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The North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos have acquired one of the strongest lists in AFLW history.

View the full list of signings below.

Last updated September 3, 2018. 

Emma Kearney (Western Bulldogs)
165cm - Midfielder
Highlights

Having been awarded the 2018 league best-and-fairest, club best-and-fairest and winning the Premiership, Kearney is by far, the best player in the competition.

Kearney has long ties to North from her early playing career with Melbourne University Women’s Football Club (MUWFC), where she won five best-and-fairest awards and served as captain.

The 28-year-old’s list of achievements is phenomenal, and the dual athlete (cricket & football) will play a vital role for the Roos.

The two-time All-Australian has also taken up a role as sport and recreation co-ordinator with North's award winning not-for-profit education arm, The Huddle. 

“Emma has an elite ability to accumulate the football around the ground as well as being a dominant stoppage player. She plays with genuine intent and ferocity,” North AFLW list manager Rhys Harwood told North Media.

“She will add tremendous leadership and experience to the club both on and off the field.”

Jasmine Garner (Collingwood)
175cm - Forward
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Interview

Garner will bolster North’s forward stocks after committing to the royal blue and white stripes.

The 23-year-old started her football journey in Melbourne’s inner-western suburbs, earning All-Australian status at junior level while playing for the Yarraville Football Club.

Known for kicking the first goal in the AFLW, Garner is lauded for her marking ability and considered one of the strongest forwards in the competition.

“Jasmine is one of the brightest young talents in the AFLW and will play a key role in the front half for North Melbourne,” Harwood said.

“A strong key forward with elite hands, as well as significant ability below her knees for a player of her height, gives her multiple methods to impact as a forward.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the further growth in her game in the coming years.”

Jamie Stanton (Brisbane)
166cm - Midfielder
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A dynamic inside midfielder, Stanton boasts an ability to draw the footy in and around stoppages.

The former junior Matilda soccer player has developed quickly since making the transition from the round-ball code.

Stanton spent the first two seasons of her AFLW career with Brisbane, polling second in the club’s best-and-fairest in 2018.

The 22-year-old high school teacher averaged 16 disposals, highlighting her ability as an impact player.

“Jamie is particularly strong over the football and possesses a genuine step and good hands in tight, making her a very impactful stoppage player,” Harwood said.

“We couldn’t have been more impressed with Jamie’s on field work-rate, as well as her character and desire to be the best player she can be.”

Jess Duffin (Collingwood)
162cm - Forward
Highlights
Interview

An elite athlete, Duffin has been a staple of consistency. 

The dual-code athlete (cricket & football) earned recognition as an All-Australian squad member in successive seasons and is held in high regard due to her clean disposal by foot, while also proving to be just as effective in front of goal.

The 28-year-old averaged 13 touches per game, playing across multiple roles in 2018.

“Jess is very strong overhead and in our opinion is that she’s one of the best users of the ball by foot and rebounded the ball exceptionally well,” Harwood said.

“Jess will bring some real versatility to our list, with capacity to play and impact in all three zones.”

No stranger to the big stage, Duffin has also represented Australia in cricket on the international stage, as well as representing the Melbourne Renegades in the Women’s Big Bash League.  

Danielle Hardiman (Carlton)
175cm - Defender
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Interview

Key defender Hardiman holds a reputation as being amongst the best intercept players in the league.

Also effective on the ball, the 23-year-old rebounded from a serious ankle injury in 2017, which caused her to miss the entire VFLW season. The skilful defender triumphantly returned the following year, playing six matches.

Hardiman started playing footy in Melbourne's outer-south-east and was selected to play for Victoria's under-18 side, despite being just 16.

“Danielle has some real defensive versatility and is able to play both tall and small,” Harwood said.

“We think her skill-set is quite rare and we couldn’t be more excited to bring a player of her calibre to the club.

“Danielle will really stiffen our defence up, and we feel she is one of the more underrated players in the competition. She also possesses a great left foot and can impact offensively on the way out.”

Tahlia Randall (Brisbane)
173cm - Defender
Highlights

A versatile tall, Randall will offer a competitive edge to North in several key areas.

Selected with pick 15 in the 2016 draft, Randall has had a rapid ascension, looking at home in both the ruck and in defence.

The former Queensland volleyballer, who earned a Rising Star nomination in Round 6 of the 2018 season, is seen as a key position player due to her flexibility.

“We have followed Tahlia closely over the past few years and believe she is one of the most promising young key position players in the AFLW,” Harwood stated.

“She came across and played a game at MUWFC last year in the VFLW and we were very impressed with her game.

“We envisage Tahlia playing a key role in our defence for a long time. Tahlia reads the ball well in the air, allowing her to win the ball back and intercept mark, and has also shown the ability to play in a lock-down role when required.”

Jenna Bruton (Western Bulldogs)
158cm - Midfielder
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Fleet of foot, Bruton will strengthen North’s roving stocks with her clean usage around stoppages.

Selected with pick 11 in the 2017 draft, Bruton was picked on the back of a standout campaign in the VFL, where she gained selection in the VFL Women’s Team of the Year.

An ever-present threat with her abilities, Bruton will be a mainstay in North’s engine room.

“Jenna’s vision and execution in tight is very exciting and will add different look to our midfield group,” Harwood said.

“Jenna possesses a genuine step and importantly will be able to rotate through a number of roles.

“We’re excited to work with Jenna and were confident she will be a long-term midfielder for us.”

Katherine Gillespie-Jones (Carlton)
179cm - Utility
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Initially a forward, Gillespie-Jones’ athletic profile enables her to play in almost every role around the ground, bringing great flexibility to the team.

“Katherine is particularly diligent when playing as a defender and she’s genuinely competitive,” Harwood said.

“She has shown the ability to impact both aerially and on the ground in all roles she’s been tasked with.

“Katherine will be a huge asset off field as well, being renowned for her elite training habits and standards, as well as being an exceptional character.”

Maddison Smith (Open-Age Signing)
169cm - Winger

An elite talent, Smith was unearthed through North’s talent search across Tasmania earlier in 2018.

After catching the eyes of recruiters, Smith went on to kick nine goals in her first Tasmanian State League Women’s (TSLW) game for Clarence.

The versatile forward has also proven efforts on the wing and across halfback.

“Maddie’s ball use, strength and power will be a huge asset, and we expect her x-factor and competitive nature to be on show very early on in the season,” Harwood said.

“We think Maddy has the capacity to develop into a terrific AFLW player, and it will be very special when she gets to play in front of her friends and family in Tassie.”

Brittany Gibson (Brisbane Lions)
173cm – Midfielder/Forward
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Renowned for her competitive spirit and physicality, Gibson has all the attributes to quickly become a fan favourite.

The 26-year-old, who took part in an AFLW Grand Final during her time with Brisbane, was drafted from the Burnie Dockers in Tasmania.

In her time in the Tasmanian Women’s League, the hard-working forward secured best and fairest honours.

“With her strength and size, Brittany has a genuine physical impact on every contest she is involved in,” Harwood said.

“Importantly, she has also shown the tactical skill to play multiple roles, so she will add some real versatility to our midfield mix.

“Off the field, her passion for the development of football in Tasmania is second to none, and we can’t wait for her to get the opportunity to play in her home state.”

Daria Bannister (Western Bulldogs)
162cm - Midfielder
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A strong bodied midfielder, Bannister has long been considered as one of Tasmania’s best talents.

Selected with pick 19 in the 2017 draft, Bannister missed the entire 2018 season after rupturing her ACL.

Having successfully recovered from her injury, Bannister plans to make amends for the time spent on the sidelines.

“Daria has the capacity to play as both a strong bodied inside midfielder or high half-forward,” Harwood stated.

“We are looking forward to working with Daria through her rehab as she pushes towards a return, and what promises to be a long and exciting career.”

Ash Riddell (Open-Age Signing)
159cm - Midfielder / Forward
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Running machine Riddell, will look to boost the strength of North Melbourne’s midfield and forward stocks.

After establishing herself at Diamond Creek, Riddell earned selection in the VFL Women’s team of the year.

Captain of MUWFC, the club has high-hopes for the 22-year-old.

“Ash is a ready-made midfielder, with the versatility to play inside, off a wing, or as a half-forward," recruiter Rhys Harwood told North Media.

"She has a great step, elite aerobic capacity, and is terrific user of the ball by both hand and foot. 

“Ash’s performance and commitment whilst training with Melbourne University this pre-season, as well as her outstanding character, made it impossible not to give her an opportunity and reflects in her being chosen to captain Melbourne University in 2018.”

Georgia Nanscawen (Open-Age Signing)
160cm – Midfielder / Forward

Nanscawen has a list of sporting accomplishments that would rival any other in the AFLW.

The second youngest player to debut for the Hockeyroos, while also being the youngest to reach 200-games, Nanscawen is a natural leader.

Despite her limited experience, the 25-year-old has the potential to develop into a key player.

“For someone with a limited footballing background, Georgia couldn’t have been more impressive with her tactical skill during her trial here at the club, as well as demonstrating her elite character that has seen her be so successful within Hockey,” Rhys Harwood told North Media.

“We think Georgia will develop into a terrific contributor on-field, as well as leading by example off it with her professionalism and experience.

“We can expect to see Georgia’s elite agility and speed displayed on-field. Georgia will spend some time developing her craft in the WAFL this year.”

Elisha King (Open-Age Signing)
164cm - Utility

A classy distributor, King joins North with the ability to play multiple positions.

An elite junior, King was an All-Australian representative at just 16. The smooth-moving utility is regarded for her capacity to play on a wing or at half-back.

The 18-year-old impressed in her trial with North with her mobility a key strength.

“We felt Elisha was unlucky to miss out on being drafted last year due to injury, and during her trial at the club, she showed some strong athletic qualities that can be hard to find,” Rhys Harwood said.

“Elisha spent some time at the Lions this year as a training squad member so she has some experience in an AFLW environment.  

"We anticipate Elisha developing into a player who can really aid our ball movement with her skills.”

Kaitlyn Ashmore (Brisbane)
173cm - Midfieder

With pace to burn, Kaitlyn Ashmore possesses the ability to split opposition midfields.

Ashmore transitioned out of a promising career in athletics to pursue her football dream. The decision has been validated with Ashmore playing in two consecutive AFLW Grand Finals.

Originally from Melbourne and no stranger to the MUWFC, Ashmore returns to her home state after committing to the Roos.

“Kaitlyn has real versatility in her game having been able to spend time on a wing, half-forward or as a genuine on-baller,” Harwood said.

“Kaitlyn will give us a different look through the midfield, and we think her ability to carry the footy will really break some games open.

“She’s an exciting player to watch and we think she’ll have a big impact in our side.”

Moana Hope (Collingwood)
170cm - Forward

A veteran of the game, Hope will add experience to North’s forward line.

The well-travelled goal sneak burst onto the scene in 2016, making headlines for a six-goal haul in the All-Star exhibition game. Given her experience in multiple competitions, Hope is expected to make an immediate impact at Arden St.

The mercurial attacker has the ability to be a game-breaker, highlighted by her 15 goals in past two seasons.

“Mo has proven she can be one of the most dynamic front-half players,” Harwood said.

“She has genuine forward craft, reads the ball coming in particularly well, and possesses some real tricks.

“Her on-field energy, ability to disrupt a defence, and experience within football will be an enormous asset to our club.”

Emma King (Collingwood)
186cm - Ruck

Towering authority King is seen by many as the competition's most elite rucks.

King accumulated an impressive 125 total hit-outs in 2018 , averaging 17.9 per game; the third highest in the competition.

With impressive footwork, and an ability to play as a legitimate forward underlines her importance to the team.

“Emma possesses a strong ruck-craft and brings both physicality and athleticism to the role,” Harwood said.

“Her tactical skill for a player of her size is of real quality, as is her ability to find the footy around the ground.

“Emma will play a big role for us structurally.”

Emma Humphries (Melbourne)
164cm - Utility

Humphries has shown the capacity to play all areas and will add great flexibility. Her explosive speed and effective ball use will be invaluable, particularly on the defensive end.

Tasmanian-born Humphries, will bring two years of AFLW experience to the side and will play an important leadership role.

“She has established herself as one of the premier players in the Tasmanian State League Women’s (TSLW) so she will be an important player for us and will serve as an important role model to the young Tasmanian players and AFLW hopefuls,” List Manager Rhys Harwood said.

“It will be really special when Emma has the opportunity to return to Tassie and play in front of her home crowd next season.”

Jasmine Grierson (Melbourne)
174cm - Midfielder

Grierson is one of the brightest young talents in the AFLW and was selected in the All-Australian initial Squad at just 18.

A versatile player, Grierson will predominantly play in the midfield where she can use her genuine power to break through congestion.

Her ability to use both sides of her body, combined with her ability to read the game,  makes her an important addition to the team.

“We believe she will continue to develop and build on her terrific start to her AFLW career,” List Manager Rhys Harwood said.

“She will give us a different look with her flexibility, and ability inside the contest. Above all, Jas is an outstanding person who we couldn’t be more excited to bring to the club.”

Sophie Abbatangelo
167cm - Forward/Midfielder

A clever player with some real x-factor, Abbatangelo will be a threat with her offensive and defensive pressure. 

“She is really strong overhead for someone of her size and is clean at ground level, which will give her multiple methods to impact inside 50,” North AFLW list manager Rhys Harwood said. 

Abbatangelo has shown great character in her personal development this season.

Tayla Roberts (Open-Age Signing)
191cm - Ruck

Hailing from Launceston, Roberts looks to be a valuable cross-code rookie, primed for a ruck role.

Currently representing the Dandenong Ranges in the Women’s National Baskeball League, the 191cm athlete will be one of the tallest players in the competition.

“During Tayla’s trial she demonstrated some terrific qualities, as well as tactical skills that we think will see her develop into a genuine ruck,” AFLW List Manager Rhys Harwood said. 

“Tayla’s height and strength will certainly make her a very tough opponent to play against.

“Her experience as an elite athlete will bring significant off-field strengths to our club and will ensure she gets the most out of herself as she adapts to a new sport.”

Taylor Mesiti (Casey Demons)
175cm - Defender/Forward
Open Age Recruit

Mesiti has the speed and strength to allow her to impact the game both in the air and at ground level.

“At 175cm we feel she’s shown really good form at both ends of the ground this season, with her movement and marking allowing her to play multiple roles,” North's AFLW List Manager Rhys Harwood said.

Mesiti’s versatility is a huge advantage.

“She will add to both our immediate and long term stocks at either end, which was certainly something we were mindful of in this pre-draft period.”

Alison Drennan (Southern Saints)
176cm - Inside Midfielder
Open Age Recruit

A tall, inside midfielder, Drennan’s ability to find the ball in a contest combined with her craft in tight, and significant aerobic capacity, will make her an asset.

Drennan has played around two dozen games since being in the American basketball system but has made up for lost time and is dominating for the saints in the VFLW.

“Drennan topped the VFLW for contested possessions, and was second overall for clearances and disposals, which highlights the impact she has had around the ball this year,” AFLW List Manager Rhys Harwood told North Media.

“We are excited by the upside and development in her game in seasons to come.”

Jess Trend (Essendon VFLW)
163cm - Midfielder/Defender
Open Age Recruit 

With a wealth of footy experience, Trend is sure to be a threat with her knowledge, form and speed.

“Trend has put together a really solid season for Essendon in the VFLW, with her form in the back half of the year really impressing us,” North's AFLW List Manager Rhys Harwood said. 

“She has performed in all areas on the ground at different stages of the season, and has been particularly impressive off a wing and across half-back given the way she moves across the ground.

“Combined with some real speed, Jess is strong overhead, generally quite robust for her size, and makes good decisions with ball-in-hand.

“We envisage Jess being able to compete at AFLW level quickly and think her attributes really suit the way we want to play.”