The AFL W All Star match will take centre stage in the bye week before AFL Finals kicks off and there will be Tasmanians involved on the big stage.
Tasmanian and Brisbane Lions AFL W player Jessica Wuetschner has been picked in the Allies team that will take on Victoria on September 2, 2017.
Wuetschner is a four-time premiership player locally with Clarence and a three time Tasmanian Women’s League medallist (2011-13).
Tasmania will also be represented in the umpiring ranks with goal umpire Bryce Guy selected to wave the flags in the big match.
Guy has been selected as one of the officiating Goal Umpires for the match after an outstanding AFL W season where his performances earned him an appointment in the AFL W Grand Final.
State Umpiring Manager and Coach Mike Brown said the game would be the highlight of Bryce’s career to date and a wonderful opportunity for a talented umpire.
“Bryce has had a very consistent year and as well as the AFL W, he was selected to be the Tasmanian Goal Umpire representative at the Under 18 National Championships in Melbourne where he also performed at a high standard.
“The match will be observed by the AFL Umpiring Department’s Coaches so a polished appointment will be another stepping stone in the long term goal of Bryce to make it to the AFL,” Brown explained.
Two of Tasmania’s brightest female football talents will also be involved in the All Star action, with Launceston’s Mia King and Daria Bannister named to play for Victoria in the Under 18 AFL W All Stars curtain raiser.
Both girls dominated at the Under 18 Championships and were selected in the All Australian team.
“The All Stars game is a great opportunity for our players to show their abilities at the highest level possible for Under 18 players and catch the eye of AFL W recruiters,” AFL Tasmania’s Leigh Elder said.
Bannister is a member of the NAB AFL W Academy and was selected for the Allies squad at the NAB AFLW U18 National Championship after strong performances in Tasmania against South Australia and Northern Territory.
Elder said the AFL W draft prospect’s class stood out at the championships and as a result, she has been rewarded with selection in the squad.
“She is strong, quick and very skillful and has the ability to play in any area of the ground.”
Mia King was a late call up to the Allies squad at the national championships after strong performances for Tasmania. Despite being a late call up the youngster who is not draft eligible until 2019, was brilliant at the Under 18 championships, leading to an All Star nod.
“Her attack on the ball is second to none and she impressed as an inside midfielder.
“Mia is a bottom age player so she has another two seasons of development before being draftable, so her opportunity at this level will accelerate her knowledge and experience,” Elder said.
Both will line up in the big V to take on the Allies in the Under 18 curtain raiser to the main event on September 2.