Ten of Western Australia's most promising young female footballers have been named in the 2019 NAB AFL Women’s Academy squads.
Mikayla Bowen (Swan Districts), Rosie Deegan (Subiaco), Courtney Hodder (Peel Thunderbirds), pictured, Emma O'Driscoll (Swan Districts), Tayla Pescud (Swan Districts) and Roxanne Roux (East Fremantle), have been named in the Level 2 squad, while Abbey Dowrick (Subiaco), Brianna Hyde (Swan Districts), Mikayla Hyde (Swan Districts) and Sarah Verrier (Peel Thunderbirds) have been included in the Level 1 squad.
They will each receive a NAB AFL Women’s Academy scholarship that provides high performance camps and personal development opportunities over a 12-month period.
The first of three camps will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra from December 16.
The players will also join AFLW club training sessions throughout the pre-season.
AFLW Talent Manager Aasta O’Connor said after just two years the NAB AFLW Academy is achieving great results.
“At the recent NAB AFLW Draft, 19 Academy players joined AFLW clubs,” Ms O’Connor said.
“With four further expansion teams entering the AFLW competition in 2020, the high performance coaching we provide these players is even more important.”
The 2019 NAB AFLW Academy squad has been selected after the 2018 NAB AFLW Under-18 Championships by a newly formed AFLW Academy Advisory group which has representatives from AFLW clubs and AFL state bodies; Bree Brock (Brisbane Lions), Trent Cooper (Fremantle), Alan McConnell (GWS Giants), Darren Flanigan (AFL Victoria), Luke Power (AFL), Luke Brennan (AFL), Gary Nicholls (AFLW Academy), Nicole Livingstone (AFL) and Aasta O’Connor (AFL).
Level Two Squad
Lillian Doyle 1/04/2001 Grafton NSW/ACT
Georgia Garnett 9/05/2001 Kellyville/Rouse Hill Magpies NSW/ACT
Tarni White 31/01/2001 Coorparoo QLD
Charlotte Hammans 18/03/2001 Bond University QLD
Kitara Farrar 28/03/2001 South Cairns Cutters QLD
Belle Dawes 11/05/2001 Wilston Grange QLD
Dee Heslop 30/07/2001 Yeronga QLD
Lily Postlethwaite 29/10/2001 Moreton Bay Lions QLD
Serene Watson 3/11/2001 Bond University QLD
Ellie Hampson 8/12/2001 Hermit Park Tigers QLD
Jaimi Tabb 9/02/2001 Woodville-West Torrens SA
Montana McKinnon 14/07/2001 South Adelaide SA
Mia King 6/05/2001 Launceston TAS
Millie Brown 15/01/2001 Murray Bushrangers VIC
Sophie Molan 24/03/2001 GWV Rebels VIC
Georgia Patrikios 30/03/2001 Calder Cannons VIC
Britney Gutknecht 20/04/2001 Northern Knights VIC
Molly McDonald 4/05/2001 Dandenong Stingrays VIC
Lucy McEvoy 13/05/2001 Geelong Falcons VIC
Isabella Shannon 3/06/2001 Dandenong Stingrays VIC
Laura McClelland 3/07/2001 Eastern Ranges VIC
Gabrielle Newton 31/08/2001 Northern Knights VIC
Isabella Grant 21/09/2001 Western Jets VIC
Cleo Saxon-Jones 4/11/2001 Western Jets VIC
Lucinda Cripps 6/12/2001 Dandenong Stingrays VIC
Emma O'Driscoll 22/04/2000 Swan Districts WA
Tayla Pescud 29/03/2001 Swan Districts WA
Mikayla Bowen 17/04/2001 Swan Districts WA
Roxanne Roux 10/11/2001 East Fremantle WA
Courtney Hodder 8/07/2000 Peel Thunderbirds WA
Rosie Deegan 16/05/2001 Subiaco WA
Level One Squad
Tarni Evans 1/02/2002 Queanbeyan Tigers NSW/ACT
Zimmie Farquharson 27/04/2002 Calamvale Leopards QLD
Annise Bradfield 9/12/2002 Southport QLD
Alyssa Bannan 13/04/2002 Northern Knights VIC
Olivia Barber 14/07/2002 Murray Bushrangers VIC
Alice Burke 3/10/2002 Sandringham Dragons VIC
Ellie McKenzie 17/10/2002 Northern Knights VIC
Tyanna Smith 29/10/2002 Dandenong Stingrays VIC
Olivia Meagher 10/12/2002 Eastern Ranges VIC
Maggie Caris 21/12/2002 GWV Rebels VIC
Isabella Simmons 19/04/2002 GWV Rebels VIC
Tarni Brown 26/03/2002 Eastern Ranges VIC
Isabelle Pritchard 8/03/2002 Western Jets VIC
Abbey Dowrick 23/09/2002 Subiaco WA
Brianna Hyde 12/01/2002 Swan Districts WA
Mikayla Hyde 12/01/2002 Swan Districts WA
Sarah Verrier 2/08/2002 Peel Thunderbirds WA
The NAB AFLW Academy is part of the NAB AFLW Rising Stars Program, which supports grassroots players and football communities and helps young Australians fulfil their dream of playing in the AFL & AFLW. The NAB AFLW Rising Stars Program comprises the following elements:
• NAB AFLW Rising Star
• NAB AFLW Draft
• NAB AFLW Draft Combine
• NAB AFLW Under-18 Championships
• NAB AFLW Academy
NAB has supported the footy community since 2002, providing boys and girls with a clear pathway from NAB AFL Auskick through to the NAB AFL Rising Stars Program all the way to the big time.