Ten Queenslanders have been named as part of the Woomeras and Medleys squads named by the AFL today.
More than 75 of the country’s most promising 16-and-under girls footballers with Indigenous or multicultural backgrounds will come together on the Gold Coast next week.
The Woomeras comprise Indigenous talent, while the Medleys is made up of players with a parent born outside of Australia.
The Woomeras and Medleys squad will compete in a range of football activities as part of a three-day camp from Monday, July 3 to Wednesday, July 5.
This will include competing in matches at Heritage Bank Stadium on Tuesday and Austworld Centre Oval on Wednesday.
Both the Woomeras and Medleys squads will be split into two teams for the matches, with double-headers to be played at both venues each day.
Tuesday’s matches at Heritage Bank Stadium will be played at 2:40pm and 3:50pm, with Wednesday’s matches at Austworld Centre Oval to be played at 11:00am and 12:30pm.
In addition to the four matches, the three-day camp will also include training and recovery sessions, along with cultural and personal development activities.
AFL National Diversity Talent Manager, Pauly Vandenbergh, said: “It’s fantastic to have the 2023 Woomeras and Medleys squads come together and we are very excited to work with all participants who have been selected.
“Over the years we have seen how beneficial the Woomeras and Medleys programs have been for the participants who have featured in the programs.
“Being involved in the Woomeras and Medleys squads is a significant part of each participant’s development and journey as young footballers and young women.
“The main object of the programs is to provide a culturally safe environment for the players and staff involved to experience the standards and expectations of a talent pathway programs, enabling our young people to better transition and remain in the talent pathway system.”
Former Fremantle and West Coast player Alicia Janz and Box Hill Hawks vice-captain Jordy Mifsud have been appointed head coaches of the Woomeras, with Cassie Davidson and Danica Pederson to serve as assistant coaches. Jason Williams will provide support as coaching mentor.
The Medleys will be coached by Western Jets assistant coach Ali Hamad, with Burcu Alpozgen, Abbie Galea and Bianka Tsan also part of the coaching panel.
The Woomeras and Medleys three-day program features as part of an action-packed week of talent pathways activities on the Gold Coast.
All ten teams competing in the 2023 AFL National Development Championships – U16 Boys will be in action for Round 2 and 3 of the tournament. Matches will be played at Heritage Bank Stadium and Fankhauser Reserve.
Additionally, under 19 boys and girls representative teams from Nauru and Papua New Guinea will feature in showcase matches at Austworld Cente Oval on Wednesday, July 5 following the Woomeras vs Medleys double-header.
How to watch: A live stream of the Woomeras vs Medleys matches will be available here.
Continue below to see the 2023 Woomeras and Medleys squads.
Kyra Abbott – Quinn Districts
Ayla Airdrie – Noosa Tigers
Peppa Alcorn-Savins – Tweed Coast Tigers
Summer Browning – Tweed Coast Tigers
Tameka Chambers – Cardiff Hawks
Erin Conn – Glenunga
Christie Cooper – Hectorville
Jorja Davey – Palmerston Magpies
Shakeeyah Dempster – North Mandurah
Eliza Dennis – Penguin
Mia Dimento – St Peters
Yve Fittock – Northern District Tigers
Scarlet Galvin – Lavington Panthers
Demi Holloway – Salisbury North
Charli Hunter – Orange Tigers
Georgia Keating – Cairns City Lions
Talayah Kunoth – South Alice Springs
Lloydessa Kwilla – Chittering
Emmersen Lihou – Werrimull
Danika McDonald – Federal
Naveiah Miller – Mallee Park
Ella Moodie – Wynard
Rikisha Nannup -Wanneroo
Jyearah Newchurch – Salisbury Noth
Savannah Newton – Cardiff Hawks
Taya Radford – Circular Head
Shakana Rankine – Darwin Buffaloes
Rianna Ryan – Darwin Buffaloes
Elleishca Sizer – Torquay
Khesan Starr – Fremantle City
Michelle Vanzuyden – Sandhurst
Ashanti Walker – Shepparton United
Chrishani Warren – Central Augusta
Maya Wauchope – Nightcliff
Shaya Yarran – Kelmscott
Latoya Young – South Alice Springs
Diya Asthana – Kew Comets
Tiarni Barry – Balnarring
Lily Bartholomaeus – Brighton Districts & Old Scholars
Raffael Baviello – Noosa Tigers
Remi Baviello – Noosa Tigers
Penny Coleman – North Gambier
Enah Desic – Mt Gravatt
Keira Dhanapala – Ferntree Gully Eagles
Coleen Egan – Strathmore
Miyu Endersby – Angaston
Alexia Gemci – Pearcedale Baxter
Jade Gundry – Waverley Park Hawks
Lunay Heever – Joondalup Kinross
Lelanni Kikoak – North Launceston
Tanay Martin – Cairns Hawks
Sarina McDermid – Freeling
Daisy Minz – Sherwood
Avuya Nomlatyu – Willetton
Sava Ogrodowski – Brighton Districts & Old Scholars
Melhoney Pambai – Seymour
Melrose Pambai – Seymour
Rachel Pereira – Kew Comets
Zoe Petrides – Morningside
Darcie Prosser-Shaw – Baulkam Hills
Marley Rhodes – Camden Cats
Peggy Rock – Nightcliff
Bonnie Ryan-Betts – Rovers
Jennifer Sawyers – East Ringwood
Grace Sim – Edwardstown
Lily Sullivan – Willoughby
Mahnoor Tariq – Claremont
Fatoumata Toure – Bayswater
Gabi White – Kingborough Tigers
Seren White – St Ives
Jenna Whitehand – Forest Districts
Zoe Wright – Waverley Park Hawks
Kiera Yerbury – St Ives