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WA Trio Named for Marsh AFL Academy Girls TeamThursday, April 4, 2024 - 9:15 AM

Three WA players have been selected to represent Australia as part of the Marsh AFL Academy Girls side which will play an U23 All-Stars team in Melbourne on Saturday.

Zipporah Fish from East Fremantle, South Fremantle’s Molly O’Hehir and Claremont’s Claudia Wright have been selected in the Under 18s line up.

Trent Cooper, Manager Female Talent Programs and Coaching Specialist at the
West Australian Football Commission, believes it’s a terrific opportunity for the WA based players.

“Zippy, Molly and Claudia have all been playing extremely well in the WAFLW competition after taking part in a full pre-season with State Academy Summer Program,” Cooper said.

“This weekend will give them the chance to train alongside the best players of their age in Australia and then play together against a strong U23 line-up.

“This will give them a chance to showcase their talent as well as further understand what they will need to do to perform at the next level.”

 The Marsh AFL National Academy is an accelerated football and personal development program that provides the next generation of stars with experience, education and further opportunities to best prepare them for the next steps in their football journey.
The 2024 Marsh AFL National Academy Girls squad comprises many of the nation’s most promising footballers born in 2006 who will be eligible to be selected in the 2024 AFLW Draft.
The Academy squad will arrive in Melbourne today to take part in their second high-performance camp of this year’s program.

Marsh AFL National Academy Manager, Tarkyn Lockyer has declared Saturday’s match a showcase of talent.
“It’s a great honour for any athlete to represent their country and we are thrilled to provide players in the Marsh AFL National Academy the opportunity to wear the Australia jumper,” Lockyer said.
“Saturday’s game provides a platform for players to showcase their football talent in front of AFLW club recruiters and put into practice some of their learnings from the Academy program.
“The match is also a fantastic opportunity for players representing the U23 All-Stars, who have been selected by AFLW club recruiters to play in the match.”
The clash at IKON Park will be the first of two matches for the 2024 Marsh AFL National Academy squad as part of the 2024 program.

A second match is scheduled for the King’s Birthday weekend, with more details to soon be confirmed.
Saturday, April 6, 2024
8:00am WST
HOW TO WATCH: Saturday’s match between Australia U18 and the U23 All-Stars will be available to watch live and free on the AFLW website.