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Tegan Cunningham
Date of birth: 23/01/1988
Height: 186cm
Origin: Basketball
Position: Key forward
Player number: 1

Former basketballer with over 150 WNBL games for four Australian clubs and US college experience. At 186 cms and highly competitive, she's earmarked for a key forward role.

Draft history: 2017 AFL Women's Draft selection No.22

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Meg Downie
Date of birth:
03/01/1989
Height: 176cm
Club of origin: St Kilda Sharks (VIC)
Position: Key defender
Player number: 2

Dogged by injury the past two seasons. Hamstring tendonitis interrupted 2016, but she recovered in time for a full AFLW pre-season before being sidelined again with concussion and another hamstring ailment from the rd 2 game against Collingwood.

Draft history: 2016 free agent selection (Melbourne)

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Emma Humphries

Date of birth: 27/07/95
Height: 164cm
Club of origin: Burnie Dockers (TAS)
Position: Midfielder
Player number: 3

Reliable on the wing and forward who returned to Tasmania to play during the off-season. Recorded a strong PB in the pre-season time trial to utilise that pace to run and bounce to take on an opponent.

Draft history: 2016 AFL Women's Draft 8th round selection (Melbourne) No.57 overall

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Karen Paxman
Date of birth:
25/11/88
Height: 170cm
Club of origin: Darebin Falcons (VIC)
Preferred position: Midfielder
Player number: 4

An elite four-quarter midfielder with an exceptional work rate at training and game-day. Sets the standard as one of the best endurance runners in the competition. Highly competitive in the midfield and half-back.
Player honours: All-Australian selection, Melbourne best and fairest runner-up

Draft history: 2016 priority selection (Melbourne)

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Elise O'Dea

Date of birth: 04/09/91
Height: 172cm
Club of origin: Darebin Falcons (VIC)
Position: Midfielder
Player number: 5

Tough and efficient at the inside contests as an integral member of the Demons' midfield unit. Steady improvement since moving from Canberra four years ago and no surprise to be named All-Australian.

Player honours: All-Australian selection, Melbourne best and fairest third place
Draft history: 2016 AFL Women's Draft 1st round selection (Melbourne) No.8 overall

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Daisy Pearce
Date of birth:
27/05/88
Height: 170cm
Club of origin: Darebin Falcons (VIC)
Position: Midfielder
Player number: 6

AFLW best captain award for 2017 season emphasised her leadership qualities. Elite midfielder with quick decision-making and efficiency by hand and foot, she averaged mid-20s for possessions during the season and compiled a near career-best 37 disposals in the end of season State of Origin game.

Player honours: Melbourne best and fairest winner, All-Australian captain, AFLPA Best Captain award
Draft history: 2016 marquee selection (Melbourne)

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Bianca Jakobsson
Date of birth: 30/03/1993
Height: 174cm
Club of origin: Cranbourne (VIC)/Carlton
Position: Key forward
Player number:

First-picked Victorian in the inaugural 2016 draft despite an ACL injury three years earlier. Played all seven games with the Blues last season and Demons will utilise her marking strength up forward.

Previous AFLW club: Carlton
Draft history: 2016 AFL Women's Draft 1st round selection (Carlton) No.3 overall

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Sarah Lampard
Date of birth:
 07/07/97
Height: 170cm
Club of origin: VU Western Spurs (VIC)
Position: Medium Defender
Player number: 8

Provides run off half-back with athleticism and endurance and she's poised for a strong AFLW season after a solid winter at VFL level, finishing runner-up in her club's best and fairest award.

Draft history: 2016 AFL Women's Draft 17th round selection (Melbourne) No.134 overall

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Alyssa Mifsud
Date of birth:
22/12/94
Height: 184cm
Club of origin: VU Western Spurs (VIC)
Position: Key forward
Player number: 9

An exciting, young prospect who has completed just her second year in senior ranks. Clean hands and one of the strongest players who can use that physicality in the midfield contests or to kick a timely goal.

Draft history: 2016 AFL Women's Draft 5th round selection (Melbourne) No.40 overall

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Kate Hore
Date of birth: 25/03/1995
Height: 170cm
Club of origin: St Kilda Sharks (VIC)
Position: Medium forward
Player number: 10

Multi-talented with a basketball background, she developed quickly with VFLW team St Kilda Sharks last winter before taking a European trip after completing a double degree. Upgraded to the player list prior to the last draft.

Draft history: 2017 pre-listed rookie

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Laura Duryea
Date of birth:
14/12/83
Height: 176cm
Club of origin: Diamond Creek (VIC)
Position: Key defender
Player number: 11

A reliable defender who provides height in the backline. Hard at the contest and has pace. Selection in the All-Australian squad was a measure of her consistency throughout the first AFLW campaign.

Draft history: 2016 free agent selection (Melbourne)

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Shelley Scott
Date of birth:
16/03/88
Height: 176cm
Recruited from: VU Western Spurs (VIC)
Position: Medium defender/forward
Player number: 12

Super competitive and reliable either forward or on the wing. Will probably be sent back more this season to stiffen the defence. A former champion netballer from Geelong and dairy farmer in the Western District.

Player honours:
Play Like a Demon club award
Draft history:
2016 AFL Women's Draft 6th round selection (Melbourne) No.41 overall

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Katherine Smith

Date of birth: 28/09/97
Height: 164cm
Club of origin: Eastern Devils (VIC)
Position: Small defender
Player number: 13

Talented defender who picked up opposition small and quick forwards. Smart reader of the play and the captain of the 2016 Vic Metro Girls team brought those skills, leadership and decision-making to the backline set-up.

Draft history: 2016 AFL Women's Draft 7th round selection (Melbourne) No.56 overall


Lily Mithen 

Date of birth: 02/03/98
Height: 159cm
Club of origin: North Geelong (VIC)
Position: Midfielder
Player number: 14

Courageous midfielder despite her stature who has superb skills. At 18 years and seven months, the youngest player in the first AFLW draft continues to develop as a critical link player on the wing.

Draft history: 2016 AFL Women's Draft 10th round selection (Melbourne) No.73 overall

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Lauren Pearce

Date of birth: 12/01/93
Height: 184cm
Club of origin: Darebin Falcons (VIC)
Position: Ruck
Player number: 15
 
Carried most of the ruck duties for the entire season and was No.1 for the Demons in most valued stats, such as intercept marks. A quick learner with a basketball background who will appreciate back-up from new arrival Erin Hoare.

Draft history: 2016 AFL Women's Draft 4th round selection (Melbourne) No.25 overall

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Aliesha Newman
Date of birth:
16/05/95
Height: 158cm
Origin: Soccer
Position: Small forward
Player number: 16

A quick, dangerous forward despite lacking experience and broke into the team late in the AFLW season. Played primary and secondary school football until a switch to soccer. A strong athletics background and represented her state in cross country and track and field.

Draft history: 2016 free agent selection (Melbourne)

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Ashleigh Guest
Date of birth: 10/04/1990
Height: 168cm
Club of origin: VU Western Spurs (VIC)/GWS Giants
Position: Midfielder
Player number:17

Played all seven games with GWS Giants in 2017 AFLW season after representing the Demons in two exhibition games the previous year. A hard-running, left-footer who can rebound from half-back and the wing.

Previous AFLW club: GWS Giants
Draft history: 2016 AFL Women's Draft 2nd round selection (GWS) No.16 overall

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Melissa Hickey
Date of birth:
18/12/84
Height: 172cm
Club of origin: Darebin Falcons (VIC)
Position: Defender
Player number: 18

Damaging with daring run and rebound out of defence and through the midfield to create an offensive play. Capped a solid season with All-Australian honours. Related to Geelong great Reg Hickey.

Player honours: All-Australian selection
Draft history: 2016 marquee selection (Melbourne)

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Jasmine Grierson
Date of birth:
16/05/98
Height: 171cm
Club of origin: Cranbourne (VIC)
Position: Medium defender/forward
Player number: 19
 
Has the distinction as Melbourne's first goalscorer in the AFLW before reverting to a rebound defender's role that earned selection in the All-Australian squad. A local product from the Demons' Casey heartland and one to watch this season.

Draft history: 2016 AFL Women's Draft 18th round selection (Melbourne) No.135 overall

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Claudia Whitfort

Date of birth: 31/07/1999
Height: 171cm
Origin: Athletics/Life Saving/Netball
Position: Medium defender
Player number: 20

State squad netballer and represented Victoria in lifesaving competitions, in particular beach sprints and beach flags events. Also a state rep in athletics and development coaches will work with her speed and endurance base.

Draft history: 2017 AFL Women's Draft selection No.30

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Harriet Cordner
Date of birth:
22/07/92
Height: 177cm
Origin: Soccer
Position: Key defender
Player number: 21

Key defender who can take a turn in the ruck. A soccer convert, she impressed with ball skills and athleticism during a national talent search and later Melbourne's testing. Late grandfather Don won the 1946 Brownlow Medal and she's the third generation Cordner to play for the Demons.

Draft history: 2016 rookie selection (Melbourne)

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Maddy Guerin
Date of birth: 25/10/1999
Height: 172cm
Club of origin: Northern Knights (VIC)
Position: Midfielder
Player number: 22

Super-athletic youngster with depth on her kicking and made rapid advances last year. Attended Katie Brennan-Mel Hickey performance camp that gave an insight into her self-starter attributes.

Draft history: 2017 AFL Women's Draft selection No.14

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Brooke Patterson
Date of birth:
11/10/89
Height: 172cm
Club of origin: Darebin Falcons (VIC)
Position: Medium defender
Player number: 24

Medium size defender who uses the basketball background to read the play and intercept. The Tasmanian possesses a never-quit attitude for the contest to create a turnover for her team.

Draft history: 2016 AFL Women's Draft 13th round selection (Melbourne) No.104 overall

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Maddie Shevlin
Date of birth:
21/09/1997
Height:
174cm
Club of origin:
Gungahlin Jets (ACT)
Position:
Medium defender/forward
Player number:
25

Identified at a club talent search camp. Previously in the GWS Giants academy, the 174 cms athlete is versatile and was named in the ACT's 2017 Team of the Year.

Draft history: 2017 AFL Women's Rookie Draft selection No.13

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Eden Zanker
Date of birth: 11/11/1999
Height: 183cm
Club of origin: Bendigo Pioneers (VIC)
Position: Key forward
Player number: 29

Key forward who excelled after a short break from football. She was All-Australian and one of the leading goalkickers in the Under 18 championships despite missing one game. From Natya, a town that has only three families in residence, 400 kms north-west of Melbourne.

Draft history: 2017 AFL Women's Draft selection No.6

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Richelle ‘Rocky’ Cranston

Date of birth: 25/09/89
Height: 171cm
Club of origin: Geelong Magpies (VIC)
Position: Midfielder
Player number: 30

Nicknamed Rocky, she was prominent with her strength and attack on the ball and ball-carrier through the midfield. Can also play forward and even pinch-hit in the ruck to give versatility. Never shirks a contest with her gridiron background.

Draft history: 2016 AFL Women's Draft 3rd round selection (Melbourne) No.24 overall

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Cat Phillips
Date of birth: 
13/10/91
Height: 175cm
Club of origin: Melbourne University (VIC)
Position: Midfielder
Player number: 35

Blessed with speed and endurance and kicked a couple of crucial goals to help set up the win against the Magpies. Has made an impressive transition to football after representing Australia in Ultimate Frisbee.

Draft history: 2016 rookie selection (Melbourne)

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Ainslie Kemp
Date of birth:
18/03/97
Height: 170cm
Club of origin: VU Western Spurs (VIC)
Position: Medium forward
Player number: 36

A dangerous high half-forward with good hands. Strong overhead and is well-rounded with her skills. Turns 21 in March and still has a huge upside for further development.

Draft history: 2016 AFL Women's Draft 11th round selection (Melbourne) No.88 overall

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Anna Teague
Date of birth: 8/12/1987
Height: 174cm
Origin: Geelong Cats (VIC)
Position: Key defender
Player number: 40

A teacher by profession, she made a sucessful transition in 2017 from an experienced basketballer to a reliable key defender and backline leader with Geelong's VFLW team.

Draft history: 2017 AFL Women's Rookie Draft selection No.6

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Erin Hoare

Date of birth: 17/07/1989
Height: 194cm
Club of origin: Geelong Cats (VIC)
Position: Ruck
Player number: 46

Elite netballer with Melbourne Vixens and NSW Swifts before concentrating on her studies in 2016. Successful sports transition in the ruck for Geelong's VFLW team last year and, at 194 cms, she will be the tallest player in the 2018 AFLW competition.

Draft history: 2017 pre-listed rookie