Two Wrest Point TSLW stars have taken another major step in their football journey, joining the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos AFL Women’s side after being selected in the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft.
Launceston duo Mia King and Abbey Green were both picked up by the Kangaroos following the selection of Tasmanian Ellie Gavalas in the first round.
MIA KING was the next Tasmanian taken with pick 49 and is renowned as being one of the ‘steals of the draft’.
King, originally from Launceston, has done it all at underage level, averaging 20 disposals across three games for the Tasmania Devils in the NAB League Girls competition, winning the Tasmania Devils U18 Girls Best & Fairest Award and being named in the 2019 AFLW U18 All Australian team after also starring for the Eastern Allies, where she captained one game.
WHAT NORTH SAY:
“It’s great to be able to add Mia to the group. She’s come through our Tasmanian pathway and through the academy.
“She’s had a great year with Tasmania, Launceston and the Eastern Allies. She’s got great hands, accumulates the footy and is a great competitor.” Rhys Harwood, North Melbourne AFLW List Manager.
ABBEY GREEN became the third Tasmanian taken in the 2019 AFLW Draft when selected with pick 79.
Green played a starring role for Launceston throughout the side’s unbeaten TSLW home and away campaign this season, being named in the TSLW Team of the Year for a second year in a row.
A strong ruck with the capacity and willingness to fly for big marks and kick goals forward of centre, Green is a versatile option at 183cm and just 22 years of age.
The trio will join fellow Tasmanians Daria Bannister, Nicole Bresnehan, Brittany Gibson, Chloe Haines, Libby Haines and Emma Humphries in the royal blue and white in 2020.
WHAT NORTH SAY:
“Abbey performed really well as a ruck-forward for Launceston this year, and she played a great game for Melbourne Uni in the VFLW this season.
“We think she adds to our ruck-forward flexibility, and she’s another player who’s probably ready to play straight away.” Rhys Harwood, North Melbourne AFLW List Manager.