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18-year-old future AFL Women’s star and South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) ambassador Isabel Huntington is widely tipped to go No.1 in this year’s NAB AFLW draft, despite her fair share of injury setbacks.

The former East Sandringham and South Melbourne FC product broke her leg in 2015 and in last year’s U/18 curtain raiser to the AFLW exhibition match at Whitten Oval, she tore her ACL and has subsequently spent a year out of the game.

Despite her wretched run of injury, her name is still being mentioned as a strong possibility for the No.1 pick and all roads lead back to her five goal (four in a quarter) and 30 possession (12-minute quarters) performance in the 2016 youth girl championships for Vic Metro.

“I think it’s an honour to be considered in the mix,” she told

“The inaugural AFLW season changed things in a sense because I’d grown up my whole life thinking the only football I’d get up to would be playing local women’s footy.

“Boys could go on and play AFL and make a full-time career out of it, but I would just play at a local club.

“I knew I had to have career options other than AFL. But now that this has come in it changes everything. It has changed a lot but I’m glad it has.”

Should she go No.1, the versatile midfielder/forward she’ll go to the Western Bulldogs, who acquired the first pick in the Victorian draft via a trade with Collingwood and GWS.

Isabel has been an important part of our successful South Metro Stars Interleague program as an assistant coach of our Under 15 Girls development squad.

FULL STORY: AFLW No. 1 draft prospect who’s too good to be true: Isabel Huntington is set to become a household name