Draft watch: Stars of the AFL under-16 ladies Nationwide Improvement Championships


The AFL is holding its inaugural under-16 ladies Nationwide Improvement Championships. Listed here are the highest performers and the gamers who needs to be on the radar of each AFLW membership.

TWENTY-SEVEN years in the past Kevin Sheahan watched the likes of Matthew Pavlich and Adam Goodes play within the inaugural under-16 AFL nationwide championship.

Along with Luke Energy, Jude Bolton and a myriad of others they went on to grow to be legends of the sport.

Now Sheahan, the AFL’s expertise ambassador, is hoping the maiden under-16 ladies Nationwide Improvement Championships does the identical for the younger feminine footy stars throughout Australia.

Sheahan was available to witness the history-making opening video games at Bond College on Tuesday the place Gold Coast, Brisbane, GWS, Northern Territory and Tasmania all took to the sphere.

Sheahan has run the rule over the video games and revealed among the high performers who may at some point be drafted to AFLW golf equipment.

Gold Coast Suns Academy 12.14 (86) def Sydney Swans Academy 3.2 (20)



“An impressive efficiency for the Suns got here from Southport Sharks’ tall ahead/ruck Georja Davies who used not solely her top (183cm) however her mobility and talent in gathering 28 possessions taking 10 marks, having 19 hit outs and kicking 6 objectives making her the undisputed finest participant afield.”


“The daughter of former Carlton and St Kilda star Matthew Lappin) who amassed 27 possessions, had 7 clearances, and kicked a objective, along with midfielder Ava Usher who was spectacular all through together with her 28 disposals, 4 marks, 7 tackles and seven clearances each being stars for the Suns.”


“Resolute for the Swans all through had been midfielder KIERRA YERBURY (24 disposals and 10 tackles) and defender LAUREN APPLEBY (19 disposals and eight rebound 50s) to be amongst their higher gamers.”

Brisbane Lions Academy 19.10 (124) def GWS Giants Academy 2.4 (16)



“Backside-age midfield-forward, who turns 15 in September, had a formidable recreation with 25 disposals, having 11 inside 50s and kicking 3 objective.”


“One other bottom-ager who not too long ago turned 15, Geere was one other star taking part in throughout half again together with her intercept marking (she had 10 marks) and 15 neat disposals eye-catching.”


“The Giants had numerous promising contributors notably midfielders MOLLY MCLAREN (15 disposals) and ISIA WIENCKE (18 disposals) who each fought exhausting towards the tide.”

Northern Territory 3.7 (25) def by Tasmania 15.10 (100)


“Stars for the Devils included cell and robust marking ahead HARRIET BINGLEY who capitalised on their dominant midfield having 21 disposals, taking 8 marks and kicking 4 objectives in a formidable efficiency with that midfield capably led by the unrelenting and prolific PRIYA BOWERING together with her 33 disposals, 6 clearances and a objective a standout efficiency as nicely.”


“Among the many Thunder ladies to impress had been the very fleet of foot indigenous small forwards in AMBER WUNUNGMURRA (14 disposals and a objective) and MARIKA CARLTON (12 disposals) who had been shining lights for his or her group with each placing in promising shows and are stuffed with potential.”

Sydney Swans 8.4 (52) defeated GWS Giants 7.6 (48)


For the Swans, LUCY FINN was a transparent standout at half-forward. She used her physique nicely to win possession, confirmed nice poise when marking and displayed her sensible her foot abilities. A objective and two objective assists highlighted the influence she had. Was additionally sturdy when used within the ruck. SAVANNAH NEWTOWN led the way in which with 11 contested possesions, three inside 50s and a objective to cap a really busy efficiency within the midfield.

AYLA FLYNN’S top up ahead made a giant distinction within the third, kicking a objective and stamping her authority as a key goal. MADELINE QUINN seemed nice together with her overhead marking. She slotted dwelling a pair of objectives and confirmed good vary with the boot.


JERRAH CARUSO was merely excellent for the Giants. Her involvement as a small ahead was unimaginable, making use of fixed strain on the Swans defence and reaping the rewards. Confirmed composure together with her kicks and deserved her two objectives. She fashioned a fantastic partnership with LILA PARKER within the ahead line. Her tackling was distinctive and her presence alone intimidated the opposition. Additionally has a fantastic boot on her.

PHILOMENA GRIGG confirmed a willingness in defence and was good at interrupting the Swans movement. ROSE BELL was in every thing, kicking 4 objectives, getting inside 50 4 occasions and discovering 10 disposals as nicely.



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