Lions academy star Lily Postlethwaite was taken by Brisbane with Pick 3 at the 2019 AFLW Draft on Tuesday.
Lions academy star Lily Postlethwaite was taken by Brisbane with Pick 3 at the 2019 AFLW Draft on Tuesday.

Dual All-Australian headlines Lions AFLW draft haul

The selection of dual All-Australian and Queensland U18 captain Lily Postlethwaite with pick No.3 headlined Brisbane's AFLW draft selections as the Lions chase redemption in 2020.

2019 proved a tough year for Craig Starcevich's side with Brisbane failing to play a finals fixture after two successive grand final appearances in 2017 and 2018.

But the acquisition of 17-year-old Lions Academy star Postlethwaite along with eight other players has ears burning at the Den.

The Maroochydore youngster has already proven herself a midfield star of the future after debuting for Brisbane during the QW Winter Series and received the 2019 QAFLW Rising Star award to cap an outstanding season.

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Lions academy star Lily Postlethwaite was taken by Brisbane with Pick 3 at the 2019 AFLW Draft on Tuesday.
Lions academy star Lily Postlethwaite was taken by Brisbane with Pick 3 at the 2019 AFLW Draft on Tuesday.

Starcevich was full of praise for Postlethwaite following her unveiling as Pick 3, lauding the teenager's professionalism and work ethic.

"She's athletic, she's clean, she's got a good footy brain and is very skilful by hand and foot," Starcevich said.

"She was right at home in our QW Winter Series team, playing against older and bigger bodies."

Fellow Maroochydore midfielder and QW Winter Series debutant Isabella Dawes was Brisbane's next selection at Pick 15 after testing well in October's combine before Wilston Grange veteran Cathy Svarc and Mackay standout Hannah Hillman were chosen with Picks 16 and 17 respectively.

Foundation Lion Selina Priest has fought her way back into Brisbane’s list after being delisted in 2017. Picture: David Layden
Foundation Lion Selina Priest has fought her way back into Brisbane’s list after being delisted in 2017. Picture: David Layden

The 27-year-old Svarc was a member of the Lions AFLW train on squad in 2019 and will challenge for a place in Brisbane's halfback line while 184cm Hillman plays in the ruck and won the combine's 2km time trial.

South Australian utility Lucy Bellinger became the Lions' only interstate draftee after being selection with Pick 20 before Lions Academy tall Tahlia Hickie was taken with Pick 28.

Foundation Lion Selina Priest capped a remarkable comeback from her 2017 delisting after being selected with Pick 45 while University of Queensland teammates Dakota Davidson (Pick 60) and Maria Moloney (Pick 75) rounded out Brisbane's selections.

Starcevich was thrilled to welcome the players after a "difficult" selection process, saying each would help "create strong internal competition" at the club.



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