Name: Shineah Goody
Club(s): Woodville-West Torrens/Henley
DOB: 08 November 2005
PORT ADELAIDE has secured the signature of midfielder Shineah Goody as part of the Expansion U18 Talent Pathway Pre-Signing Period.
The teams included in the most recent wave of NAB AFLW expansion – Port Adelaide, Sydney, Hawthorn and Essendon – have the option to pre-sign up to three players who have come through each respective club’s Next Generation Academy, prior to the NAB AFLW Draft in December.
Hailing from Edithburgh on the Yorke Peninsula, Goody burst onto the SANFLW scene as a 15-year-old and has developed into one of the most complete players in the 2023 draft crop.
Named All-Australian following the under 18 national championships campaign in both 2022 and 2023, Goody was also awarded MVP of the championship last year.
Her 2023 SANFLW season with Woodville-West Torrens saw the 18-year-old average five tackles, four marks and 16.9 disposals at 82 per cent efficiency, ultimately claiming the best and fairest gong for the club.
Demonstrating exceptional ball use and good athleticism, Goody’s offensive and defensive talent will make her one to watch at AFLW level.
Goody was one of four Next Generation Academy players invited to train with Port Adelaide’s AFLW side this year, and joins Lauren Young and Molly Brooksby as the third and final player to be signed during the pre-signing period.
Port Adelaide list manager Naomi Maidment said:
“Shineah is one of those unassuming types because of her size, but is a really dangerous inside mid. She wins a lot of her own footy and could have an immediate impact at AFLW level. She’s very strong, athletic, accumulates lots of possession and is good inside and outside. She’s really competitive and has plenty of Port Adelaide traits. She was the best and fairest winner at the Eagles this year and back-to-back under 18 All-Australian. Clearly the best midfielder in this year’s draft group.”
AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan said:
“Classy midfielder who is a one-touch player below the knees and is exceptionally creative by hand and foot. A prolific ball winner, she averaged 24.3 disposals (12.7 contested) at an elite 78 per cent efficiency with 5.7 clearances (in the most recent under 18 national championships). Was runner up in the championship’s best and fairest award, winning the award as a bottom-ager last year. Is now a back-to-back U18 All-Australian.”