AFLW draftee Sarah Hartwig is taking everything in her stride this pre-season.

With smaller training groups, a strict training schedule, and COVID protocols to comply with, the 18-year-old admits she’s still finding her feet at VU Whitten Oval.

“It’s been a little bit overwhelming – sometimes I find myself (thinking) ‘Oh my gosh, where do I go?’, but I’ve found it really enjoyable, ” Hartwig told following the end of week one of pre-season.

“Everyone has been really good though, and it’s been good in a small group as well because I (have the opportunity) to get closer with these girls rather than everyone at once.

“I’ve definitely learnt a lot of things already, and it’s only been the first week.”


Hartwig, an athletic defender with strong intercept marking, arrived at the Kennel via the Sandringham Dragons with pick 11 in the 2020 NAB AFLW Draft.

“It was really exciting, but I was shocked,” she recalled of draft night and sharing the moment with her family.

“I had people telling me rough ideas of what would happen, but I never actually knew what was going to happen.” 

Hartwig will run around in the number 15 guernsey, with the AFLW season scheduled to begin in February next year.