Pos Midfielder/forward Ht 175cm, DOB 30/12/03 From GWV Rebels/Vic Country
A versatile prospect who's a taller midfielder and can also play as a third key up forward. Friend has a nice left boot, is a powerful contested mark and makes good choices with ball in hand. A member of the NAB AFLW Academy, she is one of the youngest in the draft crop, making eligibility by just two days.
Pos Forward/midfielder Ht 170cm, DOB 22/10/03 From Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country
Hailing from the Mornington Peninsula, Richards is a versatile prospect who's more than comfortable pushing up the ground. She's a tough customer with good defensive traits who can also hit the scoreboard. A neat mark with quick hands at the contest, Richards was co-captain at Dandenong this year.
I can't help but think that there was better quality available in the top 25 than we currently have on our list, missed a chance to load up. Lots of club lists look stronger going into next season, I'm not confident that ours does. Well, if we go backwards next season at least we'll have the last of the early draft picks before the new clubs enter the comp!
I'm no expert, but consensus was that Rowbottom and Prespakis were the standout top 2 in VIC, throw a blanket over the rest.
There is concern over Prespakis being a flight risk though to Essendon when they enter AFLW. I wouldn't put it past Carlton to try and sign her also to join her sister. Would be tough to compete with clubs like Blues & Bombers throwing cars & jobs at these semi-professional athletes.