The NT Thunder Under 18 (U18) Women’s Academy and subsequent regional academies have been inundated with talent following the successful running of the Michael Long Cup last weekend.
The squad includes a number of gifted bottom-age players who will be eligible for the Under 16 (U16) Girls talent programs, as well as the U18 National Academy Series games to be held in May.
The Northern Territory U18 Women’s team is expected to play South Australia in two games during the series, with the opportunity for standout players to follow in the footsteps of Janet Baird, Calista Boyd, Jessie Brock, Madeleine Gault, Danielle Ponter, Tabitha May and Aurthurina Moreen in being selected for the Central Allies team that competes in the Division 1 National Championships.
Manager of Talent and Pathways, Wally Gallio, said the squad was made up of promising young players from all over the Territory.
“This year more Pinktails players from Alice Springs were selected than ever before, which not only proves there is exceptional depth down there but having the bigger squad also provides our Central Australian coaches with a good base to ready players in the Redtails/Pinktails Academy for the various talent and diversity programs.
“The NTFL and CAFL clubs along with AFLNT remote staff have done a great job in developing their players. While we have strong representation from Alice Springs, Darwin, Katherine and Tiwi Islands, we will continue to work with the other regions to ensure their players have the same opportunities to represent the Territory,” Gallio said.
The U18 NT Thunder Women's Academy squad so far:
Big River Hawks (Katherine)
Martha De Santis
Pinktails (Alice Springs)