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Devon Smith

Devon Smith

Height:
176cm
Weight:
77kg
Recruited from:
Lara (Vic)/Geelong U18
Debut:
2012
Games:
99
Goals:
93

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SELECTION: AFL Women's Draft, pick 65
STATE: NSW
CLUB: UNSW-ES Stingrays
JUMPER NUMBER: 34

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. 

SELECTION: AFL Women's Draft, pick 1
STATE: NSW
CLUB: Sydney University Bombers
JUMPER NUMBER: 8

Nicola Barr joined the GIANTS as the number one draft pick in the inaugural AFL Women’s Draft. Barr comes from Sydney’s North Shore and first tasted AFL when a high school teacher put together a team of impressive athletes to take part in a school championship. Barr hasn’t looked back, falling in love with the game and being named the 2016 Mostyn Medalist as the Best & Fairest player in the AFL Sydney competition. Away from football, Barr is studying Medical Science at Sydney University (for whom she also plays). 

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SELECTION: AFL Women's Draft, pick 32
STATE: NSW
CLUB: UNSW-ES Stingrays
JUMPER NUMBER: 6

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.


SELECTION:
 Rookie Selection
STATE: ACT
CLUB: Canberra Capitals (WNBL)
JUMPER NUMBER: 22

Jess Bibby is a legend of Australian basketball, playing 378 WNBL games for Dandenong and the Canberra Capitals. Bibby has overcome some remarkable injuries and obstacles to have a decorated career in Australia and the US with the New York Liberty (WNBA). At 37, Bibby will be the oldest member of the squad. Bibby is one of the GIANTS two rookie listed players having not been aligned to an AFL club.

SELECTION: Free Agency
STATE: NSW
CLUB: Newtown Breakaways
JUMPER NUMBER: 31

Codie Briggs is originally from Victoria and comes from a large Indigenous family. Her uncle is the highly decorated West Coast Eagles champion and Indigenous leader David Wirrpanda. Briggs is a pastry chef by trade and lives in Quakers Hill in north-west Sydney. Briggs joined the GIANTS as a free-agent from the Newtown Breakaways. 
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SELECTION: Rookie Selection
STATE: ACT
CLUB: Canberra United (W-League)
JUMPER NUMBER: 10

Ellie Brush has represented Australia in soccer, playing for the Matildas. She is set to become the first person to play 100 W-League games this season when she represents Canberra United and has played the last two seasons for the Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League in the US. Brush is one of the GIANTS’ two rookie listed players having not been aligned to an AFL club.  



SELECTION: Priority Player Selection
STATE: NSW
CLUB: UNSW-ES Stingrays
JUMPER NUMBER: 14

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 this year’s Women’s Exhibition match.



SELECTION: Priority Player Selection
STATE: VIC
CLUB: Darebin Falcons
JUMPER NUMBER: 7

 

23-year-old Jessica Dal Pos was part of the Women’s VFL Premiership-winning Darebin Falcons outfit in 2016. She relocated to Sydney from Melbourne as one of the GIANTS’ five Priority Selections. A utility player, her hard running and nice left foot kick are suited to the midfield and wings.

 

SELECTION: AFL Women's Draft, pick 81
STATE: NSW
CLUB: Southern Power
JUMPER NUMBER: 9

26-year-old Kristy De Pellegrini plays for the Southern Power in the AFL Sydney Women’s competition. Injury interrupted her 2016 season, but De Pellegrini is a good sized defender that can play on players much bigger in size. Very tough, no nonsense defender who played for Sydney in their exhibition match against the GIANTS earlier this year.

SELECTION: AFL Women's Draft, pick 64
STATE: NSW
CLUB: Maquarie University Warriors
JUMPER NUMBER: 18

Amanda Farrugia is Physical Education teacher at Our Lady of Mercy College in Parramatta – the school she attended as a student years earlier. Farrugia lives in Seven Hills and took up AFL in the recent years when looking for a new sport to keep her active. She won the 2015 Mostyn Medal as the Best and Fairest in the AFL Sydney Women’s competition. Farrugia was drafted with pick 64 from the Macquarie University Warriors. 

SELECTION: Marquee Player
STATE: WA
CLUB: Coastal Titans
JUMPER NUMBER: 27

Renee Forth is one of the GIANTS' marquee players and has relocated from Western Australia to represent the club. Unfortunately Forth suffered a knee injury late in the WAWFL season and has undergone a knee reconstruction that will see her sit out the 2017 AFL Women’s season. Forth will work closely with the playing group as a development coach while completing her rehabilitation. 

SELECTION: AFL Women's Draft, pick 16
STATE: VIC
CLUB: VU Western Spurs
JUMPER NUMBER: 19

Victorian Ashleigh Guest was drafted by the GIANTS at pick 16. Equipped with great running ability, Guest’s repeated running efforts, combined with her hardness at the contest, ensure that she impacts the contest regularly. Able to play in all zones across the ground, Guest's versatility is a critical component of her game. Guest played for Melbourne in two AFL Women’s Exhibition series matches in 2016.
 

SELECTION: AFL Women's Draft, pick 97
STATE: NSW
CLUB: Australian Defence Force
JUMPER NUMBER: 41

Clare Lawton comes from Ganmain in the NSW Riverina and has recently finished a stint based in Townsville with her job with the Australian Defence Force. Lawton is one of four ADF employees to take part in the upcoming AFL Women’s competition, with the ADF being fully supportive of the competition. Lawton has recently relocated to Wagga Wagga with the ADF. Lawton was drafted with pick 97 having most recently played in the ACT.  

SELECTION: AFL Women's Draft, pick 48
STATE: NSW
CLUB: Sydney University
JUMPER NUMBER: 23

17-year-old Erin McKinnon fell in love with AFL when her brother started playing Auskick. McKinnon wanted to play too and was told that due to a lack of numbers, she would have to arrange enough players to make a team. Her local club, the Mosman Swans, supported them by supplying uniforms. McKinnon has gone on to be named in the All-Stars team following the National Youth Girls championships. She recently completed her HSC. McKinnon was drafted with pick 48 from Sydney University. 

SELECTION: Priority Player Selection
STATE: VIC
CLUB: St Kilda Sharks
JUMPER NUMBER: 3

Phoebe McWilliams is one of the GIANTS’ three Victorian priority players. She is another key position player who has played for the St Kilda Sharks for 10 years. The 31-year-old is known for her skills up forward but can also be sent back to help out in defence. She is a freelance writer who has previously worked for the Melbourne Cricket Club.

SELECTION: AFL Women's Draft, pick 49
STATE: NSW
CLUB: UNSW-ES Stingrays
JUMPER NUMBER: 2

Mai Nguyen is the daughter of a Vietnamese refugee. Her family put a strong emphasis on education for her and her brothers during her school years. Having grown up in Cabramatta and being a physiotherapist based at Liverpool, Nguyen has a strong connection to Western Sydney. Nguyen was drafted with pick 49 from the UNSW-ES Stingrays.

SELECTION: AFL Women's Draft, pick 112
STATE: ACT
CLUB: Queanbeyan Tigers
JUMPER NUMBER: 15

One of five players from the nation’s capital on the GIANTS’ list, Ella Ross is a midfielder from the Queanbeyan Tigers. The 24-year-old is an in and under player who finds plenty of the ball. She puts great pressure on the opposition and loves to tackle. 

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SELECTION: Free Agency
STATE: NSW
CLUB: Sydney University Bombers
JUMPER NUMBER: 21

Isabella Rudolph, 21, sat out the 2016 season due to a serious knee injury suffered in April but will be a valuable addition to the GIANTS forward line. The smart and highly skilled forward joins the club after playing previously for Manly-Warringah and Sydney University.

SELECTION: Free Agency
STATE: VIC
CLUB: Melbourne University
JUMPER NUMBER: 4

24-year old Alex Saundry will bring a wealth of experience from her time at Melbourne University when she relocates to Sydney. The 175cm defender has vast knowledge of the game and is expected to be a leader of the GIANTS backline. Saundry works as a Player Manager for Connors Sports.

SELECTION: AFL Women's Draft, pick 17
STATE: WA
CLUB: Coastal Titans
JUMPER NUMBER: 11

Another WA selection, Aimee Schmidt was selected in the Draft at pick 17. A quick forward runner who can kick long on the run, Schmidt played for West Coast against Fremantle earlier this year. Can get to any contest and take a high mark with a good leap. Schmidt has also represented Western Australia.

SELECTION: AFL Women's Draft, pick 33
STATE: NSW
CLUB: Wollongong Saints
JUMPER NUMBER: 33

Kate Stanton was selected at pick 33 from the Wollongong Saints. An exceptionally naturally gifted player, Stanton is a real danger for opposition defences in the forward 50 as highlighted by her twelve-goal National Youth Girl Championship tally which led her team to Grand Final victory and individual selection in the All Star team.

SELECTION: Priority Player Selection
STATE: VIC
CLUB: Melbourne University
JUMPER NUMBER: 12

Louise Stephenson, 21, is a 176cm utility player from Melbourne University who loves to run and spends time playing in both the ruck and up forward. A stand-out youth girls footballer, Stephenson was just 18 when she was selected to represent the Western Bulldogs in the inaugural Women’s Exhibition match in 2013. She was one of the GIANTS’ three Victorian priority selections.

SELECTION: Marquee Player
STATE: WA
CLUB: East Fremantle
JUMPER NUMBER: 17

Emma Swanson is one of the GIANTS' marquee players and has relocated from Western Australia to represent the club. Swanson has won four best and fairest awards playing for East Fremantle in the WAWFL. Swanson represented Melbourne in September’s AFL Women’s exhibition match which was a ratings winner for Channel 7. 

SELECTION: AFL Women's Draft, pick 96
STATE: NSW
CLUB: Penrith Ramettes
JUMPER NUMBER: 1

Renee Tomkins grew up in Western Sydney and has played representative soccer and futsal, playing a season for the Western Sydney Wanderers in the W-League. After watching a friend play AFL, Tomkins decided this was a game she wanted to take part in and has never looked back. Tomkins was drafted with pick 96 from the Penrith Rammettes.

SELECTION: AFL Women's Draft, pick 80
STATE: ACT
CLUB: Gungahlin Jets
JUMPER NUMBER: 16

23-year-old Britt Tully is one of the five Canberrans on the GIANTS’ list. She was drafted at pick 80 from the Gungahlin Jets. Tully is a tough, in and under midfielder who never gives up and finds plenty of football. She was recently crowned AFL Canberra Women's Best and Fairest winner.

SELECTION: AFL Women's Draft, pick 113
STATE: NSW
CLUB: Sydney University Bombers
JUMPER NUMBER: 5

22-year-old Stephanie Walker was the GIANTS’ final selection in the Draft at pick 113 from the Sydney Uni Bombers. She is a dynamic, exciting midfielder/small forward. Always looking to attack the footy, create opportunity and score. Has had an injury troubled 2016, but when up and going, is a very dangerous forward. Walker works as a Development Officer at AFL NSW/ACT.

SELECTION: Free Agency
STATE: ACT
CLUB: Belconnen Magpies
JUMPER NUMBER: 13

Hannah Wallett of the Belconnen Magpies is a strong forward with good hands and is a reliable shot on goal. The 25-year old was the fifth ACT player to be named in the GIANTS squad. She joined the club as a Free Agent.

SELECTION: Priority Player Selection
STATE: WA
CLUB: East Fremantle
JUMPER NUMBER: 20

Alex Williams, 23, is one of the GIANTS’ priority selections from Western Australia. The tall defender gave up her footy dream as a youngster only to rediscover her love for the game at high school. She  plays for East Fremantle in the WAWFL and represented West Coast in an AFL exhibition series game against Fremantle earlier this year.