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MELBOURNE youngster Brenna Tarrant is set to request a trade to New South Wales.

Womens.afl understands Tarrant has asked the Demons if she can return to her home state ahead of next season, with expansion side Sydney the early frontrunners to secure her signature.

Tarrant, 20, has played 15 games and made three finals appearances for Melbourne across the last three seasons, but wasn't part of the Demons' team that ultimately qualified for their first ever AFLW Grand Final last weekend.

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Full nameBrenna Tarrant
Date of birth3 November 2001 (age 20)
Original team(s)East Coast Eagles (Sydney AFL)
DraftNo. 72, 2019 national draft
DebutRound 5, 2020, Melbourne
vs. West Coast, at Casey Fields
Height174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s)Utility
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Current clubMelbourne
Number20
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
2020–Melbourne12 (1)

 

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Giant exodus: Third GWS player expected to sign with Sydney

LISA Steane has become the third Giant to tell the club that she will be looking to join Sydney through expansion this off season.

Midfielder Steane has played 19 games over three seasons at GWS, including nine this year.

Beginning her AFLW career playing off half back for the Giants in 2020, Steane has been used in a variety of roles by the club since.

Steane joins Rebecca Privitelli in requesting a move to the expansion side, while it's understood young ruck Ally Morphett will also cross to the Swans.
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(L-R): Greater Western Sydney's Lisa Steane, Katherine Smith and Rebecca Privitelli wear the team's 2022 AFLW Pride Round guernsey. Picture: GWS
 

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Members of the QBE Sydney Swans Academy's Open squad and Futures Squad will play in the elite series which runs from May to July.
The Opens squad features the Academy's best female players aged from 18 to 21, while the Futures squad is a development group made up of talented 16 and 17-year-old girls.
The Opens will play a five-game series against teams from the Northern Territory, Tasmania and the GWS Giants.
Four of the five games will be played at the iconic North Sydney Oval and Swans fans are encouraged to get along to watch the next generation of emerging and draft age talent in action.
The Futures Squad will take part in three games against the Giants. Younger developing Academy players will also have the chance to push for selection in those games.
Both teams will train twice a week from May to July at North Sydney Oval under the scrutiny of Swans coaches.

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This one contains a bit more info - almost word for word but not quiet.



FEMALE WINTER SERIES 2022 FIXTURE

Sunday May 15

Opens v Tasmania, 11am, North Sydney Oval

Saturday May 28
Futures v Giants, 11am, Manuka Oval, Canberra
Opens v Giants, 1.30pm, Manuka Oval, Canberra

Sunday June 5
Opens v NT, Time TBC, North Sydney Oval

Saturday June 11
Futures v Giants, 11am, North Sydney Oval
Opens v Giants, 1.30pm, North Sydney Oval

Sunday June 26
Futures v Giants, Time TBC, North Sydney Oval
Opens v Giants, Time TBC, North Sydney Oval
 

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Aspiring AFLW players will get their chance to stake their claim for a spot on the senior list when the Female Winter Series kicks off this weekend at North Sydney Oval


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Sunday 11 AM NT Thunder v Tasmania


Sunday 1:15 Pm Swans v GWS
 

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AFLW Draft nomination zones for New South Wales and South Australia appear unlikely, despite the introduction of Sydney and Port Adelaide to the NAB AFLW competition.

Upon Gold Coast's entry in 2020, both it and Brisbane brought a joint proposal to the AFL to introduce three zones in the already state-based draft – Gold Coast, Brisbane and Queensland as a whole – to assist part-time players.
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Things are a little trickier in New South Wales this year.

The majority of top talent in the state will be coming from GWS' regional academy zone, and players from those regions (e.g. Canberra and the Riverina) will have to move to Sydney regardless of whether the Swans or Giants draft them.

Understandably, the Giants are keen to have some sort of return on their investment in their academy – especially given last year's first pick Ally Morphett has requested a move to the Swans - while Sydney will benefit more from a single draft pool in its inaugural list build.
 

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Scott Gowans said on Thursday that 18 players have committed to sign at this stage (we know of 16 for sure, including Bella Smith most recently), and that "we have a pretty exciting announcement coming up in the next week, we think, with a marquee."

It won't be Nat Grider or Orla O'Dwyer though, despite reports of them considering offers, as both have decided to stay at Brisbane.

Why the frown? As the article correctly points out, for the foreseeable future, the Swans will be the team that benefits from it.
 

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Scott Gowans said on Thursday that 18 players have committed to sign at this stage (we know of 16 for sure, including Bella Smith most recently), and that "we have a pretty exciting announcement coming up in the next week, we think, with a marquee."

It won't be Nat Grider or Orla O'Dwyer though, despite reports of them considering offers, as both have decided to stay at Brisbane.


Why the frown? As the article correctly points out, for the foreseeable future, the Swans will be the team that benefits from it.

I thought, after our final draft signings, there would be higher number of NSW girls in our team.
Essentially AFLW players are part-time (given the undecided length of the season) that it would be easier to live in your home state offseason (such as retaining a part-time occupation).
 

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Young Magpie flies the coop, ...​

YOUNG Collingwood tall Bella Smith is set to sign with Sydney
TOTAL GAMES 10
DOB 20 September 2001
DEBUT 2021
DRAFT Other
RECRUITED FROM Norwood (SANFLW)

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.
 

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Note: Privitelli has signed up with Sydney Swans
TEAM LIST - Swans Academy v Giants Academy, North Sydney Oval
1:15pm - Sunday May 15.


1. Brooke Bailey
2. Hannah Cerezo
3. Freya Taylor
4. Kyla Tracey
5. Olivia Cameron
6. April Devine
7. Olivia Edwards
8. Summer Hall
9. Maddy Hendrie
10. Dakota Mason
11. Hannah Woolf
12. Lisa Steane
13. Roxy Beuzevill
14. Madeline Convery
15. Nellie Hicks
16. Emily Newton
17. Sophie Phillips
18. Asha Turner-Funk
19. Rebecca Privitelli
31. Kate Reynolds
32. Jayme Saggers
Coach: Baker Denneman
Team Manager: Oriane Villiers
 

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COLLINGWOOD has confirmed three changes to its AFLW list.

Forward Bella Smith will take up an opportunity at an expansion club, reported to be Sydney by womens.afl earlier this month. Smith has a connection with the Pies' former assistant coach Scott Gowans who has taken the reins at the Swans.
 

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North Melbourne ruck Lexi Hamilton is set to land at Sydney
Is this GWS or Sydney Swans?

YOUNG North Melbourne ruck Lexi Hamilton is set to land at Sydney.

The Canberra product will be at her third club, having played one game for Gold Coast in 2020 before signing with the Kangaroos as an injury-replacement player this year.

The 21-year-old (whose full first name is Alexia) impressed for the Roos at VFLW level, and played two AFLW games in 2022.

Younger sister Cynthia, a midfielder, is set to be a top draftee in the NSW pool this year.

"Although Lexi has only been with us for a short time, her work-ethic and attitude this season were terrific, and will no doubt hold her in great stead in the AFLW moving forward," North Melbourne AFLW football performance and list manager Rhys Harwood said.

"With increased levels of player movement, we understand Lexi’s decision to pursues another opportunity, and thank her for her service to North Melbourne."
 

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Top 5 trades in AFLW
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5. Brooke Lochland (Sydney from Western Bulldogs) A Bulldogs premiership player and most recently their vice-captain, Brooke Lochland holds the record for the most goals in a game, with seven majors in the 2018 Pride game against Carlton.On that incredible day, she booted all seven goals in just 40 minutes.
As a result, most think of Lochland as a forward, able to put points on the scoreboard with ease. But Lochland's value to the Swans will likely come from elsewhere on the ground.

Indeed, after the magical 2018 season in which she was named All-Australian and led the league goal kicking (with 12 majors on their path to a flag), Lochland has kicked just three goals in another four seasons with the Bulldogs.

In 2021, she was deployed largely on the wing, using her speed to drive the ball forward, and ranking elite for metres gained, marks and turnovers.

She also applied heavy pressure when in the forward line, ranking elite for tackles inside 50.

2022, however, was a less productive season for Lochland, with the Bulldogs forced to shuffle the magnets after a particularly trying season punctuated by COVID-19 outs and a range of other scheduling and personnel challenges.

After being decimated by the first round of expansion (post the 2018 premiership), the Dogs will now have to contend with losing another one of their fan favourites, who joins the likes of best and fairest winner Emma Kearney, former captain Katie Brennan, star midfielder Monique Conti, former number one draft pick Izzy Huntington and forward Bonnie Toogood in leaving the kennel.

"It is a bittersweet feeling to be moving clubs, but I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life in Sydney with a great job opportunity and the chance to build a life for myself post-football," Lochland told the Western Bulldogs club website.

In Lochland, the Swans can look forward to someone who will be competitive around the contest, and supplement their top-end talent as she did in the red, blue and white over six years of AFLW.

Renowned for her off-field preparation, she'll also bring leadership credentials, and help drive standards forward for the young team.
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Building a team from the bottom up.
"Our strategy was to target the best 20 athletes that we could find in the country and try and almost put together a premiership team from the start," Gowans said of his time at the Kangaroos.
"But what that meant was the bottom end of the list - and no disrespect to the girls that that made up the 21 to 30 spots - probably suffered a little bit.
"Because you had so much talent on the list, [younger players] really didn't get the opportunity to develop, so then they fall away, go to other clubs, drop off the list, and then you're just replacing them."
Taking that knowledge north, Gowans and Mahony have looked more broadly at the list build, finding a more even spread of talent that can be developed together, rather than a host of players who will hit the ground running, potentially leaving other players behind.

"I think that this list, it was the other way, I thought I'd do it in reverse. Basically, built from bottom up, get a really good core of athletes that perhaps have missed multiple drafts, players who have been delisted, maybe not had enough opportunity for game time, because they've been at good sides," Gowans explained.
 

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