2023 Woomeras and Medleys programs to feature on Gold Coast

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

Shakeah Johnson 

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

Ashanti Nesbit 

Jyearah Newchurch – Salisbury Noth

Savannah Newton – Cardiff Hawks

Skyanna Peterson

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 

Stephanie Massaboi

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



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