Position: Medium Defender
Recruited from: Claremont Tigers WAFLW
Bennett is a consistent defender who showcases natural ability both offensively and defensively, while also compounding the most tackles (16) of any player to record double-digit rebound 50s (12) at the AFLW Women’s Under 19s Championships. Bennett is able to match up and win one-on-one contests with opponents and is a reliable rebounder inside the defensive 50 arc. The 19-year-old also possesses a strong overhead mark with an ability to compete at ground level which will make her pressure off of the half-back insurmountable for the Eagles in 2022.
What AFLW list manager Jordan Loxley had to say:
“Em had an exceptional Under 19s State Carnival, probably unlucky not to be in the All-Australian team. Uses the ball really well off of half-back, she’s tough, competitive and finds a lot of the footy. As a 19-year-old she’s played some really quality footy for Claremont this year as well and we’re rapt to bring her in. Another quality player and person.”