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Women’s jumper numbers announced

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 10: (L-R) Melbourne Demon players Melissa Hickey, Daisy Pearce and Deanna Berry pose with their new onfield and training apparel during the AFL Womens Apparel Launch at Kensington Collective in Melbourne, Australia on November 10, 2016. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 10: (L-R) Melbourne Demon players Melissa Hickey, Daisy Pearce and Deanna Berry pose with their new onfield and training apparel during the AFL Womens Apparel Launch at Kensington Collective in Melbourne, Australia on November 10, 2016. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

MELBOURNE has announced its jumper numbers for its 2017 women’s squad.

Marquee selection Daisy Pearce, who wore No.31 in the exhibition series from 2013-16, will wear No.6, which is the number she has worn for most of her playing career.

No.6 is also the new number for boom men’s recruit Jordan Lewis.

Melbourne’s other marquee pick Mel Hickey will wear No.18.

Free agent Meg Downie will don No.2 – the lowest number to be worn by a Melbourne women’s player next year.

Melbourne’s first pick in the recent NAB AFL Women’s Draft – Elise O’Dea – will don the No.5 guernsey.

No.44 will be the highest number for the women’s squad next year, which will be worn by Mia-Rae Clifford.

Number one, 12 and 17 are the only vacant numbers in the top 25.

Harriet Cordner will wear No.21 – made famous by her Brownlow Medal winning grandfather Don, who wore No.21 for Melbourne.

Jessica Anderson (No.28), Richelle Cranston (No.30), Cat Phillips (No.35), Ainslie Kemp (No.36) and Clifford are the other players to wear numbers higher than No.25.

2017 Melbourne women’s squad guernsey numbers

2 – Meg Downie

3 – Emma Humphries

4 – Karen Paxman

5 – Elise O’Dea

6 – Daisy Pearce

7 – Deanna Berry

8 – Sarah Lampard

9 – Alyssa Mifsud

10 – Sarah Jolly

11 – Laura Duryea

13 – Katherine Smith

14 – Lily Mithen

15 – Lauren Pearce

16 – Aliesha Newman

18 – Melissa Hickey

19 – Jasmine Grierson

20 – Shelley Scott

21 – Harriet Cordner

22 – Pepa Randall

23 – Stephanie De Bortoli

24 – Brooke Patterson

25 – Maddie Boyd

28 – Jessica Anderson

30 – Richelle Cranston

35 – Cat Phillips

36 – Ainslie Kemp

44 – Mia-Rae Clifford