IC: The Mercury Newspaper

AFL Tasmania is pleased to announce the appointment of Leigh Elder as Female Talent Manager effective immediately.

Mr Elder has over two decades of experience working in football  and passion for female football and the growth of the game, he has been seconded in the position for the past six months and performed the role at a high standard. Also, prior to accepting this role he had been working in the female football space since well before the start of the inaugural AFL Women’s Season in 2017. He has a strong passion for female football and has been a big driver for female participation and talent in the game within Tasmania.

Following a highly competitive recruitment process, Mr Elder’s appointment will bring great knowledge, experience and passion to the role as Tasmania’s first dedicated full time female talent resource.

Mr Elder previously held the position of Football Development Manager at AFL Tasmania.

We congratulate Leigh on his appointment and look forward to his work in female football with a focus on talent within Tasmania.

The appointment comes the same week as the announcement that Tasmanian twins Chloe and Libby Haines have been invited to attend the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s Draft Combine.

After starring for the Burnie Dockers in the TSL W and for Tasmania and the Eastern Allies as part of the Under-18 National Championships, midfielder Chloe and defender Libby are part of a group of 36 players nominated by AFLW clubs to attend the Combine.

This group, considered among the elite juniors in the country, will take part in fitness and skills testing as well as interviews and information sessions at Etihad Stadium from October 2-3, with the National Draft to take place in the following weeks.