Hawks launch inaugural Academy with 50 prospective stars

HAWTHORN has revealed the 50 players who will make up its inaugural W Academy as it progresses to joining the NAB AFLW competition in 2022/2023.

The Academy is made up of players aged 16-23 and the program will begin on November 13.

The sessions will be led by Hawthorn's VFLW coaches, including the newly appointed VFLW coach Cherie O'Neill, as well as an assortment of past AFLW players.

Vic Country's Cherie O'Neill in April 2021. Picture: Getty Images

Three-time AFL premiership Hawk Jack Gunston has also been involved in the structuring of the Academy.

Hawthorn general manager operations and major projects Josh Vanderloo said forming the Academy was a key part of the club's AFLW journey.

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"This is a really exciting stepping stone for the club as we continue to progress towards our move into the AFLW landscape next year," Vanderloo said.

"As well as giving these women the opportunity to develop and hone their skills, it will also give our recruiting team a closer look at these prospective talents.

"We are looking to build a strong, competitive list ahead of our entry into the AFLW competition in season seven and this is a really important step in ensuring that."

Name

Club

Abby Favell

Newtown Chilwell

Alisha Liddle

Dandenong Stingrays

Alisha Molesworth

Gippsland Power

Alyssia Pisano

Eastern Ranges

Amelie Smith

Oakleigh Chargers

Amie Antonello

Alpine Lions

Ashleigh Snow

West Preston

Bella Enno

Dandenong Stingrays

Bridget Deed

Eastern Ranges

Brooke Plummer

Northern Knights

Brooke Smith

Dandenong Stingrays

Cadhla Schmidli

Eastern Ranges

Caitlin Hoskin

Eastern Ranges

Charley Ryan

Dandenong Stingrays

Charlotte Taylor

Oakleigh Chargers

Charlotte van der Vlies

Oakleigh Chargers

Chelsea Wilson

Hawthorn

Emily Shepherd

Dandenong Stingrays

Emily Tassiopoulos

Oakleigh Chargers

Gabby Rawlings

Oakleigh Chargers

Gabby Woods

Eastern Ranges

Grace Walsh

Eastern Ranges

Jade McCormack

Oakleigh Chargers

Jaide Anthony

Dandenong Stingrays

Jenna Richardson

Hawthorn VFLW

Jess Grace

Hawthorn VFLW

Jess Hoskin

Eastern Ranges

Jorja Jackson

Oakleigh Chargers

Keely Byrne

Dandenong Stingrays

Laura Stone

Eastern Ranges

Lily Hart

Oakleigh Chargers

Lily-Rose Williamson

Gippsland Power

Lulu Beatty

Northern Knights

Macie Gilmour

Gippsland Power

Mackenzie Eardley

Dandenong Stingrays

Matilda Hardy

Eastern Ranges

Mia Busch

Eastern Ranges

Mikaela Trethowan

Essendon

Montana Beruldsen

Hawthorn VFLW

Phoebe Nelson

Northern Knights

Rianna Thiele

Oakleigh Chargers

Ruby O’Dwyer

Eastern Ranges

Ruby Tripodi

Williamstown

Rylie Wilcox

Northern Knights

Sarah Hosking

Dandenong Stingrays

Saskia Nannes

Eastern Ranges

Scarlett Potter

Eastern Ranges

Tahlia Meier

GWV Rebels

Tannah Hurst

Northern Knights

Tyla Angwin

Gippsland Power