The initial squads and coaches for AFL Victoria’s Vic Country and Vic Metro teams for the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s U18 Championships have been announced.
Eastern Ranges are the best represented region with eight players selected, followed by Geelong Falcons, GWV Rebels with seven, Dandenong Stingrays, Calder Cannons, Oakleigh Chargers, Northern Knights, Sandringham Dragons with six, Bendigo Pioneers, Gippsland Power, Murray Bushrangers with four each and Western Jets with three.
The Country and Metro squads will first come together for training after the completion of the TAC Cup Girls season, meeting at IKON Park on Sunday May 20 before another session at Windy Hill on Sunday June 3.
Country and Metro will meet at both U18 and U16 level on Saturday June 16 at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong, before the remaining NAB AFL Women’s U18 Championships fixtures will be played on the Gold Coast, with Country and Metro playing in three games across Monday July 9, Wednesday July 11 and Friday July 13.
As well as the squads, the coaching panels have been announced for the upcoming NAB AFL Women’s U18 Championships, with a number of experienced TAC Cup Girls coaches and AFL W players part of the panels for 2018.
Murray Bushrangers Sam Ahmet and Eastern Ranges Tom Humphrey have been named as the Vic Country and Vic Metro coaches respectively, and will have the following assistants: Country – Jason Armistead (Geelong Falcons), Natalie Wood (former Darebin player and current Geelong VFL W assistant coach), Metro – Marcus Abney-Hastings (Northern Knights), Paul Tilley (Calder Cannons).
AFL Victoria Female Talent Manager Darren Flanigan said It is pleasing to have a number of current TAC Cup Girls head coaches overseeing the U18 teams.
“Both Sam and Tom have good knowledge of the competition and the players within it,” Flanigan said.
“We have been able to attract strong assistant coaching staff as well, which the players will benefit from.
“The Academy program provides players with the perfect opportunity to test themselves against the best players at this level, and start to showcase their capabilities to recruiters for the upcoming AFL W draft later in the year.
“Draftees such as Darcy Guttridge, Eden Zanker, Bridie Kennedy and Maddy Guerin all performed well at the 2017 championships, which certainly helped their draft chances later in the year.
“It is a great learning experience to be part of the U18 Academy program, learning from other players and coaches in the competition.”
At a U16 level, players selected will benefit from being mentored by current and former AFL W and VFL W players Melissa Hickey (Melbourne / Darebin), Emma Grant (Collingwood), Katherine Smith (Melbourne) and Lauren Morecroft (Essendon VFLW).
“The ability of these players to provide their time will only benefit the those selected in our program,” Flanigan said.
“Playing at the highest level possible, they will be able to share their experiences from the various levels of the female talent pathway, and help educate and develop these players to be ready to take the next step with their football.
The championships will begin June, with list reductions made in the lead-up to the first game.
June 16 – Vic Country vs Vic Metro at GMHBA Stadium, Geelong
July 9, 11, 13 – Vic Country, Vic Metro, WA, Queensland, Eastern Allies (NSW/ACT & Tas), Central Allies (SA & NT)
June 10 – Vic M v SA in Horsham & Vic C v NSW/ACT in Albury
June 16 – Vic Country vs Vic Metro at GMHBA Stadium, Geelong
*U16 squads will be released on Wednesday
U18 INITIAL SQUADS
|Kate Douglas||171||19/7/2001||Bendigo Pioneers|
|Kodi Jacques||163||27/9/2000||Bendigo Pioneers|
|Maddi Baldwin||173||3/12/2001||Bendigo Pioneers|
|Megan Williamson||158||3/2/2000||Bendigo Pioneers|
|Courtney Jones||168||10/9/2000||Dandenong Stingrays|
|Isabella Shannon||169||30/6/2001||Dandenong Stingrays|
|Jordyn Allen||174||6/7/2000||Dandenong Stingrays|
|Lucinda Cripps||175||6/12/2001||Dandenong Stingrays|
|Molly McDonald||167||4/5/2001||Dandenong Stingrays|
|Shelley Heath||160||3/5/2000||Dandenong Stingrays|
|Abbey Chapman||172||15/4/2001||Geelong Falcons|
|Denby Taylor||170||16/2/2000||Geelong Falcons|
|Lucy McEvoy||172||13/5/2001||Geelong Falcons|
|Nina Morrison||167||13/12/2000||Geelong Falcons|
|Olivia Purcell||161||5/9/2000||Geelong Falcons|
|Tarryn Love||165||3/8/2000||Geelong Falcons|
|Zoe Inei||184||17/10/2000||Geelong Falcons|
|Amy Dunn||180||31/10/2000||Gippsland Power|
|Emily Hausler||163||28/9/2000||Gippsland Power|
|Nikia Webber||169||29/8/2001||Gippsland Power|
|Tyla Hanks||157||15/2/2000||Gippsland Power|
|Ella Wood||164||14/2/2001||Greater Western Victoria Rebels|
|Georgia Clarke||177||23/6/2000||Greater Western Victoria Rebels|
|Lauren Butler||170||20/11/2000||Greater Western Victoria Rebels|
|Nyakoat Dojiok||180||7/1/2001||Greater Western Victoria Rebels|
|Rene Caris||184||18/3/1999||Greater Western Victoria Rebels|
|Sophie Molan||176||24/3/2001||Greater Western Victoria Rebels|
|Sophie Van De Huevel||171||10/12/2000||Greater Western Victoria Rebels|
|Bec Webster||172||22/10/2000||Murray Bushrangers|
|Julia Harvey||164||28/4/2000||Murray Bushrangers|
|Millie Brown||176||15/1/2001||Murray Bushrangers|
|Tamara Smith||161||5/6/2000||Murray Bushrangers|
|Carla Rendelmann||182||4/9/2000||Calder Cannons|
|Felicity Theodore||159||14/3/2001||Calder Cannons|
|Georgia Patrikios||171||30/3/2001||Calder Cannons|
|Grace Dicker||167||17/1/2001||Calder Cannons|
|Maddy Prespakis||164||2/11/2000||Calder Cannons|
|Molly Warburton||170||10/8/2000||Calder Cannons|
|Charlotte Wilson||177||29/12/2000||Eastern Ranges|
|Emmerson Woods||171||12/7/2000||Eastern Ranges|
|Gabbi De Angelis||155||17/11/2000||Eastern Ranges|
|Georgia McPherson||173||21/2/2000||Eastern Ranges|
|Jenna Richardson||169||16/10/2001||Eastern Ranges|
|Laura McClelland||175||3/7/2001||Eastern Ranges|
|Lauren Szigeti||162||28/2/2000||Eastern Ranges|
|Mikayla Cann||173||4/11/2000||Eastern Ranges|
|Sarah Kendall||178||8/1/2000||Eastern Ranges|
|Britney Gutknecht||167||20/4/2001||Northern Knights|
|Gabbi Newton||178||31/8/2001||Northern Knights|
|Maddy Brancatisano||169||5/9/2000||Northern Knights|
|Marnie Jarvis||160||3/5/2000||Northern Knights|
|Neve O’Connor||183||23/4/2000||Northern Knights|
|Sarah Sansonetti||173||2/8/2001||Northern Knights|
|Bridie Winbanks||184||27/9/2000||Oakleigh Chargers|
|Daisy Bateman||166||20/2/2000||Oakleigh Chargers|
|Gemma Lagioia||160||3/5/2001||Oakleigh Chargers|
|Hannah McLaren||176||10/5/2000||Oakleigh Chargers|
|Katie Lynch||179||6/4/2000||Oakleigh Chargers|
|Nicola Xenos||161||8/3/2001||Oakleigh Chargers|
|Abbie McKay||171||15/11/2000||Sandringham Dragons|
|Eleanor Brown||176||20/1/2000||Sandringham Dragons|
|Holly Bate||180||6/1/2000||Sandringham Dragons|
|Jasmine Tait||165||22/3/2000||Sandringham Dragons|
|Jemma Owen||165||20/7/2000||Sandringham Dragons|
|Molly Denahy Moloney||175||25/2/2001||Sandringham Dragons|
|Cleo Saxon-Jones||181||4/11/2001||Western Jets|
|Elizabeth Georgiostathis||162||17/10/2001||Western Jets|
|Isabella Grant||176||21/9/2001||Western Jets|