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Suns take Rowbottom first in AFLW draft

No.1 AFLW draft decide Charlie Rowbottom has shunned as much as eight golf equipment in her residence state of Victoria to move north and play for Gold Coast.

In an enormous coup for the battling Suns, the highly effective midfielder selected them and the enlargement membership had no hesitation in taking {the teenager} first in Tuesday evening’s digital draft.

Retaining expertise has been a difficulty for Gold Coast, and even reigning AFLW premiers the Brisbane Lions, with the semi-professional gamers having to juggle soccer with work and research.

The Suns are coming off a making an attempt second season within the competitors, the place they completed winless with a proportion of simply 36.

However Rowbottom, who’s the sister of Sydney Swans midfielder James, couldn’t be extra thrilled about shifting to south-east Queensland after nominating the Suns within the state-based draft pool.

“I have been out of faculty for a 12 months now, I completed Yr 12 in isolation (throughout 2020),” she mentioned.

“So when Gold Coast got here ahead and had a chat to me, I used to be actually eager.

“They made me actually excited to maneuver up there to the sunshine.

“It will be a little bit of a change, a shift in my life, but it surely’s all very thrilling.”

Rowbottom solely began taking part in soccer about six years in the past so her rise to prime of the 2021 draft class has been fast.

She has captained Oakleigh Chargers within the NAB League, and at 179cm tall, is severely tall for a midfielder.

Rowbottom says she has modelled her recreation on Collingwood star Chloe Molloy, who turned one of many AFLW’s most dominant gamers final season.

It was a bumper draft for the Suns, who had three picks inside the highest 10.

Gold Coast grabbed Teagan Levi from Bond College with decide six, in addition to Ashanti Bush.

Fellow strugglers Geelong additionally had a trio of early picks, drafting Georgie Prespakis, the sister of Carlton star and 2020 league best-and-fairest winner Madison, with their first choice.

AFLW DRAFT TOP-10

1. Charlie Rowbottom (Gold Coast)

2. Georgie Prespakis (Geelong)

3. Charlotte Thomas (West Coast)

4. Ella Pal (St Kilda)

5. Stella Reid (Richmond)

6. Teagan Levi (Gold Coast)

7. Zali Friswell (Geelong)

8. Ashanti Bush (Gold Coast)

9. Gabbi Featherston (Geelong)

10. Annie Lee (Carlton)

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