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Shannon gets AFLW shot

GEELONG Falcons premiership player Eliza Shannon will get a chance to live out her AFLW dream with expansion club Hawthorn after being announced as a pre-draft signing.

The Newtown & Chilwell product, a member of the Falcons 2018 TAC Cup premiership alongside Nina Morrison, Olivia Purcell and Lucy McEvoy, has been playing with the Hawks’ VFLW team.

The 22-year-old has averaged 15.3 disposals, four marks and two tackles per game.

“Eliza has really impressed us with her competitiveness and work rate,” Hawthorn list manager Mitch Cashion said.

“After stepping away from football for a few years, she has now rediscovered her passion for the game and returned better than ever.

“She is a very versatile defender who can play on tall and small players while winning the ball both on the ground and in the air.”

Shannon represented Vic Country at under-16 and under-18 levels and was selected in the All-Australian team in both age groups in 2015.

The former Geelong VFLW listed player has also represented the Northern Territory after impressing with the Darwin Buffettes during the 2020/21 season.

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