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“Fastest and fittest” Smith leads from the front

MENTORS are a key factor in all walks of life, and that is no different in the path towards Australian football’s top flight. For Melbourne Grammar School (MGS) 1st XVIII captain and Rookie Me Academy athlete Ethan Smith, inspiration has seldom been far away. Now, the well-travelled youngster is also providing exactly that to others. […]

Rising star Hillier has sights on top level

BRISBANE Lions Academy AFLW Draft prospect Kiara Hillier is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her inspiration Shannon Campbell and make it to the elite level. The 17-year-old is in her top-age year, and has plied her trade at both ends of the field, standing at 173cm. Running out for Maroochydore in the Queensland […]

Variety of experiences helping Mason succeed

HAVING being mentored by variety of coaches over the years, Sydney Swans and AFLW Academy representative Dakota Mason values the vast array of opinions. Along with her mother, Mason credits them all as inspirations on her journey, that has lead her from playing local football, to representing her state – NSW/ACT – and the Allies […]

Sandral the well rounded footballer

WESTERN Bulldogs VFLW vice-captain Mary Sandral has had quite the footy journey, and she has seen a lot in her time. She is currently vice captain at the Bulldogs under Riley Christgoergl, and admitted that although she never expected to be a leader at the Bulldogs, now that she is in the role is thoroughly […]

Fletcher finds perfect fit in footy

THE all-action nature of Australian rules football is too much for some, but it’s exactly what drew English-born talent Kadie Fletcher to the code. After moving to Australia in 2011, the Brisbane Lions Academy prospect found the perfect fit for her “hyperactive” personality and it has brought her all the way through Queensland’s footballing pathway. […]

Fleur-de-Maroon – The Sunshine State prospect going big

GENUINE key position talent has proven a rare commodity in the fledgling AFL Women’s space, but there are a few to monitor as attention turns to this year’s draft cohort. Gold Coast Suns Academy member Fleur Davies is one, a 181cm ruck-forward with mobility and endurance which defy her size. She has a handy template […]

Smith thriving in “intense” atmosphere

GIVEN Jasmyn Smith stands at around 159cm, the Gold Coast Suns Academy talent might not be the first person you expect to be among the top clearance players at the AFLW Under 18 Championships. But Smith’s carnival – which still has another game to go – has been nothing short of superb, racking up five […]

Belbin enjoying football journey

TASMANIAN Candice Belbin has taken the more traditional footballing pathway through to the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. Having played for the last six years, Belbin enjoyed the challenges rising up through Ulverstone, into the Tasmania Devils, and through to the Allies side at the 2022 national championships. “I started at club in Grade 7, […]

Hingston taking footy experience in her stride

JUST nine days ago, Tasmanian Courtney Hingston ran out for the Allies against NSW-ACT in what was her first AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships experience. The Tasmania Devils top-ager has enjoyed a strong season at NAB League Girls level culminating in her selection for firstly the combined Tasmania-NSW/ACT side, and then finally, the Allies. Remarkably, […]

Miller constantly looking for improvement

AS a Southport junior who has come through the Sharks program and into the Gold Coast and Queensland representative sides, Caitlin Miller is always looking to improve. The small utility has been playing forward at hte 2022 AFLW Under 18 Championships, but is capable of playing anywhere, having picked up plenty of tricks over the […]

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