Another flag in the bag, but young Crows are just getting started

JONES. Ponter. Scheer. Hatchard. Marinoff. Allan.

Remember the names. The six Adelaide players – all 21 or under – are the future of AFL Women's football.

Adelaide's defence was resolute in the thumping 45-point premiership win over Carlton.

Its midfield was usually first to the ball, spreading hard around the ground and giving its forwards first opportunity.

But what would have got the Crows fans most excited – aside from a second premiership in three years, following the 2017 triumph – was the role the young Crows played and the promise they show for the sport.

Danielle Ponter top-scored with three goals from just five kicks, continuing her incredible efficiency in her first season of AFLW. The 19-year-old has kicked 10 goals from 23 kicks in 2019.

Ponter's extended family includes the likes of uncle Michael Long (who was watching on in the stands) and cousin Cyril Rioli – a noted Grand Final performer – and she lived up to the high standard on Sunday.

Fellow forward Eloise Jones is a star on the rise. The former basketballer reads the play very well and has excellent instincts, especially around goal.

She set up Hannah Martin with a quick handball before slotting a goal of her own after the half-time siren. What was most impressive was the mark that came before it; a casual run, a neat sidestep around her defender, before a high leap, taking the ball at its highest point.

There was heartbreak for talented forward Chloe Scheer, who showed the football world just how special she is with a high-flying mark over Kerryn Harrington and quick wheel around, setting up Ponter for a goal.

Just a handful of minutes later, Scheer was down with a suspected torn ACL, her second in three years.

A tearful Chloe Scheer after the match

She was later spotted being wheeled around the Adelaide changerooms by teammate Katelyn Rosenzweig at a decent clip, the premiership cup in one hand and a beer in the other.

Midfielders Ebony Marinoff and Anne Hatchard continued on their merry way, having dominated the home and away season, and were a constant threat around the stoppages.

Marinoff recovered from a slow start and a heavy Jess Edwards tag to finish with 19 disposals and seven tackles, while Hatchard (24 disposals, one goal) was one vote off winning the best-on-ground award.

Gun midfielder Ebony Marinoff celebrates the premiership with fans

Fullback Sarah Allan is in All Australian form, patrolling the backline, directing play and taking on the opposition's deepest forward.

In the Grand Final, that was either the 180cm Breann Moody or 166cm Darcy Vescio, showing her versatility. Neither kicked a goal.

The young Crows swarmed against Carlton. They were hungry.

One passage of play saw Hatchard boot the ball long to Jones, who casually took two bounces before setting up Ponter in the square.

In one interpretation, it was a nail in Carlton's premiership hopes.

But it was also a warning sign to the rest of the competition.

With two AFLW premierships already in the bag – and expansion set to hit teams in Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria – the Crows will be sticking around for the long haul.