The AFL’s female talent search campaign will continue in Queensland this Sunday, February 7, at Anglican Church Grammar after a hugely successful trail in Melbourne on Saturday.
More than 150 female athletes who are currently active in other sports were in attendance, and were provided with the opportunity to test their football fitness and skills.
Similar sessions will be conducted across Australia and will seek new talent amongst athletes who are not currently registered as Australian football players.
Athletes will experience testing in the morning session similar to the Draft Combine; standing and running vertical jumps, agility, 20m sprint and the shuttle run (beep test).
Participants will then get an opportunity to demonstrate their football skills in an afternoon session, as well as showcasing their decision-making, spatial awareness and appetite to compete.
Athletes who display skills and athleticism suited to Australian Football will be invited to join established High Performance Academies in each state to help fast-track their development.
Queenslanders don’t have to look too far back to find someone who has successfully made the code switch.
Jenna McCormick, a Canberra United W-League player, impressed so much in her handful of games for Coorparoo in the QWAFL last year, that she was selected in the Queensland women’s team for their game against NSW/ACT.
She dominated on the wing that game, finishing with 17 possessions, five marks and a goal.
AFL Queensland Female High Performance Manager Craig Starcevich is thrilled to have the opportunity to scout some new talent from around the state.
“If you look around in the Youth Girls and Women’s Academy, there are a lot of players who have experience in other sports, and are now fantastic football players,” he said.
“It’s really exciting that we have another opportunity to uncover some more talent here in Queensland.”
Registrations for the event close on February 2. You can register HERE