By ZAC MILBANK
A 30-player squad has been finalised for the 2023 South Australian U18 Girls Team as the Croweaters prepare to defend their inaugural national crown won last year.
Several stars from the breakthrough 2022 campaign are set to return, including tournament MVP Shineah Goody, Sturt’s India Rasheed, Glenelg’s Piper Window and West’s Lucy Boyd.
Bloods star Lauren Young, who has returned successfully in the Hostplus SANFLW League, is poised to again don the cherished red guernsey after undergoing a knee reconstruction in November 2021.
South Australia will be coached by Jason Rivett, with the former Croweaters’ assistant earning a well-deserved promotion following the departure of championship-winning mentor Tim Weatherald.
Rivett will be assisted by Bill Economou, Craig Lum and SANFL’s Bek McMahon and Jack Hannath, with the squad training since Tuesday February 7 in preparation for its three matches at this year’s NAB AFLW U18 National Championships.
The Croweaters will travel to face WA in Perth (April 30) and Vic Metro in Melbourne (July 9) before hosting Queensland on Sunday July 16.
In between, they will also confront an SA U23 side on June 25, which will include star players from the Hostplus SANFLW League.
|Jemma Charity||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Chloe Charity||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Marlie Fiegert||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Shineah Goody||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Grace Martin||Woodville-West Torrens|