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Cats make Morrison No.1

Nina Morrison in action for Geelong’s VFL team in 2018. (Sports Media Image)

GEELONG has handed the honour of being the No.1 pick in the 2018 AFL Women’s Draft to star Geelong Falcons midfielder Nina Morrison.

It caps a whirlwind rise for the 17-year-old, hadn’t picked up a Sherrin until attending the Cats’ inaugural talent identification day in November 2016.

In that time the Geelong Grammar student has won the TAC Cup best-and-fairest, played a key role in a Falcons grand final win, earned Team of the Year selection and represented Vic Country at two under-18 National Championships.

The Cats, who also had picked No.2 used it on Greater Western Victorian Rebels forward Sophie Van De Heuvel.

A product of the Ballarat Swans, Van De Heuvel, who was is also a talented cricketer, was also named in the TAC Cup Team of the Year and played five games at VFL level with Williamstown.

With pick No.7, Geelong selected Rebecca Webster from the Murray Bushrangers, an aggressive defender who was a member of the AFLW Academy.

The Cats looked locally for their fourth and fifth picks, using selection No.14 to add inside midfielder Olivia Purcell and No.20 on TAC Cup Grand Final best-on-ground Denby Taylor.

Like Morrison, Purcell and Taylor were also members of the Vic Country under-18 National Championships team.

At pick No.24, Geelong added Georgia Clarke from the GWV Rebels. Clarke also played four games for the Cats at VFL Women’s level.

The Cats made it three Rebels when they added developing ruck Rene Caris. A former netballer, Caris was a member of the AFLW Academy.

Geelong used pick No.47 to add midfielder Maighan Fogas, who finished runner-up in the Cats’ VFLW best-and-fairest.

At pick No.55, the Cats selected veteran VFLW defender Elise Coventry, while former Carlton player Maddy Keryk’s performances at VFLW level for Geelong were enough for her to be taken with its final selection, pick No.60.

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