OK, this makes it look a lot less awful for them. Let’s hope Essendon is only raiding the good AFLW teams, so delayed for another week or two
One of the most anticipated players to return is defender Tamara Luke from St Kilda, a former captain and 2018 premiership player for Hawthorn.
Luke is just one of the experienced group of AFLW players joining the Hawks, with Nicole Garner (Geelong), Georgia Bevan (Gold Coast Suns), and Nadia Von Bertouch (St Kilda) also pulling on the brown and gold jumper for the first time against the Bombers.
Two young players from the NAB League, Eloise Chaston and Ruby O’Dwyer, will also be making their debut in the brown and gold, with coaches already calling them future AFLW stars in the making.
Experienced players Meg Hutchins and Hannah Dyson will also return, while Izzy Khoury and Jess Grace have also earned a recall, completing the strong line-up.
Tamara Luke (St Kilda AFLW), Nicole Garner (Debut) (Geelong AFLW), Georgia Bevan (Gold Coast AFLW), Nadia Von Bertouch (Debut) (St Kilda AFLW), Eloise Chaston (Debut), Ruby O’Dwyer (Debut), Izzy Khoury, Jess Grace, Meg Hutchins, Hannah Dyson
Erin Byrnes (calf), Kristen Hay (ankle), Amy Malander, Emily McIlvena, Jemma Owen, Chloe Bain, Sophie Bolding, Alex Cuss, Chloe O’Malley, Tayah Kelly