Girls Under 18s

What is NT Thunder Academy Girls Under 18s?

NT Thunder Academy Girls Under 18s is the Territory’s representative team for female participants aged between 15 - 18.

What competitions do they play in?

AFL Women’s Under 18 Tri-Series
AFL Women’s Under 18 National Championships

When did the NT Thunder Academy Girls Under 18s squad first commence?

In 2014 and 2015 the Northern Territory had a joint team with Tasmania known as the 'Thunder Devils'. Until 2016 when the Northern Territory had their first stand alone team.  

What have been some highlights?

Having seven players selected in the Allies squad to compete in the 2017 AFL Women’s Under 18 National Championships.

Who is the coach?

Chris Baksh

2017 squad members:

Player # Player League Club/Local Club
1 Tabitha MAY Palmerston FC
2 Madeline GAULT Waratah FC
3 Calista BOYD Wanderers FC
4 Teka VOYSEY Wanderers FC
5 Tilly Grotaers Southern Districts FC
6 Tishara DAVERN Wanderers FC
7 Arthurina MOREEN Tiwi Bombers FC
8 Danielle PONTER St Mary's FC
9 Shoneeka ABBOTT Pinktails FC
10 Phylisia PALIPUAMINNI Tiwi Bombers FC
11 Joelle KANTILLA Tiwi Bombers FC
12 Chiarah RUSCA Southern Districts FC
13 Indra MAYO Southern Districts FC
14 Freda PURUNTATAMERI Tiwi Bombers FC
15 Alysha HEALEY Waratah FC
16 Stephanie WILLIAMS Minjilang, Croker Island
17 Bella CLARKE Southern Districts FC
18 Kiara WHITE Pinktails FC
19 Eliza WEAR Waratah FC
20 Natasha DUNN-RICHARDS St Mary's FC
21 Jessie BROCK Palmerston FC
22 Evelyn RAAPARK Elcho Island
23 Janet BAIRD Palmerston FC
24 Kyanne WARLAPINNI Darwin Buffaloes FC
25 Mattea BREED Darwin Buffaloes FC
26 Julieanna KERINAIUA Waratah FC
27 Bayni YUNUPINGU Gove
28 Ursula TIPUNGWUTI Tiwi Bombers FC
29 Michaeline MUNGATOPI Tiwi Bombers FC
30 Samantha VANDERBURG Palmerston FC

2017 fixtures and results:

12 May, Adelaide Oval
South Australia 15.9 (99) d Northern Territory 1.3 (9) 

NT: Moreen

NT: Gault, Boyd, Ponter, Baird, Brock

14 May, West Adelaide
Tasmania 6.5 (41) d Northern Territory 4.5 (29) 

NT: Moreen, Ponter, Puruntatameri Breed

NT: Breed, Boyd, Ponter, Moreen, Davern

National representation and selection:

A record seven Territorians have been named in the Allies team to play in the AFL Women’s Under 18 National Championships:

  • Janet Baird
  • Calista Boyd
  • Jessie Brock
  • Madeline Gault
  • Tabitha May
  • Arthurina Moreen
  • Danielle Ponter - All-Australian U18 selection

In January 2017, Danielle Ponter was also selected for the inaugural NAB AFL Women's National Academy (Level 1). 

Allies 2017 fixture and results:

10 July, Bond University
Allies 4.2 (26) d NSW/ACT 3.5. (23)

NT representatives: Baird, Boyd, Gault, May, Moreen

12 July, Broadbeach Sports Club
Allies 3.7 (25) d WA 3.2 (20)

NT representatives: Baird, Boyd, May, Moreen, Ponter

14 July, Broadbeach Sports Club
Allies 5.3 (33) d QLD 3.8 (26)

NT representatives: Baird, Boyd, May, Moreen, Ponter

For video replays and more information on the Allies or the AFLW Under 18s visit the AFL website

2017 support staff:

Graham Vanderburg – Assistant Coach
Karina Gray – Assistant Coach
Trudy Hopgood – Assistant Coach
Belinda Creer – Wellbeing Coach & Team Manager
Amy Chittick – Runner
Tim Fitzgerald – Physiotherapist (also selected as the Allies team physio for National Championship).
Jan Wray – Head Trainer

How do you qualify for this squad?

Athletes are identified through the NTFL, CAFL and local competitions and can also be nominated by someone from their club. Once the Under 18s have completed the Tri-Series against Tasmania and South Australia, a representative team known as the Allies is selected to participate in the AFL Women’s Under 18 National Championships.