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Sturt's Women's team before the bounce of a trial match against South Adelaide. Picture - Mike Brooks

SANFL’s ZAC MILBANK breaks down all you need to know about the Double Blues heading into the 2021 Statewide Super Women’s League season.

2020 Most Improved Player Amy Brooks-Birve celebrates a goal in a trial match against South. Picture – Peter Swan

2020 Snapshot

Finished – 6th

Record – 2 wins, 7 losses, 1 draw

Club Champion – Zoe Prowse

Most Improved Player – Amy Brooks-Birve

The Advertiser SANFLW Team of the Year – Zoe Prowse (ruck)

Sturt’s Zoe Prowse is one of two Croweaters selected in the AFLW Academy.

Player Movement

Coming
Jess Good (Blackwood/basketball), Molly Fletcher (Uraidla/soccer), Alysha Gepp (Uraidla), Lily Whitcombe (Blackwood), Grace Powell (Unley Jets), Millie McCarthy (Unley Jets)

Going
Georgia Bevan (Gold Coast), Caitlyn Swanson (Glenelg), Jess Schulz (Central District), Brianna Burt (Central District), Paxton Davis-Mattner (West Adelaide), Tess Maple (Norwood), Hannah Drexler (retired), Caroline Burgess (retired)

Former Sturt captain Georgia Bevan will be missed after receiving a late call up to Gold Coast’s AFLW team.

2021 Statewide Super Women's League Matches

Round 1
Saturday February 27
v Glenelg at X Convenience Oval at 10.10am

Round 2
Saturday March 6
v Central at Hisense Stadium from 10.10am

Round 3
Friday March 12
v Norwood at Coopers Stadium from 7.45pm

Round 4
Saturday March 20
v South at Flinders University Stadium from 5pm

Round 5
Saturday March 27
v Eagles at X Convenience Oval from 10.10am

Round 6
Saturday April 3
v Glenelg at Adelaide Oval from 10.30am

Round 7
Saturday April 17
v West at Unley Oval from 12pm

Round 8
Saturday April 24
v Central at Tanunda Oval from 7pm

Round 9
Saturday May 1
v Eagles at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval from 11am

Round 10
Saturday May 8
v South at Prospect Oval from 10.30am

Round 11
Saturday May 15
v North at Unley Oval from 12.15pm

 

Star Signing

Jess Good may be new to footy but she’s expected to shine in the ruck in her debut season after making the transition from basketball. The former Adelaide Lightning and Norwood forward, measuring in at 185cm, doesn’t mind getting involved in the hunt for a contested ball while also boasting a long kick.

On the Rise - Powerade Breakthrough Player Candidate

Promoted to Sturt’s senior squad during summer, Lily Whitcombe has emerged as a potential starter in defence when Sturt tackles Glenelg in Round 1. From the Blackwood Football Club, Whitcombe is described as a natural footballer who reads the play well, ensuring she should slot nicely into a back pocket or across half-back.

Statewide Super SA U19 squad member Georgia Swan sweeps a handball away in a trial match against Norwood. Picture – Peter Swan

Statewide Super SA U19 Squad Members

Zoe Prowse – Athletic ruck who is one of just two South Aussies selected in the AFLW Academy. Led the competition for hitouts while also doing plenty of damage around the ground to be selected in the SANFLW Team of the Year.

Alex Ballard – Flexible utility who can play at either end of the ground but has been trialled through the midfield this summer. Sister of Gold Coast’s Charlie Ballard is considered Sturt’s Miss Fix It.

Hannah Prenzler – Retained her place in the senior leadership group for 2021 with her mature outlook on the game. Impressive skills while understanding the defensive requirements of the game.

Georgia Swan – Has developed rapidly during summer, chiefly due to her increased aerobic capacity. Has a natural kick and strong overhead mark.