SANFL’s elite female youth talent was showcased in an inaugural Adelaide versus Port Adelaide Next Generation Academy Showdown at Football Park last night.
The best under-16 female elite players from each of the eight SANFL Clubs were nominated in late 2018 for the Crows and Power academy programs, which have held training sessions since December.
Sturt, North Adelaide, Glenelg and Central District prospects form the Crows Academies Girls Elite Talent Squad, while West Adelaide, South Adelaide, Norwood and Eagles’ best young talent represent Port Adelaide’s Female Talent Next Generation Academy.
Players were nominated for the Academy programs following the Statewide Super Shield U15 competition held in September 2018.
SANFL Female Talent Manager Robbie Neill said the Academy programs replaced the previous State Academy format in 2018 to provide an elite environment for emerging female talent on a pathway to the Statewide Super Women’s League and AFLW.
“The AFL-based Academy Programs is a collaborative approach with SANFL to developing female talent pathways in SA,” Neill said.
“The program also provides the best under-age talent with a unique opportunity to experience AFL facilities and training, and to match up against the best players of the same age.”
Three matches will be played between the Crows and Power Academies, with a State U16s squad to be selected following the final game on April 18.
The SA U16 State Team, coached by SANFL’s Jason Rivett, will play Vic Country on June 9 in Mt Gambier.
“The Adelaide Football Club, via our Crows Academies model, is excited to extend our presence in South Australian talent pathway programs to now include emerging female talent,” said Crows Academies Manager Jarrod Meers.
“Since the AFL, SANFL and AFL clubs have signed off on a commitment to support and work with the talented young footballers, our Crows Academies Girls Elite Talent Squad members have been able to experience the ultimate AFLW setting,” Meers said.
“What better way than having AFLW Premiership and All Australian Captain Chelsea Randall mentoring the girls.”
Power Next Generation Academy Manager Shane Grimm said the program was helping the club continue its commitment to female football pathways.
“The Port Adelaide Football Club has had a long history of developing talented footballers within South Australia and the Next Generation Academies continues to allow us to be a major part of the talent pathway within the SANFL and our aligned NGA clubs,” Grimm said.
“It is exciting for the Club to expand our programs to involve talented female footballers who are now able to be involved in a pathway from community football through to the AFLW.
“It is also important that we are providing a pathway for female coaches to gain experience and move into AFLW and we are proud to have Naomi Maidment as coach of our under 16 NGA girls.”
Crows Academies Girls Elite Talent squad Power Female Talent Next Generation Academy
Darcie Brown Central Emily Smith South Adelaide
Zoe Perry Central Ella Radbone South Adelaide
Nikki Cullen Central Jorja Hooper South Adelaide
Libby Fiebiger Central Indiana Flynn South Adelaide
Taliyah Uncle Central Lauren Clifton South Adelaide
Cooper Hyde Central Teliya Hetaraka South Adelaide
Molly Fiebiger Central Callie Wilson South Adelaide
Brooke Tonon Glenelg Gypsy Schirmer South Adelaide
Hattie Cox Glenelg Bridie Nye South Adelaide
Ella Little Glenelg Kiahni Russell South Adelaide
Sarah Goodwin Glenelg Alana Cleary Norwood
Neave Delaney Glenelg Jess Williams Norwood
Matilda Scholz Glenelg Hayley Taheny Norwood
Natasha Christophers Glenelg Sachi Syme Norwood
Natasha Allison Glenelg Alana Lischmund Norwood
Hannah Ewings North Adelaide Cherylee Waters Eagles
Chelsea Rundle North Adelaide Avah Topp Eagles
Kate Case North Adelaide Jamie Parish Eagles
Amelie Borg North Adelaide Kelliah Maher Eagles
April Kerrison North Adelaide Alicia Gaffney Eagles
Zoe Prowse Sturt Lauren Young West Adelaide
Georgia Swan Sturt Zoe Venning West Adelaide
Holly Temby Sturt Keeley Kustermann West Adelaide
Charlotte Hurn Sturt Taylah Jane West Adelaide
Grace Powell Sturt Scarlett Griffiths West Adelaide
Taylor Lucey Sturt Chloe Schwarz Eagles
Kiera Mueller Sturt Madison Schwarz Eagles