The North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos have finalised their list ahead of season seven of the AFLW, with the club selecting five new players at the 2022 NAB AFLW Draft.

The Kangaroos took winger Taylah Gatt with their first selection, and 28th overall, before going on to pick key forward Sophia McCarthy (39), small forward Charli Granville (50), ruck Grace Matser (51) and the versatile Cassidy Mailer (54).

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Round 1 - Pick 28 (14 in Victoria) - Taylah Gatt

Winger, Dandenong Stingrays
18 years old, 171cm

A dynamic winger with a lethal combination of speed and endurance, Taylah Gatt possesses the inherent ability to be a line-breaking impact in the wide areas of the ground for the Kangaroos, whether that be through long-distance kicking or running at the opposition defence.

Selected as a Vic Country representative at this year's under-18 championships, Gatt averaged a strong 13 disposals and three marks across her two appearances for the side.

At 170cm she possesses great size for her position, and her ability to improve both her technical footballing skills as well as her size and strength should see her be a huge improver once exposed to senior women's football.

The pace at which she plays the game makes her a difficult prospect to face for opposition defences, and her penchant for taking the game on has the potential to excite fans across the competition.

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AFLW Draft: Roos choose Taylah Gatt with pick No.28

The North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos have selected Taylah Gatt with pick No.28 in the 2022 NAB AFLW Draft

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Round 2 - Pick 39 (22 in Victoria) - Sophia McCarthy

Key forward, Williamstown
20 years old, 179cm

A genuine key forward who thrived in her first season of senior women’s football, Sophia McCarthy kicked nine goals in 13 games for a struggling Williamstown VFLW side this season.

Originally from Benalla where she played with the Murray Bushrangers, McCarthy has a beautifully natural leap and fly at the ball and is a deadly contested marking threat despite her age and frame.

While lacking searing pace and agility, she’s mobile for her size and position and could have the potential to play in a linking role, however is most comfortable at full-forward.

Possessing a classy kick and clean hands, she looks like she has the ability to immediately contribute at senior level but certainly has huge upside.

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AFLW Draft: Roos choose Sophia McCarthy with pick No.39

The North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos have selected Sophia McCarthy with pick No.39 in the 2022 NAB AFLW Draft

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Round 3 - Pick 50 (28 in Victoria) - Charli Granville

Small forward, Eastern U18s
18 years old, 165cm

A classy forward with just one NAB League campaign under her belt, Charli Granville has the often understated ability of just knowing where the goals are.

The type of player who can create something out of nothing, Granville is the type of exciting forward who doesn’t need an immense amount of the ball to be able to turn a game.

She possesses a strong, quick first step, good agility and has a good skill level, especially for someone who is still so new to the high performance pathway.

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AFLW Draft: Roos choose Charli Granville with pick No.50

The North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos have selected Charli Granville with pick No.50 in the 2022 NAB AFLW Draft

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Round 3 - Pick 51 (29 in Victoria) - Grace Matser

Ruck, Collingwood VFLW
19 years old, 187cm 

A genuine ruck with existing experience in senior women’s football, Grace Matser will come to Arden Street as the tallest player on the Kangaroos’ list alongside Emma King.

The selection of Matser means the Kangaroos have selected a player from Collingwood’s VFLW program with pick 51 two seasons in a row after the recruitment of Jas Ferguson last year.

She offers a point of difference at the stoppage by going up for the bounce with her left hand which can be a dangerous weapon for her midfield group.

With a good running tank and strong fundamental skills, Matser has the ability to cover a huge amount of ground during the game and will offer strong support behind the club’s existing ruck stocks.

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AFLW Draft: Roos choose Grace Matser with pick No.51

The North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos have selected Grace Matser with pick No.51 in the 2022 NAB AFLW Draft

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Round 3 - Pick 54 (30 in Victoria) - Cassidy Mailer

Mid-Fwd/Mid-Def, Murray U18s
18 years old, 165cm

One of the most versatile prospects in the draft, Cassidy Mailer has shown the potential to play across any and all three lines.

With elite footballing smarts, she’s capably played as a mid-forward for much of her junior career, and a successful shift into defence this year displayed her game IQ.

Mailer has had a tough run with injuries in recent years, but when she’s been fit and available she’s shown the potential to play anywhere on the field at the top level, and good strength could see her adapt well to the senior game.

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AFLW Draft: Roos choose Cassidy Mailer with pick No.54

The North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos have selected Cassidy Mailer with pick No.54 in the 2022 NAB AFLW Draft

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