Zanker off to Demons

WOORINEN Youth Girls footballer Eden Zanker is now an AFLW player after Melbourne selected the key forward with pick six in today's draft.

The Natya export, 17, completed a rapid rise from the Tigers to the top-level of women's football in the space of less than a year.

Eden Zanker is off to Melbourne after the Demons selected her at pick six in today's AFLW draft. Picture: DAVID SICKERDICK

Eden Zanker is off to Melbourne after the Demons selected her at pick six in today's AFLW draft. Picture: DAVID SICKERDICK

"I've enjoyed every single moment of it, I can't thank everyone enough for their support, especially the Woorinen Youth Girls," Zanker said after being drafted.

"I can't wait until 2018.

"I love playing the game and looking forward to just learning more about the game (with Melbourne)."

Demons coach Michael Stinear said Melbourne was delighted to have taken Zanker with their top selection.

 "Eden's an exciting, developing young talent, but also an outstanding person, which is important for us," Stinear said.

"We're excited about what she can do."

Zanker, who stands 182cm, is the second player from the Tigers team to be drafted to an AFLW club following Bella Ayre, taken by Carlton in the inaugural draft last year.

Ayre, who played six games and kicked four goals for the Blues during the debut season, was traded to the Brisbane Lions, where she will play in the upcoming season.

Zanker put her name up in lights after starring for Victoria Country at the Under-18 National Championships, earning All-Australian selection at full-forward after finishing the event as leading goalkicker.

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