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Kristy Stratton makes history

📁 News 🕔19.October 2017

Kristy Stratton has become Box Hill’s first AFL Women’s draftee after being selected by Collingwood in the 2017 National Draft.

Stratton not only achieved selection after just one year in VFLW in a highly competitive state talent pool, but managed to do so at the club she has supported her entire life. The 22-year old Stratton was taken at pick 21 by the Magpies after a VFL Women’s season in which she starred both up forward and down back for Box Hill.

“It’s amazing, i didn’t expect it,” said Stratton after the announcement. “To be picked at 21 for Collingwood, it’s surreal.

“My dad pretty much called me straight away and I was in tears, I couldn’t believe it.

I’m looking forward to being around the club, I’ve barracked for them my whole life and just to get in there and start, it’s just a dream come true.”

After injury delayed her start to the season, Stratton played in the last seven games for the Hawks and finished in the best players on four occasions. 

More Box Hill players could yet be selected, with all clubs set to fill the remaining positions on their lists with undrafted players in the AFL Women’s free agency and rookie period which closes on Friday.

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