Western Bulldogs select Isabel Huntington with no.1 pick in 2017 AFL Women’s Draft

South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) ambassador Isabel (Izzy) Huntington has been selected as the no.1 pick by the Western Bulldogs in the 2017 AFL Women’s draft. 

The 18-year-old will join the likes of star Katie Brennan at the kennel next season, with coach Paul Groves describing Huntington as the “complete package” when presented on stage.

A rangy left-footer, Huntington is a key-position size forward who can also go through the midfield. Despite not playing any football at all in 2017 after injuring her ACL, she was also strongly linked with the coveted no.1 pick selection.

“It’s a massive honour,” she said.

“I was surprised. There are amazing girls in this room, so this is a massive honour.”

Wearing the colours of both East Sandringham and South Melbourne as a junior in the SMJFL dominating the then boys-only divisions, before progressing through the ranks at TAC Cup level with the Sandringham Dragons, Huntington has long been tipped as a future star of the women’s game.

The Bulldogs finished sixth in the inaugural AFLW season and will be hoping the recruitment of Huntington, along with pick four Monique Conti, will propel them to finals football in season 2018.

Huntington began in her ambassadorial role with the league in 2016 and has been heavily involved in coaching at Under 15 Interleague level, having a profound impact on nurturing more young female talent in the south-east.

Balancing her commitments with the league along with her Year 12 VCE and aspirations to study medicine, 2017 has been a roller-coaster year for ‘Izzy’ and now capped off with selection at no.1 in the draft.

2017 AFLW DRAFT:

ROUND ONE

1. Western Bulldogs — Isabel Huntington

2. Fremantle — Stephanie Cain

3. Collingwood — Chloe Molloy

4. Western Bulldogs — Monique Conti

5. GIANTS — Jodie Hicks

6. Melbourne — Eden Zanker

7. Brisbane Lions — Jordan Zanchetta

8. Adelaide — Jessica Allan

ROUND TWO

9. Collingwood — Darcy Guttridge

10. Fremantle — Evangeline Gooch

11. Western Bulldogs — Jenna Bruton

12. Carlton — Georgia Gee

13. Collingwood — Iilish Ross

14. Melbourne — Maddy Guerin

15. Brisbane Lions — Arianna Clarke

16. Adelaide — Jasmyn Hewett

ROUND THREE

17. GIANTS — Tanya Hetherington

18. Fremantle — Jodie White

19. Western Bulldogs — Daria Bannister

20. Collingwood — Sarah Dargan

21. Collingwood — Kristy Stratton

22. Melbourne — Tegan Cunningham

23. Brisbane Lions — Renee Cowan

24. Adelaide — Eloise Jones

ROUND FOUR

25. GIANTS — Courtney Gum

26. Fremantle — Ashley Atkins

27. Western Bulldogs — Emma Mackie

28. Carlton — Sophie Li

29. Carlton — Reni Hicks

30. Melbourne — Claudia Whitfort

31. Brisbane Lions — Kalinda Howarth

32. Adelaide — Marijana Rajcic

ROUND FIVE

33. Fremantle — Emily McGuire

34. Western Bulldogs — PASS

34. Collingwood — Ash Brazill

35. Carlton — Bridie Kennedy

36. Brisbane Lions — Emma Pittman

37. Adelaide — Ruth Wallace

ROUND SIX

38. GIANTS — Phoebe Monahan

39. Fremantle — Alicia Janz

40. Brisbane Lions — Ruby Blair

41. Adelaide — Rheanne Lugg

ROUND SEVEN

42. GIANTS — Philippa Smyth

43. Fremantle — Leah Mascall

44. Brisbane Lions — Sophie Conway

45. Adelaide — PASS

ROUND EIGHT

46. GIANTS — Cora Staunton

47. Brisbane Lions — Jessy Keeffe

ROUND NINE

48. GIANTS — PASS