A host of Port Adelaide’s female Next Generation Academy prospects will get their chance to impress AFLW recruiters as part of a two-match intra-state series starting tomorrow.
The first game of the 2021 AFL Under 17 futures series will be played as a curtain raiser to Saturday’s SANFLW Grand Final at Thebarton Oval.
While Port Adelaide NGA talent Lauren Young will be taking centre stage as her West Adelaide side looks to secure its first SANFLW premiership, 12 of her NGA teammates will be competing to showcase their talents in the futures game.
The series is about helping identify emerging talent.
Players from the eight SANFLW clubs have been broken into two teams for the series.
The yellow team will feature Port Adelaide NGA participants Grace McNicol (West Adelaide), Alissa Brook (South Adelaide), Bethany Sigley (West Adelaide), Lucy Boyd (West Adelaide), Taylah Roberts (Norwood) and Jemma Whitington-Charity (Eagles).
The blue team also features six Port Adelaide NGA players in Deriney Headon (South Adelaide), Brooke Boileau (South Adelaide), Marlie Fiegert (Eagles), Jayde Hickey (Norwood), Shineah Goody (Eagles) and Chloe Whitington-Charity (Eagles).
The young women range in age from 14 to 17 with some not eligible to be drafted by AFLW clubs until 2024 and others able to be picked up in the 2022-23 season.
The futures match gets underway from 9:45am with the SANFLW Grand Final first bounce at 12:10pm.