Youth Girls Squad Named

Selectors have named a Queensland Youth Girls squad of 27 players and four emergencies for the seventh Youth Girls AFL National Championships to be held in Melbourne from May 2 to 6.

Queensland was Division 1 runner up to Victoria Metro in last year’s championships and will enter the 2016 carnival with high expectations.

Those picked include 2015 Western Bulldogs draftee Tahlia Randall and small forward Shaleise Law, who kicked four goals against NSW/ACT on debut with the Queensland Women’s team last year.

The squad boasts some serious sporting pedigree; including Shae Adams – niece of Brisbane Lions’ legend Jonathan Brown, Sophie Conway – sister of former Lions’ rookie Isaac Conway, and Lauren Bella, daughter of former NRL star Anthony Bella.

The final squad was chosen based on performances in two trial matches under the Gold Coast SUNS vs. Brisbane Lions banner, combine testing and commitment to the Queensland Youth Girls Academy summer program which has been running since November.

By region; Gold Coast is represented by eight players, followed by Sunshine Coast (six), Brisbane South (four), Darling Downs (three), Brisbane North (two), Capricornia (two), Cairns (one), and Mackay (one).

AFL Queensland High Performance Manager Craig Starcevich said there has never been a more exciting time to be a female football player.

“The depth of talent across our state has grown significantly over the past couple of years which has made selection for this team very competitive,” said Starcevich.

“Our State Academy has been established to not only prepare players for national carnivals, but to also develop high level club players, with a long term view to becoming AFL National Women’s League players.”

Following the National Championships the Academy will play a Gold Coast SUNS vs. Brisbane Lions game at Metricon Stadium as a curtain raiser to the AFL Round 11 Gold Coast SUNS v Sydney Swans match on June 4.

2016 Queensland Youth Girls Squad

Indiah Collings 164 Brisbane South Vixens Sheldon
Gabby Collingwood 163 Brisbane South Vixens Forest Lake
Alanna Perry 162 Brisbane South Vixens Karalee
Tarni White 164 Brisbane South Vixens Capalaba
Molly Cooper 176 Darling Downs Demons Cotswold Hills
Shaleise Law 159 Darling Downs Demons Wondai
Jessi Henning 180 Darling Downs Demons Dalby
Jess Watts 167 Gold Coast Sunsets Carrara
Shae Adams 177 Gold Coast Sunsets Burleigh Heads
Courtney Bromage 162 Gold Coast Sunsets Forestdale
Ruby Blair 158.5 Gold Coast Sunsets Elanora
Kalinda Howarth 166.5 Gold Coast Sunsets Helensvale
Arianna Clarke 169.5 Gold Coast Sunsets Mudgeeraba
Maddy Coe 157 Gold Coast Sunsets Robina
Tori Groves- Little 167 Gold Coast Sunsets Beenleigh
Tahlia Randall 176 Sunshine Coast Storm Warana
Jemma Abbott 167 Sunshine Coast Storm Mountain Creek
Raegan Mills 159 Sunshine Coast Storm Doonan
Taylah Day 179 Sunshine Coast Storm Mudjimba
Brianna Howell 170 Sunshine Coast Storm Maroochydore
Courtney Murphy 180 Sunshine Coast Storm Buderim
Sophie Conway 168 Brisbane North Brumbies Bracken Ridge
Jacqui Yorston 165 Brisbane North Brumbies Albany Creek
Tashina Ketchup 169 Capricornia Cobras Gracemere
Taivia Dunne 179 Capricornia Cobras Alton Downs
Elisha King 172 North Queensland Stars Westcourt
Lauren Bella 185 Mackay Vipers Sarina
   
Chloe MacDonald 161 Darling Downs Demons Pittsworth
Alice Mason 167 Darling Downs Demons Centenary Heights
Abby Molloy 162 Brisbane South Vixens Upper Mt Gravatt
Anna Van de Wiel 166 Brisbane North Brumbies Albany Creek

 

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