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Cats bring back Skinner

Geelong has redrafted Mia Skinner. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG has sprung a surprise with its first selection in tonight’s AFLW Draft by giving Mia Skinner a second chance.

Skinner spent two injury-interrupted years on the Cats’ list, including a stress fracture to her femur in her first season, after being selected with pick 65 in the 2019 draft from the Geelong Falcons before being delisted.

She impressed at VFLW level in 2022, finishing 10th in Geelong’s best-and-fairest.

With the departure of Phoebe McWilliams (Carlton) and Liv Barber (Collingwood), the Cats had holes to fill in their forward line.

“It’s very exciting to get Mia back to the club”, Geelong AFLW boss Brett Johnson said.

“We’ve always rated her as a forward.”

“With her injuries in the first couple of years at the Cats, we had to let her go but her form in the VFL has been fantastic, so it’s great that she gets another opportunity.”

With its second selection (pick 42 – 23 Victoria), Geelong added defender Brooke Plummer from NAB League club Northern Knights.

The 165cm, 17-year-old represented Vic Metro at this year’s under-18 National Championships.

“Brooke is a really exciting, running defender who can play high up the ground and her greatest asset is her penetrating kick,” Johnson said.

“She’s a really accurate kick too, so we think she can really help with our attack as well.”

Geelong finalised its Season 7 list by using pick 55 (31 Victoria) to land Abbey McDonald from NAB League club Calder Cannons.

Like Plummer, the 162cm, 18-year-old, represented Vic Metro.

“Abbey is just a real competitor,” John said.

“We love the way she plays. She defends first and is able to work off her opponent, and contributes to our attack.”

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