In June 2016, The Adelaide Football Club in conjunction with AFL Northern Territory was awarded a license to field a team in the inaugural AFL National Women's League (later to be known as NAB AFLW) for 2017.
See here for the original announcement.
The team, made up of nine players based in Darwin, went on to win the NAB AFLW inaugural premiership in 2017 and claimed a resounding premiership victory in 2019 also, with five players in the team attributed to the NT.
Key milestones and dates after the announcement of the team:
- 15 June 2016 - Adelaide Football Club and AFLNT granted entry into the AFL's National Women's League.
- 27 July 2016 - Marquee players in Kellie Gibson and Chelsea Randall are signed.
- 24 August 2016 - Bed Goddard is signed as the inaugural senior coach of the Crows team and the NT's Andrew Hodges as senior assistant coach.
- 25 August 2016 - Courtney Cramey and Darwin-based Angela Foley are pre-signed to the Adelaide Football Club.
- 5 September 2016 - NT's Jasmine Anderson is signed as the first rookie for the Adelaide Crows.
- 13 September 2016 - Australian Olympic basketball and South Australian, Erin Phillips signed as the second rookie for the Adelaide Crows.
- 12 October 2016 - Six Territory-based players drafted to the Adelaide Football Club in the AFL Women's Draft in Melbourne
- No. 10 - Heather Anderson
- No. 39 - Sally Riley
- No. 55 - Sophie Armitstead
- No. 90 - Tayla Thorn
- No. 103 - Abbey Holmes
- No. 106 - Stevie Lee-Thompson
- 31 October 2016 - Crows finalise playing list, including three free agency spots which one was awarded to the NT's Lauren O'Shea.
- 21 November 2016 - Colleen Gwynne is announced as the NT-based assistant coach while Mark Moody is announced as the SA-based assistant coach.
- 26 November 2016 - Northern Territory Government increases investment in Adelaide Crows AFLW team, doubling funding to $300,000 for two years.
- 9 December 2016 - NAB AFLW 2017 fixture is announced and includes a Round 6 game to be played between Adelaide Crows and Melbourne at TIO Stadium in Darwin.
- December 2016 - First all-team camp in Adelaide.
- January 2017 - Second all-team camp in Darwin.
- 14 January 2017 - Adelaide Crows announce AFLW leadership group, consisting of Chelsea Randall and Erin Phillips as co-captains and Darwin-based players Sally Riley and Angela Foley as joint vice-captains.
- 14 January 2017 - Adelaide Crows play Fremantle in the first-ever AFLW practice game in Darwin. Fremantle won 8.10.58 to Adelaide Crows 4.12.36 in front of more than 2,000 people at TIO Stadium. Watch the full match replay here.
- 4 February 2017 - NAB AFLW Round 1: Adelaide Crows 7.6.48 defeated GWS Giants 1.6.12 at Thebarton Oval.
- 10 February 2017 - NAB AFLW Round 2: Western Bulldogs 2.11.23 defeated by Adelaide Crows 7.6.48 at VU Whitten Oval.
- 19 February 2017 - NAB AFLW Round 3: Adelaide Crows 2.5.17 defeated Carlton 2.2.14 at Thebarton Oval.
- 26 February 2017 - NAB AFLW Round 4: Fremantle 3.5.23 defeated by Adelaide Crows 6.10.46 at Fremantle Oval.
- 4 March 2017 - NAB AFLW Round 5: Adelaide Crows 4.6.30 defeated by Brisbane Lions 5.3.33 at Norwood Oval.
- 11 March 2017 - NAB AFLW Round 6: Adelaide Crows 5.2.32 defeated by Melbourne 5.4.34 at TIO Stadium.
- 19 March 2017 - NAB AFLW Round 7: Collingwood 7.4.46 defeated by Adelaide Crows 10.10.70 at Olympic Park Oval.
- 25 March 2017 - NAB AFLW Grand Final: Adelaide Crows 4.11.35 defeated Brisbane Lions 4.5.29 at Metricon Stadium and Erin Phillips is awarded best on ground.
- 27 March 2017 - Erin Phillips is awarded the AFLPA women's MVP.
- 28 March 2017 - AFLW Awards night and Erin Phillips wins the inaugural NAB AFL Women's best and fairest. Adelaide Crows midfielder Ebony Marinoff wins is the inaugural winner of the NAB AFL Women's Rising Star Award, meanwhile, Courtney Cramey, Sarah Perkins and Chelsea Randall join the duo in All-Australian honours.
- 29 March 2017 - Crows Club Champion at Skycity in Darwin sees Erin Phillips crowned champion and Chelsea Randall as the Players' Player, while Sarah Perkins was the Leading Goalkicker and Courtney Cramey wins Best Defensive player.
- 2018 AFLW Draft - 26 October 2018 - Sophie Armitstead, Jasmyn Hewett (no. 16 overall) and Calista Boyd (Rookie Draft) are picked up by the Adelaide Crows in the 2018 AFLW Draft. They join Abbey Holmes, Angela Foley, Sally Riley and Stevie-Lee Thompson who remain on the list. See here.
- 2018 NT games - Adelaide plays two games in Darwin, both against Fremantle. In the pre-season trial game Fremantle prevail 6.6.42 to 4.6.30, but in Round 6 of the Premiership Season the Crows win by four-points, 6.4.40 to 5.6.36.
- 2018 season - Adelaide finish the season with three wins, three losses and a draw. They finish fifth on the ladder in a top-two finals series, the season coming to an end.
- 2018 club and AFLW awards - Presented in Adelaide, with Chelsea Randall taking out the club champion. See here for full details. Randall was also the only Crows player to receive All-Australian honours, named the captain of the side.
- NT Thunder VFLW 2018 - The Crows joined NT Thunder to field a team in its inaugural VFLW season. The team made finals and had a successful year; three players earning VFLW Team of the Year honours and captain, Angela Foley finishing third in the VFLW Best and Fairest medal count. See here for more details on the NT Thunder - Crows entry into the VFLW.
- 2019 AFLW Draft - 23 October 2018 - Danielle Ponter becomes the latest NT Crow, picked up by Adelaide with pick number 48 in the 2019 AFLW Draft. She joins Jasmyn Hewett, Angela Foley, Sally Riley and Stevie-Lee Thompson on the 2019 Adelaide list.
- 2019 coaching changes - Adelaide appointed Matthew Clarke as head coach, while Tim Weatherald, NT Thunder's inaugural coach, was tasked with the operations in the NT during the pre-season, before newly-appointed ThunderW coach, Heidi Thompson stepped in to assist during the season with the two Darwin-based crows; Jasmyn Hewett (injured in the pre-season trial game) and Danielle Ponter.
- 2019 NT games - Adelaide plays two games in Darwin and both against Fremantle. This time they win both games, 9.4.58 to 5.8.38 in the pre-season trial game and Adelaide 9.11.65 to Fremantle 3.5.23 in the Round 6 Premiership match.
- 2019 season - In a revamped 10-team, two-conference system Adelaide finished the season with six wins and one loss, claiming top spot on the Conference A ladder and qualifying for finals (top four system). In the Preliminary Final, Adelaide 11.7.73 defeated Geelong Cats 1.1.7 and advanced to a home Grand Final.
- 2019 AFLW Grand Final - 31 March 2019 - In front of a record-breaking crowd of 53,034 people at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 10.3.63 defeated Carlton 2.6.18, concluding a remarkable eight-game winning streak. Despite tearing her ACL in the third quarter, Erin Phillips went on to win the AFLW Grand Final best-on-ground medal, her second. The NT's Danielle Ponter kicked three goals during the game, and Stevie-Lee Thompson added one to her league-high.
- 2019 club and AFLW awards - The Adelaide Club Champion event was once again held in Darwin, where Erin Phillips claimed her second win from only three seasons. Jessica Foley finished runner-up in her first season, with Ebony Marinoff and Anne Hatchard tied for third. Stevie-Lee Thompson won the Leading Goalkicker Award after her 14-goal regular season. Thompson also won the AFLW Leading Goalkicker Award and Phillips picked up her second AFLW best and fairest at the W Awards.
- NT Thunder VFLW 2019 - The Crows and NT Thunder partnership continues for the 2019 VFLW season.
- End of partnership in AFLW - In March 2019, AFLNT and Adelaide Football Club mutually agree that it's time to explore other opportunities, with the NT committed to getting talented and aspiring females to the top level. Read more here.
For more information, photos and videos on the Adelaide Crows women's team, including list changes and signings, visit the Adelaide Crows website.