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AFLW Draft: Full Wrap

Father and Daughter Paul Brown talks to his daughter Millie after being selected by the Geelong Cats.

Geelong has completed its AFLW list at today’s AFLW Draft, adding six players for season 2020.

Millie Brown (selection 11, Father/Daughter)

Millie Brown was officially selected by Geelong today, becoming the first ever father-daughter selection in club history. Millie is the daughter of ex-Cat Paul Brown who played 84 games for Geelong between 1990 and 1999. Millie, 18, has enjoyed a successful year on-field in 2019, captain of the Murray Bushrangers and co-captain of the Victoria Country side, she played three games with the club’s VFLW team including an elimination final.  A key defender, Millie was named full back in the 2019 All Australian team as well as the 2019 NAB League Team of the Year after averaging 21 disposals across her seven matches. A powerful kick, Millie’s composure under pressure and her decision-making abilities are amongst her strengths. A natural leader, Millie is also school captain at Shepparton’s Notre Dame College.

 

Gemma Wright (selection 34)

Gemma Wright joins the Cats from Carlton VFLW. The 25-year-old began with Keilor in 2017 after a junior basketball career. Wright helped Keilor to the 2017 Western Region & Essendon District premiership that year. In 2019, Wright made the move to Carlton’s VFLW side. Known as a dependable defender, Wright’s aerial ability is one of her key strengths. Playing 14 games with the Blues in 2019, Wright won Carlton’s VFLW Best & Fairest and Best First Year Player Award. A twin, Gemma’s sister Sarah was selected at pick 32 by North Melbourne in today’s AFLW draft.

 

Nicole Garner (selection 50)

Nicole Garner joins Geelong from the Casey Demons VFLW. Garner grew up in Sale, and with limited football opportunities, turned to a baseball career. Garner began her football career with the Gippsland Galaxy in 2016, and enjoyed a successful season including a Premiership and Best & Fairest for her work as an inside midfielder. Garner moved to Cranbourne VFLW in 2017 and in 2018, earned a spot on the Casey Demons VFLW list, missing most of the season through injury. In 2019, the 27-year-old moved from Sale to Melbourne with her focus set on football before being voted Casey Demons co-captain by her teammates and enjoying a strong year on-field.

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'Hey guys it's Nicole' 🔵⚪️ We've selected Nicole Garner at 50th overall. #HerStoryOurFuture #WeAreGeelong

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Mia Skinner (selection 65)

Mia Skinner joins the club from the Geelong Falcons. A Torquay local, Skinner’s football journey has seen her take a local football pathway which included time with the Geelong Falcons, Victoria Country, Geelong VFLW and the Torquay Tigers. The 18-year-old forward played one VFLW game with Geelong in 2019 and was awarded the 2019 Geelong Falcons Most Consistent player. Skinner enjoyed a successful 2019 NAB League, playing nine games with an average of 14 disposals and four tackles. Skinner kicked 19 goals for the year, taking our the 2019 NAB League Leading Goalkicker.

 

Amy McDonald (selection 80)

Amy McDonald became an AFLW player today, after Geelong selected her at pick 80. McDonald has been a Geelong VFLW player for the past two seasons, after time with the Greater Western Victoria Rebels and the Redan Lions. A member of the 2018 Geelong VFLW Grand Final team, McDonald was a training player with Geelong’s AFLW side in their maiden season in 2019. The 21-year-old admits the experience of and AFLW program was the key motivator for further football opportunity.  Playing off the wing and half back, McDonald enjoyed a strong 2019 season, averaging 17 disposals across her 14 games. McDonald, a member of Geelong’s VFLW player leadership group, she was named in the VFLW Team of the Year, a VFLW Rising Star nominee and placed third in the Geelong VFLW best & fairest.  

 

Madisen Maguire (selection 98)

A story of perseverance, 23-year-old Maguire has been a member of the Cats’ VFLW program for two seasons. After a hand injury impeded her 2018 season, Maguire was overlooked for the AFLW draft. A move from the midfield to the forward line was the challenge she needed, and she successfully took her game to the next level this year. Geelong’s VFLW leading goalkicker, Maguire kicked11 goals across 15 games, averaging 10 disposals and five tackles. The half-forward placed fourth in the Cats VFLW best & fairest. One of the club’s first female players to run out in the blue and white hoops, Maguire was a member of the Geelong’s first ever VFLW game in 2017 at GMHBA Stadium. Maguire has previously played with the North Geelong Magpies and Grovedale Tigers.

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And that’s a wrap 🎬 Madisen Maguire rounds out our 2019 draft selections #HerStoryOurFuture #WeAreGeelong

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