - Collingwood: Katie Lynch (Oakleigh Chargers, VIC)
Pick No. 12 - GWS: Alyce Parker (Thurgoona Bulldogs, NSW)

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