Dock­ers pick up Stewart in draft

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport -

THE Fre­man­tle Dock­ers women’s team has again turned to lo­cal tal­ent in the 2018 AFLW draft.

The Dock­ers had pick 4 in the draft and used it to re­cruit 2016 WAWFL Rookie of the Year and 2018 Clare­mont Best and Fairest win­ner Jas­min Stewart.

With pick 17, Fre­man­tle opted for WA U18 cap­tain and Peel Thun­der­bird Sabreena Duffy, while they used pick 28 to draft East Fre­man­tle’s Philipa Seth.

Su­bi­aco’s Court­ney Stubbs, Clare­mont’s Par­ris Lau­rie and West Perth’s Laura Pugh were drafted with picks 39, 50 and 59 re­spec­tively.

A third Clare­mont prod­uct in Matilda Sergeant will also play for the Dock­ers af­ter be­ing taken with pick 64, while Ebony Dow­son will join Peel team­mate Duffy af­ter she was drafted with pick 66.

Fre­man­tle Dock­ers AFLW man­ager Darryn Fry said they had added versa- tility to their lineup with the new re­cruits.

“We’re re­ally happy with the play­ers we’ve been able to add to the squad,” he said.

“We’ve brought in some ver­sa­til­ity, which is crit­i­cal in an AFLW pro­gram.

“Ver­sa­til­ity has cer­tainly been at the fore­front of our dis­cus­sion, while also look­ing at get­ting the best tal­ent.

“Each player pro­vides a spe­cific skill set and at the same time we’re re­ally con- fi­dent we’re bring­ing out­stand­ing peo­ple into the or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

WA play­ers mak­ing their way in­ter­state for the com­pe­ti­tion in­clude Peel’s Kate Bartlett, who scored 22 goals in 14 games and will play for the West­ern Bull­dogs next year and Su­bi­aco gun Mcken­zie Dowrick, who was drafted to Bris­bane.

This year’s num­ber 1 draft pick was Nina Mor­ri­son, who was se­lected by Gee­long.

Lo­cal tal­ent has been added to the women’s Fre­man­tle Dock­ers.

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