The future is bright for female football in Queensland.
Six Queenslanders have been awarded an All Australian guernsey after starring in the maroon at the NAB AFL Women’s U18 National Championships and again in the NAB Under 18
The half dozen selections in the All Australian team represent a best-ever result for Queensland at the female Under 18 level.
AFL Queensland Female High-Performance Manager and Brisbane Lions AFLW Coach Craig Starcevich
“This is an outstanding result for Queensland and a great reflection of the strength of our club competitions and the work done by the Suns and Lions Academies,” Starcevich told aflq.com.au.
“By this time next year, the Gold Coast Suns will be joining Brisbane Lions in building lists for the 2020 AFLW season. There has never been a more exciting time to be a female AFL player in Queensland.”
Bond University ruckman Lauren Bella, University of Queensland midfielder Nat Grider and Wilston Grange midfielder Jacqui Yorston headline the six Queenslanders to be awarded their All Australian guernsey at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.
The trio had already been nominated for the NAB AFL Women’s Draft Combine early next month and join fellow Queenslanders Lily Postlethwaite (Moreton Bay), Belle Dawes (Wilston Grange) and Serene Watson (Bond University) to earn All Australian caps
Postlewaite was perhaps the pick of the Queenslanders in the game, finishing with 12 disposals, three clearances and a
Lauren Bella was unrivalled in the ruck for the
Charlotte Hammans was her usual crafty self across
Having been named in the All Australian team, the focus now shifts toward the NAB AFL Under 18 Draft where the Brisbane Lions hold eight selections and look to bolster their ranks with the plethora of talent available after back to back Grand Final appearances.
Should they get the call at the draft, Queensland’s Under 18 contingent already
During the national championships earlier this year, Queensland overcame the odds to beat Victoria Metro for the first time in state representative history.
Last year, Sophie Conway, Emma Pittman, Jordan Zanchetta and Ariana Clarke all emerged from the draft to cement themselves in the Brisbane Lions outfit for their second season in the competition.