Northern Territory trio, Ashanti Bush, Bella Clarke and Grace Mulvahill have been named to participate in the first intake of the NAB AFL Women’s Draft Combine next month.
The 2021 NAB Women’s Draft Combine will assess the strength and fitness levels of athletes who have been selected to participate ahead of the NAB AFL Women’s Draft later this year.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the women will not travel to Queensland for as originally planned, however will undertake the testing from the Michael Long Learning and Leadership facilities at TIO Stadium over 26/27 June.
The combine is the final piece in the NAB Women’s Rising Star program.
AFLNT Talent Manager Simon Hargrave said he is excited for local talent to be a part of the Women’s Draft Combine.
“This is an awesome opportunity for our Territory women to be put on the national stage and it is a real credit to the three girls who have put in the effort to get to where they are.
All three girls are currently part of the Cazalys NT Thunder Academy. Have represented Allies in the Talent programs (Bella 2019 and Grace and Ashanti this 2021 season)
Ashanti Bush is currently playing with the Hawthorn VFLW squad, Bella Clarke was awarded the 2020/21 TIO NTFL Southern Districts Best and Fairest award and Grace Mulvahill was awarded Best on Ground in the 2019/20 TIO NTFL Grand Final season.
“Northern Territory’s representation at the women’s combine is a positive step for the future of women’s football in the Territory and seeing these girls be recognised for their efforts gives younger girls something to strive for.” Hargrave said
From the combine, AFLW clubs will have the opportunity to interview the players prior to possible selection at this year’s draft.