MELBOURNE has added another chapter to its rich history with the selection of its first father-daughter pick.
Georgia Campbell, the daughter of former Demon and Bulldog Adrian, will join the club for the 2021/22 NAB AFL Women’s campaign after Melbourne matched opposition bids on Thursday.
The pick that the Demons will use to secure Campbell will be revealed at the 2021 NAB AFL Women’s Draft on Tuesday, July 27.
Having been a dual-club prospect – Adrian played 30 senior games for the Western Bulldogs and ran out twice for the Demons – Melbourne AFLW list manager Todd Patterson said Campbell’s selection marked a significant occasion.
“For our club to finally, after six drafts, be in a position to make a father-daughter selection is very exciting and we’re really proud to be welcoming Georgia to the club,” he told Melbourne Media.
“While it’s a special moment for us, it’s even more so for Georgia and the Campbell family.
“Georgia is undoubtedly one of the most exciting athletic prospects in the 2021 draft pool.
“For her to choose our program to commence her career is a great endorsement of her experience with the club to date and how she has seen others develop under our coaching staff.”
Campbell, who plays predominantly in the ruck and up forward, will join the Dees after an impressive 2021 season for the Eastern Ranges.
Standing at 182cm, she was considered one of the premier talls of the competition, with her craft and athleticism setting her apart.
Already having an extensive sporting background – Campbell was part of the Vic Metro team and also represented the state at high jump – she is an exciting youngster, who assimilates into Melbourne’s recruiting strategy.
“A key part of finishing off this two-year period for us was securing Georgia’s services as a first-round talent, without having that pick to give up,” Patterson said.
“To be able to bring in established talent and still secure this calibre of player, who would have been called out at the front end, balances our list nicely.
“We will make two further selections at the Draft to round out our group, who are eager to get back to work in September.
“With our AFLW program re-starting and the men’s side commencing finals, it is sure to be an exciting time for the club.”
The 2021 NAB AFL Women’s Draft will be held virtually on Tuesday night, with coverage commencing from 6.45pm AEST on womens.afl and the AFLW Official App.