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.
For more information, photos and videos on the Adelaide Crows women's team, including list changes and signings, visit the Adelaide Crows website.
Congratulations to the players drafted with the AFLW Crows after the inaugural season:
- Jasmyn Hewett (2018 AFLW Draft, No.16 overall)
- Calista Boyd (2018 Rookie Draft)
- Danielle Ponter (2019 AFLW Draft, No.48 overall)