Dane Rampe – Sydney Swans
A mature-age success story, Rampe took his game to another level in 2016 to become one of the best medium defenders in the competition. Ranked second in the League for rebound 50s, Rampe was rarely beaten one-on-one and was justly rewarded with his first All-Australian selection. The Sydney local thrived after being elevated to the Swans’ leadership group and will take on more responsibility as one of three vice-captains in 2017.
Jordan Foote – Sydney Swans
Took a huge step in his career by breaking into the senior side for the Round 18 clash with Carlton at the SCG. He held his own, collecting 14 disposals and laying four tackles. He took that experience back to the reserves level and continued an incredibly consistent season. The tenacious midfielder was rewarded with a spot in the NEAFL Team of the Year, after averaging 26 disposals and seven tackles a game, before being elevated to the senior list permanently.
Despite the Sydney Swans’ midfield depth, Foote will draw confidence from another big pre-season and the fact Tom Mitchell’s exit opens the door for an inside midfielder like himself.
Ben Davis – Adelaide Crows
Adelaide pounced on Davis with pick No.75 at the 2016 National Draft when the talented teen slipped through to the Club’s final pick on draft night. A clean ball-user with electric pace, Davis is the younger brother of former Sydney Swan Abe and was an inaugural member of the Swans’ Academy squad.
Originally from the UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs, the speedy utility represented NSW/ACT and the Allies at the Under-18 National Championships and booted 10 goals in the Rams’ unbeaten Division Two campaign, including two bags of four goals against Northern Territory and Tasmania.
Maddy Collier – GWS Giants
At just 21, Maddy Collier made history as the first NSW/ACT player to be selected for the GIANTS’ women’s team. Originally from Nowra, Collier burst onto the local football scene when she won the AFL Sydney Women’s Premier Division Best and Fairest Award in 2013 at just 18.
The AFL NSW/ACT Development Officer made her debut for the Western Bulldogs in the 2016 Women’s Exhibition match.
Rebecca Beeson – GWS Giants
19-year-old Rebecca Beeson hails from the UNSW-ES Stingrays in Sydney. Known for her smarts, Beeson is a half-forward who at only 19, she stepped up her game again in the last half of 2016. A great football brain, good skills and can take a great overhead mark.
One to watch in 2017. Beeson was drafted at pick 32 in the inaugural AFLW Draft.
Jacinda Barclay – GWS Giants
Jacinda Barclay has represented Australia in women’s baseball and most recently was playing American Football (LFL) for the Chicago Bliss where she led them to the championship. Having played a number of sports, the advent of the inaugural AFL Women’s competition was an opportunity that Barclay was not going to miss out on. Jacinda Barclay was drafted with pick 65 from the UNSW-ES Stingrays.