A squad of 35 players will represent Western Australia in the opening two games of the NAB AFLW 18s National Championships in Sydney this weekend.
WA plays off against NSW/ACT at Sydney's Blacktown International Sports Park on Saturday and take on Queensland the following day.
The players, selected from the Mundella WA Women’s Football League, have undertaken an intensive training program in the lead-up to the games.
This included a trial match against the Mundella State U23 Women’s team as a curtain-raiser to the West Coast Eagles v Western Bulldogs AFL game at Domain Stadium on May 12.
The players will return to their WAWFL clubs following the two opening games and then resume U18s squad training on June 26 before departing for Queensland on July 9 for another three National Championship games in the space of five days.
AFL U18 Youth Girls National Championship Fixtures
Saturday May 20 - 2.30pm WA v NSW/ACT at Blacktown International Sports Park
Sunday May 21 - 11am WA v QLD at Blacktown International Sports Park
Monday, July 10 - TBC WA v SA/Vic Country/Vic Metro at Gold Coast
Wednesday, July 12 - TBC WA v SA/Vic Country/Vic Metro at Gold Coast
Friday, July 14 - TBC WA v SA/Vic Country/Vic Metro at Gold Coast
West Australian Football Commission Talent Manager - Female Programs Clint Degebrodt congratulated each of the players on their selection and said
competing at the National Championships was a fantastic development opportunity not only for the players but coaches and umpires as well.
“The Youth Girls squad forms a key part of our strategy to prepare the next generation of female footballers, coaches and umpires for the elite level,” he said.
“While WA has demonstrated great success in female football development with 37 players drafted for the inaugural AFL Women’s competition, we are also aware of the need to continue making this a strong focus.
“We are really looking forward to this year’s Championships and are expecting to be very competitive.”
Photo: Abby Duncan
Download team list: Mundella WA U18 Youth Girls 2017
Mundella WA U18 Staff and Coaches
Head Coach: Trent Cooper
Mids Coach: Emily Johnston
Defensive Coach: Leith Woods
Forwards Coach: Adam Dancey
Medical Team: Madi Ross and Rourke Moynihan
Strength & Conditioning Team: Maddi Williams, Thor Amundsen, Nik Sicanica
Performance Phsycologist: Mindy Simpson
Team Manager: Elly Lambkin
Talent Manager: Clint Degebrodt
WA Umpires - AFL U18 Youth Girls National Championship
Field Umpire: Gabby Simmonds
Boundary Umpire: Claire Knight
Goal Umpire: Tiana Fry
WA State team travel is arranged by Lexus Travel, the WAFC's preferred travel partner.