The 2018 NAB AFLW National Draft took place on Tuesday, with Geelong afforded the top two picks in the draft.
The Cats selected local talent Nina Morrison as this year’s dux of the Women’s draftee class.
The 17-year-old joins elite company in the likes of Greater Western Sydney midfielder Nicola Barr (2016), and Western Bulldogs forward Isabel Huntington (2017) in being first player picked in the draft’s short history.
Morrison and fellow midfielder Madison Prespakis, from the Calder Cannons, have transpired to be the country’s next best thing after tremendous 2018 campaigns.
Morrison’s club the Geelong Falcons become the TAC Cup premiers after beating the Northern Knights, in a season where she and Prespakis were crowned joint winners of the competition’s best and fairest award.
Both players were also rewarded for stellar seasons by being named in the AFLW Under 18 Championship team.
Players in the draft are allowed to select a state, or for Victoria a region such as – Melbourne metropolitan, Geelong or All Victoria, in which they’d like to be selected from.
With Prespakis’ decision to choose the metropolitan region, it meant Morrison became the heavy favourite backed to be the first player picked.
Geelong also had pick No.2 in the draft, and selected Greater Western Victoria Rebels player Sophie van de Heuvel, which meant Prespakis was then selected by Carlton with pick three.
Morrison explained to the media after the selection she is quite humbled to be the first player chosen.
“There’s been quite a bit of hype, so it’s nice to finally get it read out. It’s a massive honour and it’s super exciting,” Morrison said.
“It’s nice to stay close to home, which was one of the reasons it was pretty easy to tick the Geelong box.”
Cats coach Paul Hood said he couldn’t be happier to have selected Morrison first.
“She brings a fantastic mix of football skills, athleticism and terrific values to her football game and we look forward to developing her for the next few years,” Hood said.
Elsewhere, Fremantle used their first pick in the draft to select Jasmin Stewart, while Collingwood used pick No.5 to select Jordyn Allen.
Tyla Hanks was selected by Melbourne with pick No.6, as Geelong had their third pick within the first round to select Rebecca Webster.
The GWS Giants rounded out the first round picks by selecting Alyce Parker from the Thurgoona Bulldogs.
Below is the full list of draftee’s in the first round selections:
1 Geelong: Nina Morrison (Geelong Falcons, VIC)
2 Geelong: Sophie Van De Huevel (GWV Rebels, VIC)
3 Carlton: Madison Prespakis (Calder Cannons, VIC)
4 Fremantle: Jasmin Stewart (Claremont, WA)
5 Collingwood: Jordyn Allen (Dandenong Stingrays, VIC)
6 Melbourne: Tyla Hanks (Gippsland Power, VIC)
7 Geelong: Rebecca Webster (Murray Bushrangers, VIC)
8 Adelaide: Nikki Gore (South Adelaide, SA)
9 Brisbane: Paige Parker (Coorparoo, QLD)
10 Western Bulldogs: Eleanor Brown (Sandringham Dragons, VIC)
11 Collingwood: Katie Lynch (Oakleigh Chargers, VIC)
12 Greater Western Sydney: Alyce Parker (Thurgoona Bulldogs, NSW)