Pocket Profile

2023 Sturt SANFLW Pocket Profile

Sturt premiership ruckman and Women's assistant Jack Osborn (centre) pictured with (L to R) - Jade Bayly, Tella Wise, Amy Brooks-Birve, Alex Pearce. Picture - Laura Evans

SANFL’s ZAC MILBANK breaks down all you need to know about the Double Blues heading into the 2023 SANFL Women’s League season.

2022 Snapshot

Finished – 2nd (Lost Grand Final to North Adelaide)

Record – 9 wins, 3 losses (Minor Round)

Best and Fairest – Georgia Bevan

Runner Up – Elsie Dawes

Third Place  – Alisha Gepp

The Advertiser SANFLW Team of the Year – Georgia Bevan (Half-Forward Flank), Kiera Mueller (Back Pocket), Isabelle Kuiper (Interchange), Michael O’Connor (Coach)

2022 Sturt SANFLW Best and Fairest Georgia Bevan, with P.T Morton Medallist Casey Voss.

Player Movement

Lucy Earl (Goolwa/Glenelg), Jasmin Fejo (Adelaide Lightning basketball), Amber Hopkins (Pembroke), Abby Pengelly (Pembroke), Neriah Milis (Victor Harbor), Lane Trenorden (returned)


Allani Dawes (West Adelaide), Georgia Hamilton (North Adelaide), Ellen Lynch (overseas), Nicole Baker (retired), Lucy Griffiths (retired)

Jade Soderstrom, niece of Mark Soderstrom, fires out a handball at preseason training. Picture – Laura Evans

2023 SANFLW Fixture - First Five Rounds

Round 1
Saturday February 18
South v Sturt (Flinders University Stadium) – 6pm

Round 2
Saturday February 25
Sturt v Central (Thebarton Oval) – 12pm

Round 3
Sunday March 5
Sturt v Glenelg (Thebarton Oval) – 12pm

Round 4
Sunday March 19
West v Sturt (Hisense Stadium) – 12pm

Round 5
Saturday March 25
Norwood v Sturt (The Parade) – 12pm

Star Signing - Lucy Earl

The Double Blues rarely recruit from outside the confines of Unley but when Glenelg premiership player Lucy Earl showed interest in a transfer, Sturt was happy to accommodate the 26-year-old.

Measuring in at 178cm, Earl, who has played 32 SANFLW League games, will give Sturt some size in the back half, with an ability to play on the talls and smalls.

Earl is keen to continue her family’s tradition at Oxford Terrace given her uncle Andrew Downes played 154 games for Sturt between 1978 and 1989.

One to Watch - Sophie Thredgold

Sophie Thredgold is a prime example of the exciting young talent continuing to flow through the ranks at Sturt.

A member of SANFL’s SA U16 Girls Academy, the niece of former club captain Chris Thredgold will be pushing for a SANFLW League debut in 2023.

The teenager’s running power has impressed coach Michael O’Connor, together with her ability to play multiple roles if required.


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