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NAB AFLW Academy

Academy Overview

The NAB AFLW Academy aims to further enhance the development of our nation’s most talented players.

The program is aligned with the National Talent Pathways philosophy of ‘Developing Better People, Better Players’ by using a holistic development approach to focus on the growth of the individual, on and off the field, and their ability to contribute in a team environment.

Participants in the NAB AFLW Academy will be given the opportunity to develop under the guidance of expert coaching, high performance and wellbeing staff. 

The 2022 squad is made up of both top and bottom age talent from across all states/territories, with athletes taking part in a holistic development program aimed at best preparing the players for life as an AFLW player.

This will be the 6th intake into the NAB AFLW Academy, which has played a significant role in the preparation of many AFLW stars. 

Sounds of the NAB AFLW Academy

02:58 May 18. 2021. 4:00 PM

Behind the scenes with Tarkyn Lockyer and the best young talent in the country

 GAME DETAILS

 

Sunday May 8, 11:30am – NAB AFLW Academy 11.9 (75) def U23 All Stars 5.4 (34) 

NAB AFLW Academy MVP: Montana Ham

U23 All Stars MVP: Ella Roberts

 

 

Academy Players

 

J'Noemi Anderson 

State: NT Club: Sandringham Dragons / NT Thunder
Bio: Hard tackling player who can play forward and also push into the midfield. Loves a contest and bursts from stoppages with power. Brother Jed plays for North Melbourne.

Brooke Barwick

State: TAS Club: Tasmanian Devils
Bio: Very skilful and team oriented midfielder. Makes very smart decisions with the ball and has a very high rate. Small is stature but is ferocious in the contest and tackles hard.

Charlotte Baskaran 

State: VIC M Club: Western Jets
Bio: Elite midfielder with a good blend of speed and endurance. Makes good decisions with clean hands or can burst from stoppage to deliver by foot. Is tough in the contest where she consistently wins her own ball.

Kyanne Campbell

State: NT Club: Rovers/ NT Thunder
Bio: Dangerous player who plays forward and can spend time in the ruck. Very good at ground level and smart around goals. Father Fred played for Sydney/St Kilda.

Amber Clarke

State: VIC C Club: Dandenong Stingrays
Bio: Very damaging forward with terrific goal sense and foot skills. Amber has demonstrated her versatility by also spending time through the midfield where she uses her agility and speed to break the game open.

Georgie Cleaver

State: WA Club: East Fremantle
Bio: Developing ruck/forward from WA with enormous athletic potential. Has shown great promise with her marking and ability to create space off her opponent. Georgie is also a state level netballer.

Fleur Davies

State: QLD Club: Southport / Gold Coast Suns
Bio: Hard working ruck from Queensland. Fleur competes strongly in the air and follows up well at ground level. Her marking and competitiveness stand out in the contest. Sister Giselle is a current GC Suns AFLW player. 

Octavia Di Donato

State: VIC C Club: Bendigo Pioneers
Bio: Versatile player who can play half back or midfield. A player that reads the game well and makes great decisions by hand and foot. Octavia has a strong work ethic and selfless attitude.

Mackenzie Eardley

State: VIC C Club: Dandenong Stingrays
Bio: Strong marking defender who reads the ball well in the air to consistently intercept the ball. Has also demonstrated the ability to push forward and hit the scoreboard.

Hannah Ewings

State: SA Club: North Adelaide
Bio: Strong bodied mid with excellent power. Loves a contest and will burst away with speed to deliver the ball by foot. Can also forward where she is very dangerous.

Jasmine Fleming

State: VIC M Club: Oakleigh Chargers
Bio: Game changing midfielder with excellent speed an agility. A player who uses the ball very well by foot and has clean hands in a contest. Had a terrific finals series for Oakleigh (NAB League) in 2021. Daughter of Australian cricketer Damien Fleming.

Alana Gee

State: QLD Club: Mackay Saints/ Gold Coast Suns
Bio: Highly effective player from Qld who can play a number of positions. A good blend of speed and endurance allows her to cover the ground well and she is very damaging by foot.

Shineah Goody

State: SA Club: Woodville-West Torrens
Bio: Plays on a wing where she runs all day in the SANFLW. Shineah can break the lines with agility and speed to then deliver inside 50. A selfless player with a terrific attitude.

Montana Ham

State: VIC M Club: Western Jets
Bio: Strong bodied mid who can also push forward and hit the scoreboard. Is often working hard in the clinches to win the ball before using her power and driving out of a contest.

Cynthia Hamilton

State: NSW/ACT Club: Queanbeyan/GWS Giants 
Bio: Hard working mid with a terrific footy IQ. Makes very good decisions by hand and foot to hurt the opposition and brings her teammates into the game. Has the ability to win her own ball in a contest or runs to great spots to receive. All-Australian in the 2021 NAB AFLW U19's Championships.

Bridie Hipwell

State: VIC M Club: Sandringham Dragons
Bio: Athletic player who can play forward or back. Consistently wins the ball in the air or on the ground. Bridie is a difficult match up for any opposition player with her versatility.

Sofia Hurley

State: VIC M Club: Sandringham Dragons
Bio: Former state cross country runner who can play mid or back. Reads the game well in transition to make good position in defence or attack.

Keeley Kustermann

State: SA Club: West Adelaide
Bio: Hard working player from SA who can play mid or forward. Is often seen getting multiple possessions through gut running and speed Loves a contest where she wins her own ball or tackles hard.

Dakota Mason

State: NSW/ACT Club: Illawarra/Sydney Swans
Bio: Exciting talent out of the Swans Academy. Dakota has an elite work rate with the versatility to play forward or midfield. She uses her endurance to find space and is damaging by foot.

Alyssia Pisano

State: VIC M Club: Eastern Rangers
Bio: Left footer who is deadly around goals. A player with genuine power who consistently hits the scoreboard. Will spend most of her time inside 50 with bursts in the midfield.

Claire Ransom

State: TAS Club: Tasmanian Devils
Bio: Classy player who is very damaging with ball in hand. Makes good decisions by foot and will work hard all day from contest to contest.

Ashleigh Reidy

State: WA Club: South Fremantle
Bio: Exciting talent from WA. Spends most of her time up forward and is very dangerous around goals. Really good decision maker under pressure and someone who has the ability to create something out of nothing.

Ella Roberts

State: WA Club: Peel Thunder
Bio: Demonstrated her ability with some dominant performance in the 2021 NAB AFLW U19's Championships where she was selected as an All-Australian. Creative half forward with excellent marking and foot skills. One to watch in 2022.

Paige Scott

State: VIC C Club: GWV Rebels
Bio: Powerful and explosive forward who is developing the ability to pinch hit through the midfield. Dangerous around goals with her marking and speed where she can burst away from opponents. Awarded All Australian selection in the 2021 NAB AFLW U19's Championships.

Ella Smith

State: QLD  Club: Aspley/ Bribane Lions
Bio: Hard working wing from Brisbane Lions Academy with elite endurance. Clean skills by hand and foot makes her a threat with ball in hand. A dual sport athlete, Ella juggles her time between football and rowing.

Lauren Wakfer

State: WA  Club: South Fremantle
Bio: Developing ruck from WA who is excellent in the air and follows up well at ground level. Lauren is very athletic and has impressed in the WAFLW with South Fremantle.

Lauren Young

State: SA  Club: West Adelaide
Bio: Highly rated prospect out of SA. Lauren had an outstanding 2021, where she was awarded All-Australian selection at the 2021 NAB AFLW U19's Championships and also won South Australia's MVP award. A versatile tall who is outstanding in the air. She is capable of intercept marking or providing a target forward of the ball. Unfortunately will miss the 2022 season with a knee injury.

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