Mia King is the latest Tasmanian to be added to the AFLW Allies team, to compete in Gold Coast at the AFLW Under 18 National Championships, next week.
King, 16, is a youth girls player for East Launceston in the NTJFA, she is also a rookie listed player in the TSL W, debuting at senior level against Burnie last weekend.
The talented youngster will be added to the Allies squad along with six other Tasmanians, all based out of the north and north west of Tasmania. The championships will be a great experience for King who is bottom aged player and will have another two years of the Academy program ahead of her before becoming eligible for the AFLW draft.
“Mia is a bottom ager and an exciting developing inside midfielder, who will get invaluable experience out of the program as she still has two more years to wait before she is draftable,” AFL Tasmania’s Leigh Elder said.
King was originally identified from the state’s Kickstart program at the Diversity Championships, a program that is currently trialing players for 2017.
“As we now have a Kickstart and All nations team, it creates a true pathway for players before being identified for the Academy,” Elder said.
King’s inclusion makes for a strong Tasmanian contingent in the Allies team, with a total of seven players.
Daria Bannister – Launceston
Courtney Webb – Launceston
Georgia Hill – Launceston
Lauren Stevenson – Burnie/Latrobe
Chloe Haines – Burnie
Libby Haines – Burnie
Mia King – East Launceston/Launceston
“It is fantastic to have seven players in the Allies squad and it is outstanding and great reward for all those that have been working hard through our development and academy programs,” Elder explained.
“We hope that this level of selection only continues as we develop the pathway for our elite young talent.”
The Allies will be coached by AFLW Premiership coach Bec Goddard.
“It will be a great experience for all the girls to work with a coach of the calibre of Bec Goddard.”
The Allies will play New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia from 10 July – 15 July, in Gold Coast.