An impressive 14 Brisbane Lions Academy girls have been selected in the Queensland Under-18 state squad for the upcoming National Championships.
This comes off the heels of a strong Coates Talent League season in which the Under-19 Lions Academy finished with an impressive three wins from its three outings.
The talented list includes Sophie Peters, Jacinta Baldwick, Amber Swan, Ebony Milne, Holly O’Flaherty, Rania Crozier, Laura Roy, Lilly Baker, Indiana Williams, Evie Long, Ashleigh Moyle, Coco Garton and Zimra Hussain.
With one of the feel-good stories also seeing Brooke Sherican selected for Queensland, just 14 months after she tore her ACL.
📸 Images Left to Right: Sophie Peters, Holly O'Flaherty & Ebony Milne
Head of the Women’s program for the Lions Academy and Under-19 Coach, Emma Zielke was full of praise for the players selected from her side.
“Off the back of three solid performances in the Coates league, 14 of our Lions academy girls have been selected to represent their state,” she said.
“It's a fantastic individual reward and recognition for the amount work they have put in over the past six months.
“They have all been strong contributors to our program and across all games we have played.
“I'm delighted to see almost 50 per cent of the state team come from our academy. And I am really excited to see how they go at the next level.
“It's a team full of genuine young guns, so I'm excited to watch them take on the other states in the coming months.”
The 2023 AFL National Championships – U18 Girls will feature some of the country’s most talented under 18 female footballers, some of whom may become the next generation of AFLW stars.
Queensland will get its campaign underway on Saturday July 15 taking on South Australia at Adelaide Oval, before taking on Victoria Country at Brighton Homes Arena on Sunday July 30.
It will then meet the Allies at Heritage Bank Stadium on the Gold Coast on Sunday August 6 for its final game of the 2023 Championships.