Four Demons reap AFLW reward

Sammie Johnson is back on an AFLW list. Picture: COREY SCICLUNA

The Casey Demons have capped off a brilliant season with a flurry of AFLW draftees.

Nine years to the night since the first AFLW match between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs, the Demons had four draftees etch their names on a list in the now 18-team competition.

Casey captain and Beaconsfield junior Sammie Johnson was awarded another chance at AFLW level, selected at pick 49 by Melbourne.

Johnson will join teammate Maeve Chaplin at the Demons, who was selected at pick 44.

But arguably the story of the night came from the Wales twins – Stephanie and Lucy – who have both entered the AFLW system but will play for expansion rivals Essendon and Hawthorn.

Lucy – a versatile ruck – was selected by the Hawks with pick 22, while Stephanie was selected an even 10 picks later by the Bombers with pick 32.

While the four aforementioned players were the highlight of the night for the Demons, there was an additional two players from the Dandenong Stingrays that represented the Dees at stages throughout the year also selected.

All-round star Amber Clarke was taken by Essendon at pick 4, while the zippy Taylah Gatt was selected by North Melbourne with pick 28.