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Dees claims Pearce with No. 1 Draft pick

Matt Burgan  May 16, 2013 8:52 AM

Daisy Pearce Interview DeeTV speaks to Daisy Pearce who was the first selection in the inaugural Women's AFL Draft

BRILLIANT midfielder Daisy Pearce has created history by becoming the first female footballer drafted, after Melbourne selected her with the first pick in the inaugural AFL Women’s Draft on Wednesday night at the MCG.

Melbourne coach Michelle Cowan called out Pearce, who plays for Darebin Falcons, after the Demons won the coin toss in the lead-up to the meeting.

Stephanie Chiocci was the first Bulldog to be selected, when their coach Peta Searle claimed her with their first pick at No.2.

The teams then alternated picks to claim their respective squad of 25 players.

AFL Commissioner Linda Dessau announced the top 10 players. Fifty players will be selected from more than 200 nominees.

Peta Searle will attend the inaugural AFL Women’s Draft in Melbourne, while Michelle Cowan will be in Perth.

Pearce is a five time premiership player, premiership captain, league best and fairest winner, All Australian and has also been best on ground in a Grand Final.

A silky skilled midfielder, she is an experienced player for the Darebin Falcons. She is a good mark, and can also play down back.

The Demons selected Western Australian Chelsea Randall with their second pick – No. 3 overall.

She is a multiple league best and fairest winner, All Australian and state player. Randall is a tall, quick centre half-forward, who can also play in the midfield.

Kara Donnellan, nicknamed Juddy after Carlton superstar Chris Judd, was claimed at No. 5 by the Dees.

A former Victorian, she now plays for Swan Districts in Western Australia.

She is a premiership player and an All Australian. Donnellan is a dashing half-back with outstanding skills. She is very good on both sides of the body.

With Melbourne’s fourth pick, it selected another Sandgroper, Kirby Bentley.

The indigenous Bentley, who supports Melbourne, is an explosive player out of the packs. An All Australian, she won the Debbie Lee Medal in the 2011 national championships. She is a midfielder, capable of playing up forward.

Another Demon supporter, Lou Wotton, was Melbourne’s fifth pick in the Draft. She was chosen at No. 9 overall.

Wotton, who won the 2012 league best and fairest, has played 150 matches in the Victorian Women’s Football League. Playing in the ruck, she has good foot skills, is agile and can run all day.

Melbourne also selected Aaron Davey’s sister Bronwyn with its final pick in the Draft at No.49.

Davey hails from Greenacres in South Australia.

The inaugural AFL women’s exhibition game will be played as a curtain-raiser on the MCG during AFL Women’s Round on Saturday June 29, before the round 14 clash between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. It will be the first time AFL clubs have competed in an AFL sanctioned women’s match.