Queensland name squad for NAB AFLW Under-18 National Championships

By Ant Wingard @AntWingard

The Queensland Under-18 state representative side have named their 24-player squad for Round 2 of the NAB AFL Women’s Under-18 National Championships on the Gold Coast next week.

Four changes to the side have been made from the team that travelled to Perth last month for Round 1.

Among the inclusions are Zeckeisha Oakley (Rockhampton), Chloe Gregory (Maroochydore), Hayley Moore (Coorparoo) and Taylor Smith (Bond University).

Quartet Jemma Abbott (overage), Emmii-Lee Zanker-Close (shin stress). Jessi Henning (overage) and Uma Brenna will miss out.

Over the past month thirteen players in the side have garnered Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast SUNS experience through the Women’s AFL Winter Series.

The Brisbane and Gold Coast regions are well represented in Queensland’s side with seven players, while North Queensland (six), Sunshine Coast (two) and Darling Downs (one) make up the remainder of the squad.

Queensland will play three games next week in Round 2 across three venues on the Gold Coast, kicking off against Victoria Country at Metricon Stadium on Monday.

Wednesday will see Queensland host Victoria Country at Broadbeach and on Friday, the team will face the Eastern Allies at Bond University to conclude Round 2 of the NAB AFLW Under-18 National Championships.

Last night, the Queensland squad were presented with their playing gurenseys from current Brisbane Lions AFL Women’s players, Sabrina Frederick-Traub, Emily Bates and Shannon Campbell.

Speaking at the presentation, Queensland Head Coach, Craig Starcevich, was excited about the week ahead.

“We hope the next week will be a fantastic experience. I can’t wait to get down there,” Starcevich told aflq.com.au.

“It’s never been a better time to be a junior female footballer coming through.”

“We’re at home again so it means the other teams are coming to play us on our home turf. We’re familiar with the ground that we’re going to be playing on and it’s an exciting time.”


Queensland Team

Academy Jumper No. First Name Surname Ht. (cm) D.O.B. Club
Suns 1 Georgia Brehmer (VC) 156 12/10/00 Yeronga
Lions 4 Chloe Gregory 160.5 3-Oct-01 Narangba
Lions 5 Lily Postlethwaite 161 29-Oct-01 Moreton Bay
Lions 6 Zimmie Farquharson 173.5 27-Apr-02 Dalby
Lions 7 Belle Dawes 161 11-May-01 Wilston Grange
Lions 8 Jade Ellenger 164 4-Mar-00 Coorparoo
Lions 10 Jacqueline Yorston (VC) 165.4 25-Oct-00 Wilston Grange
Suns 14 Tori Groves-Little 167 13/10/00 Coorparoo
Suns 15 Zekeisha Oakley 167 11/8/01 Rockhampton
Suns 16 Zoe Wood 168 17/2/01 Coolangatta
Lions 17 Brooke Randall 168.5 13-Oct-00 Maroochydore
Suns 18 Ellie Hampson 169 8/12/01 Hermit Park
Suns 19 Dee Heslop 169 30/7/01 Yeronga
Lions 20 Natalie Grider (C) 170.5 10-Oct-00 UQ
Suns 22 Georgia Eller 173 18/10/01 Bond Uni
Lions 23 Hayley Moore 172 29-Mar-01 Coorparoo
Suns 24 Charlotte Hammans 172 18/3/01 Bond Uni
Suns 25 Madison Goodwin 174 7/3/00 Thuringowa
Suns 26 Serene Watson 175 3/11/01 Bond Uni
Suns 27 Tiarna Ahwang 177 15/1/01 North Cairns
Suns 28 Kitara Farrar 177 28/3/01 South Cairns
Suns 32 Taylor Smith 181 13/2/00 Bond Uni
Lions 34 Jesse Wardlaw 184.5 13-Jan-00 Coorparoo
Suns 35 Lauren Bella (VC) 188 12/9/00 Bond Uni


NAB AFL Women’s Under-18 National Championships Round 2 Fixture

Queensland v Vic Country
Monday, July 9 at 11am, Metricon Stadium

Vic Metro v Western Australia
Monday, July 9 at 1pm, Metricon Stadium

Eastern Allies v Central Allies
Monday, July 9 at 3pm, Metricon Stadium

Queensland v Vic Metro
Wednesday, July 11 at 11am, Broadbeach

Vic Country v Central Allies
Wednesday, July 11 at 1pm, Broadbeach

Western Australia v Eastern Allies
Wednesday, July 11 at 3pm, Broadbeach

Vic Metro v Central Allies
Friday, July 13 at 11am, Bond University

Queensland v Eastern Allies
Friday, July 13 at 1pm, Bond University

Vic Country v Western Australia
Friday, July 13 at 3pm, Bond University

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