Twenty-four talented women ready to represent the NT in Under 18 Championships

2019 U18 jumper presentation

The NT’s brightest female footy stars are headed for Adelaide this weekend for Round 1 of the NAB AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships.

The players based in Darwin were presented their jumpers after training on Monday night, with the full squad of 24 to come together for the two games against South Australia on Friday and Sunday. 

Players from Alice Springs, Katherine, and a couple more attending school in Geelong and Adelaide make up the talented list. 

Round 1 of the championships follows on from the development camp and northern academy games the team played in Coffs Harbour a couple of weeks ago, with NT Thunder Women’s Academy Manager Heidi Thompson saying she was keen to keep the momentum rolling.

“We were pleased with how the group came together and bought into the Coffs Harbour experience. Though they didn’t get the on-field results they desired and worked for they showed great cohesion and pride in representing the NT, and I’m sure they will again this weekend.”

The coaching panel, headed by Thompson, selected the squad of 24, which includes two top age players in Alysha Healy and Madeline Gault, both premiership experienced players with Waratah in the NTFL Women’s Premier League. 

It also includes one bottom age (16-year-old) player in Georgia Johnson, who also hails from Waratah and is described by Thompson as an exciting talent. 

“Georgia is one of those players who is always willing to compete, as an inside midfielder she wins plenty of footy.”

Thompson also highlighted captain Bella Clarke, as well as Mattea Breed and Shantel Miskin-Ripia as ‘players to watch’.

“Bella, Mattea and Shantel all showed great skill and composure in the games we played in Coffs Harbour and were some of our biggest playmakers, so we look forwarded to watching them develop further in the games against Adelaide and hopefully push their case for Central Allies selection,” she said. 

The games against Adelaide this weekend is the first step in the process for Round 2 when the NT will join with South Australia to form the Central Allies team to take on the other states. 

Thompson said the team’s focus was to be competitive.

“South Australia is a quality outfit, who will go from being our opposition to our teammates in a month’s time so while we want to get as many Territory girls as possible on the Central Allies team we also want to be a united front which plays our style of footy and gives them a good run,” she said.

The games will be live streamed, check the AFLW page here for details when they are released: 

Round 1 2019 NAB AFLW Under 18 Championships

Game 1
SA vs NT
Peter Motley Oval, Unley
2pm Friday 31 May

Game 2
SA vs NT 
Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide
11am Sunday 2 June

NT squad for Round 1 2019 NAB AFLW Under 18 Championships 

Number First name Surname DOB Club
19 Shoneeka Abbott 5/10/2001 Alkamilya FC
30 Molly Althouse 5/07/2002 Darwin Buffaloes FC
8 Sarah Assmus 9/04/2002 Big River Hawks FC
10 Mattea Breed 31/07/2001 Darwin Buffaloes FC
14 Ashanti Bush 18/08/2002 Darwin Buffaloes FC
7 Dominique Carbone 25/09/2001 Darwin Buffaloes FC
17 Bella Clarke 22/05/2001 Southern Districts FC
18 Talia Corrie 21/05/2002 Darwin Buffaloes FC
13 Johanna Dodsworth 6/05/2001 Darwin Buffaloes FC
23 Christine Davis 11/09/2002 West FC
32 Claudia Fabris 4/11/2001 Waratah FC
31 Tayla Hart-Aluni 8/04/2001 Darwin Buffaloes FC
21 Madeline Gault 2/09/2000 Waratah FC
6 Matisse Hunter 6/02/2002 Rovers FC
3 Anju Goninon 14/12/2001 Darwin Buffaloes FC
11 Monet Hunter 6/02/2002 Rovers FC
22 Alysha Healy 29/09/2000 Waratah FC
15 Tulaha Jeffrey 4/06/2001 Wanderers FC
12 Georgia Johnson 18/03/2003 Waratah FC
20 Grace Johnson 21/02/2002 Waratah FC
33 Makayla Siddons 12/09/2002 Southern Districts FC
4 Shantel Miskin-Ripia 14/12/2001 Nightcliff FC
34 Kristal Tak 14/08/2001 Darwin Buffaloes FC
25 Stephanie Williams 27/01/2002 Darwin Buffaloes FC