THE NAB 2021 AFLW Draft saw four new Game Changers land at IKON Park.
GM of Women's Football Brett Munro was particularly excited post-draft, noting this was a very important day to the recruiting team.
"I woke up and said to my family ‘it’s Christmas day for recruiting’, and it feels that way," Munro said.
"You feel really pleased to have an impact on a whole family to make a dream come true."
While the Club is unable to guess every pick that will go ahead of them, Munro was confident that they had the right scenarios in place to secure the picks they wanted in the draft.
"Clubs are very good at holding information back and not sharing exactly what they need," he said.
"In the scenarios that we had in place, it fell into one of those, so we’re really pleased."
Carlton had picks Nos.10, 11, 23 and 26 in the national draft, choosing to pass on their last pick (No.39).
Extremely happy with the crop they selected, here's what Munro had to say on each of the new draftees.
Pick No.10: Annie Lee
"Annie Lee is an intercept half back. She reads the cues of the ball coming into the opposition’s forward line really well. She knows when to peel off and impact the footy and knows when to defend.
"On the counterattack, she gets involved, she reads it really quickly and uses her speed to get into space and give us some creativity to move the ball forward of our defence. She’s an outstanding talent, she’s had a really good season."
Pick No.11: Keeley Sherar
"Keeley is an exciting talent. She’s quick, she’s an elite netballer. She showed with Eastern this year that she can play inside and outside mid, she has a really good turn of foot, she’s got a really good step and she’s very creative.
"She’s going to be a good player for a long time and we’re excited to have her on board."
Pick No.23: Brooke Vickers
"Brooke’s had an outstanding year for Oakleigh, playing in a premiership team, part of their success. She plays various different positions, so really versatile, can play wing, half forward or half back.
"She runs really good patterns, she attacks the ball in a strong manner and she kicks the ball really long. There’s lots of good traits there that we’ll see in the Navy Blue jumper."
Pick No.26: Imogen Milford
"Imogen has worked terribly hard over a long period of time to get this opportunity. We’re really pleased to give her that opportunity. She’s played VFLW for Richmond and for Casey Demons and at 21 years of age has realised her dream to make an AFLW list.
"She hits the scoreboard, she’s a really athletic forward, she’s 182cm, good size and can play as a key but is probably better when she’s moving around the ground and using her run."
Munro added that there was one specific trait that they were looking for that all four of their draftees have in abundance.
"All the links they have, they all cover the ground really well, good athletes, good footballers and they’re really going to bring a lot of positivity to our team and hopefully take us the extra yard."