The best-performing SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League players in 2019 will have the opportunity to play in two historic Crows versus Power women’s SANFL showdown games next year.
The exhibition series, to follow the SANFLW season, will see the Power represented by senior women for the first time.
In a boost to the AFLW Draft hopes of emerging SA players, the two teams will be selected under the same SANFL alignments as the Next Generation Academies currently in operation at SA’s two AFL clubs.
Sturt, North Adelaide, Glenelg and Central District prospects will line up for Adelaide while West Adelaide, South Adelaide, Norwood and Eagles hopefuls will be chosen for Port Adelaide.
Adelaide will host Port Adelaide in the first encounter at City Mazda Stadium on Saturday June 8, before the SANFL Statewide Super League match between Adelaide and West Adelaide.
Port Adelaide will then return the favour at Alberton Oval on Sunday July 21, ahead of the SANFL Statewide Super League game between the Magpies and Glenelg.
SANFL General Manager of Football Adam Kelly said the new series would provide great incentive to the rising stars of the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League to push their claims in an elite environment ahead of the 2019 AFLW Draft.
”This initiative complements the expansion of the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League in 2019,” Kelly said.
”Importantly, it provides for the aspiration of players in the competition. The players will have the opportunity to compete against the best players from the League and at the same time, will be given an AFL club experience. This will support their development and allow them to showcase their abilities in the lead up to the 2019 AFLW Draft.”
Port Adelaide Football Club’s SANFL and Next Generation Academy Manager, Shane Grimm, said Port Adelaide welcomed the club’s two-game Women’s football series against the Crows.
“We already have an under 16 female talent squad who will play three games against the Crows,” he said.
“Port Adelaide is delighted to be involved in the female talent pathway to the AFLW competition and we remain committed to promoting and developing Women’s football at a grassroots level here in South Australia.”
Adelaide Football Club’s General Manager of Football Administration, Phil Harper, said the concept would be beneficial when it came to scouting ahead of the AFLW Draft.
“These games will be a great opportunity for aspiring AFLW players to show their ability against all the best players in the SANFL,” Harper said.
“The Club is committed to growing the game in both South Australia and the Northern Territory and helping young girls fulfil their football dreams.”
Pictured above – Caitlyn Swanson (Sturt) and Rhiannon Busch (Norwood)
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