Tasmania is represented in the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s Academy with Burnie twins Chloe and Libby Haines selected in the squad.
The talented pair follow in the footsteps of recent AFLW draftee Daria Bannister, who was in the Academy last year.
Please see below the statement from the AFL.
MEDIA RELEASE FROM AFL WOMEN’S
2018 NAB AFL Women’s Academy
The AFL is pleased to announce the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s Academy squads.
The second intake of 44 players will receive a NAB AFL Women’s Academy scholarship and will come together for accelerated Australian Football and personal development camps to be held within Australia over a 12-month period.
The squads are overseen by AFL Women’s Female Talent Operations Manager Aasta O’Connor and mentors Renee Forth and Ahmed Saad.
2017 AFLW best and fairest and Adelaide Crows premiership player Erin Phillips will join the AFLW Academy staff as a high performance coach.
The squads include players from every state and territory and includes 17 players who were members of the inaugural Academy.
The Academy will conduct its first camp in at the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre in Darwin in December.
The intake includes two squads; 15 Level One – players who are 16 years of age and 29 Level Two – which includes the best 17-year-olds across the country who are eligible for the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s Draft.
AFL Women’s Female Talent Operations Manager Aasta O’Connor said the squads were selected by AFL and state talent managers following the 2017 AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships.
“The success of the inaugural Academy can be seen with 11 players being added to AFLW lists at the recent NAB AFL Women’s Draft,” she said.
In the next 12 months we will be working to prepare the best young female talent for AFLW football.”
Academy players to have access to;
- Training with AFL Clubs (which occurs in November and December 2017)
- High Performance training camps in December and April
- Athlete management systems
- Expert AFL coaches, sports science and sports medicine staff
Level Two Squad
McKenzie Dowrick Coastal Titans WA
Sabreena Duffy Peel Thunderbirds WA
Courtney Hodder Peel Thunderbirds WA
Chloe Haines Burnie TAS
Libby Haines Burnie TAS
Tori Groves-Little Beenleigh QLD
Lauren Bella Bakers Creek Tigers QLD
Tahlia Hickie Coorparoo QLD
Nikki Gore Christies Beach SA
Danielle Ponter St Mary’s NT
Janet Baird Palmerston NT
Alyce Parker Thurgoona NSW/ACT
Jordyn Jolliffe Woorinen NSW/ACT
Jordyn Allen Dandenong Stingrays VIC C
Georgia Clarke GWV Rebels VIC C
Courtney Jones Dandenong Stingrays VIC C
Brooke Struylaart Dandenong Stingrays VIC C
Tyla Hanks Gippsland Power VIC C
Denby Taylor Geelong Falcons VIC C
Olivia Purcell Geelong Falcons VIC C
Nina Morrison Geelong Falcons VIC C
Sophie Van De Huevel GWV Rebels VIC C
Eliza Shannon Geelong Falcons VIC C
Rene Caris GWV Rebels VIC C
Becky Webster Murray Bushrangers VIC C
Madison Prespakis Calder Cannons VIC M
Emerson Woods Eastern Ranges VIC M
Georgia McPherson Eastern Ranges VIC M
Molly Warburton Calder Cannons VIC M
Level One Squad
Rosie Deegan South Fremantle WA
Mikayla Bowan Swan Districts WA
Tarni White Coorparoo QLD
Kitara Farrar South Cairns Cutters QLD
Lily Postlethwaite Moreton Bay Lions QLD
Dee Heslop Southport QLD
Belle Dawes Moreton Bay Lions QLD
Jamie Tabb West Adelaide SA
Maggie Gorham Belconnen Magpies NSW/ACT
Isabella Grant Western Jets VIC M
Georgia Patrikios Calder Cannons VIC M
Lucy McEvoy Geelong Falcons VIC C
Millie Brown Murray Bushrangers VIC C
Laura MccLelland Eastern Ranges VIC M
Gabrielle Newton Northern Knights VIC M
NAB is proud to support the development of female footballers throughout the country from grassroots players and football communities to the NAB AFL Women’s Competition.
The NAB AFL Women’s Academy is part of the NAB AFL Women’s Rising Stars Program.
The NAB AFL Women’s Rising Stars Program consists of the following elements:
• NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star
• NAB AFL Women’s Draft
• NAB AFL Women’s Draft Combine
• NAB AFL Women’s Under-16 Championships
• NAB AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships
• NAB AFL Women’s Academy
NAB has been supporting footy from grassroots to the elite level since 2002.