The GIANTS have farewelled four players with Tait Mackrill, Grace Hill, Tess Cattle and Zara Hamilton informed they won’t be offered contracts for 2024.
GIANTS Head of Women’s Football, Briana Harvey, thanked the quartet for their service to the club.
“We’d like to thank Tait, Tess, Zara and Grace for their contribution to our club and wish them all the very best for the future,” Harvey said.
“Tait made an extremely valuable contribution to the GIANTS since joining the club in 2018 and her perseverance through a number of long-term injuries exemplified the tough character that she is.
“Tait ran out in GIANTS’ colours 22 times across her first five seasons and it was unfortunate that injury didn’t allow her to add to that tally.
“Grace is another who showed great determination and was a valued member of the GIANTS, having played nine games across the last two seasons after initially missing out on the NAB AFLW Draft.
“While Tess and Zara managed just one senior appearance between them, both made great contributions to our club, particularly off the field where both girls have been great teammates and popular members amongst the group.”
Originally from country South Australia, Mackrill joined the GIANTS in 2018 as an inside midfielder known for her elite kicking skills and her strength inside the contest.
Making a strong debut with 11 disposals in a round three clash with Carlton in 2019, Mackrill went on to claim the club’s Jacinda Barclay Fearless Award in 2021 before being struck down with successive season ending stress fracture injuries across the past two seasons.
A local talent from the UTS Bats, Hill played the first six games of season eight as a reliable defender to take her tally to nine games following her selection as an injury replacement player for ruck Fleur Davies ahead of season seven.
A GIANTS Academy product out of Canberra, Cattle was selected by the GIANTS with pick 86 in the 2022 NAB AFLW Draft.
A tough inside midfielder turned defender, Cattle made her debut in a 12-point win over Gold Coast in the final round of season seven but was unable to add to her tally this season.
Fellow GIANTS Academy product Hamilton was signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2022 NAB AFLW Draft.
A versatile onballer capable of playing both as an inside midfielder or on the wing, the 19-year-old was unable to break into the senior line-up in her time as a GIANT.
The GIANTS will announce further list changes and signings over the coming weeks.
The 2023 AFLW Trade Period will run from Thursday, December 7 until Thursday, December 14.
Off the back of a landmark CBA, players can sign 12-month minimum contracts without a cap on maximum terms.
The 2023 AFLW Draft will be held at Marvel Stadium on Monday, December 18.
In line with the AFLW Season Eight Supplementary Draft, nominees will be permitted to nominate for a ‘national pool’ again, allowing draftees to be considered by all 18 clubs in the NAB AFLW Competition.
A player can nominate for their home state’s draft pool or nominate to enter in a national draft pool.