Seven Queenslanders named in Women’s Draft

Seven Queenslanders have been selected in the inaugural AFL Women’s Draft.

The Melbourne and Western Bulldogs Football Clubs selected 50 players that will play in the inaugural AFL Women’s Exhibition game during AFL Women’s Round on Saturday June 29 at the MCG. It will be the first time AFL clubs have competed in an AFL sanctioned women’s match.

Aasta O’Connor, Katie Brennan, Kate Lutkins, Ally Anderson, Emily Bates and Natalie Thomas were selected by the Western Bulldogs.

Aasta O’Connor was the fourth player to be picked, and the first Queensland player to secure a place with the Bulldogs.

Former Australian soccer international and #20 pick Natalie Thomas said she is excited at the prospect of playing AFL at such a competitive level.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to play against such a high calibre of players, and also to play at the MCG,” said Thomas.

Leah Kaslar was the sole Queensland player selected by Melbourne.

“I love playing football because I love the competitive and physical side of it,” said Kaslar.

All states except Tasmania have players competing in the Women’s match next month.

Players will fly to Melbourne on June 25 to begin training.

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