Poppy Kelly becomes a Tiger

Richmond has welcomed exciting ruck Poppy Kelly onto its AFLW list for 2022.

The Tigers traded pick No. 48 in the 2021 AFLW Draft, which they secured on Monday as part of a trade with Collingwood, in exchange for the 22-year-old.

Kelly, 184cm, has enjoyed a rapid rise up the football ranks since joining the Southern Saints VFLW side in 2019 with just a handful of games to her name. 

Richmond has welcomed exciting ruck Poppy Kelly onto its AFLW list.

The former basketballer’s athletic prowess and natural skills stood out, and it wasn’t long before she was promoted to St Kilda’s inaugural AFLW list as a rookie.

She became a valuable contributor for the Saints in their maiden AFLW season, averaging 14 hit-outs, nine disposals and four clearances per game after making her debut in Round 4.

Kelly then played three games across the 2021 season, averaging seven disposals per game.

Poppy Kelly competes against West Coast’s Alicia Janz in a ruck contest during the 2021 AFLW season.

Richmond Head of Women’s Football, Kate Sheahan, said the Tigers had been impressed by Kelly’s raw talent and strong presence in the air.

“We can’t wait to see what Poppy can bring to our Club,” Sheahan said.

“Her athleticism and ruck craft will complement our ruck stocks well.

“She’s still relatively new to the sport too, so we see a lot of upside in her and are excited for her to continue developing at Richmond.”

Story – Richmond FC