2021 AFLW U17 Championships preview: Queensland

AN underage Q-Clash between Brisbane and Gold Coast Academies will kick off on Sunday afternoon in the first of two AFLW Under 17 Championship clashes between the sides. The second game will take place on Wednesday with a short turnaround, but both sides have plenty of impressive players to keep an eye on. Both the Lions Academy and Suns Academy will be coached by recently retired AFLW star Lauren Arnell in more of an exhibition clash than anything else.

From a 2022 AFLW Draft perspective, Alana Gee and Charlotte Mullins loom as the two prospects to really keep an eye on in the clash. Hailing from Mackay, Gee is a member of the Gold Coast Suns Academy, standing at 169cm. A balanced midfielder who can use either foot, her work rate in very impressive. Whilst she is a natural inside midfielder coming through the program, she showed an adaptability to roll into an outside position and even as a running defender in 2020.

Mullins is a versatile talent out of the Brisbane Lions Academy who has been plying her trade for Aspley in the QAFL Women’s competition. Mullins is a lively player around the ball who applies great defensive pressure, and was a clever forward when these sides played last year. As an Under 16s talent, she held her own then, and continued to improve through her bottom-age year, with the 165cm midfielder expected to spend more time in there this year, and lead the Lions group.

Gold Coast Suns Academy’s Fleur Davies representing Queensland a the AFLW U19 Championships.

Fleur Davies, a taller and younger sister of recently drafted Suns Academy talent Giselle, is another one to keep an eye on. Like her older sister, Davies is capable of playing up either end, but played forward for the Lions last year, and pinch-hit in the ruck. She had experience at the AFLW Under 19 Championships, and at 185cm is a genuine key position player who will outmark most opponents when reading it well. Still a raw talent, Davies has plenty of upside and will be one to watch.

Not playing in this clash, bottom-age talent Ella Smith is another name to remember for Queensland prospects, and is another Brisbane Lions Academy talent. From a Brisbane Academy perspective, 171cm Aspley youngster Kadie Fletcher who had an outstanding debut season at senior level year year, and Wilston Grange talent Brooke Sheridan are others who were able to make the Queensland Under 19s squad in their bottom-age years. The Suns also had another bottom-age representative with Gee and Davies in this year’s Under 19s program, with Imogen Evans impressing onball for Queensland, picking up 12 disposals, five tackles, three clearances and booting a goal in the loss to Vic Country.

While the Queensland Academy squads are made up of 2022 and 2023 AFLW Draft talents, there are three 2006-born players named for the Suns. Tara Harrington, Nyalli Milne and Havana Harris are ones to keep in mind for a few years away, with the latter two playing at Burleigh, and Harrington out at Broadbeach. Whilst the result in the match does not really matter, the lack of Under 19s carnival for the Queensland girls will mean these games will provide them with some more experience at a higher level.

>> Watch Brisbane Lions vs. Gold Coast Suns AFLW Under 17s Academy clash

Team: Brisbane Lions
Coach: Lauren Arnell
Team Manager: Jason Torney

# NAME SURNAME DOB HT STATE/ACADEMY/REGION LOCAL CLUB / SCHOOL
2 Holly O’Flaherty 20/06/2004 162 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane North Wilston Grange
3 Ava Seton 19/04/2004 165 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane North Wests Juniors / Uni of Queensland
4 Daisy Carter 7/06/2004 166 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane North Sandgate / Wilston Grange
5 Lauren Fraser 13/01/2005 164 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane South-Darling Downs Toowoomba
6 Courtney Page 23/02/2004 165 Brisbane Lions Academy / Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Kawana
7 Neve Underwood 17/03/2004 166 Brisbane Lions Academy / Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Kawana / Maroochydore
8 Harriet Knijff 21/11/2005 167 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane South-Darling Downs Redland-Victoria Point
9 Ebony Milne 3/08/2005 167 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane South-Darling Downs Redland-Victoria Point
10 Jacinta Baldwick 14/11/2005 167 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane South-Darling Downs Jindalee / Wests Juniors
11 Charlotte Mullins 28/10/2004 167 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane North Wilston Grange / Aspley
12 Lara Paget 23/02/2005 168 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane South-Darling Downs Jindalee / Toowoomba
13 Sarah Browne 28/10/2004 169 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane South-Darling Downs Toowoomba / Jindalee
14 Georgia Carmody 13/04/2004 169 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane South-Darling Downs Mt Gravatt
15 Sasha Rival-Quinn 29/12/2004 169 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane South-Darling Downs Jindalee / University of Queensland
17 Leah Siertsema 13/07/2004 169 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane South-Darling Downs Mt Gravatt
18 Christine Watson 11/10/2004 178 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane South-Darling Downs Concordia College / Toowoomba
20 Demi Norton 6/04/2004 170 Brisbane Lions Academy / Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Kawana / Maroochydore
21 Madalyn Hennessy 9/03/2004 170 Brisbane Lions Academy / Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Maroochydore
22 Brooke Sheridan 8/09/2004 170 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane North Boyne Island-Tannum Sands / Wilston Grange
23 Kadie Fletcher 18/08/2004 171 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane North Wilston Grange / Aspley
24 Lily Willoughby 17/04/2005 171 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane North Sandgate
25 Charlotte Millen 2/12/2004 172 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane South-Darling Downs Mt Gravatt
26 Courtney Browne 28/10/2004 173 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane South-Darling Downs Toowoomba / Jindalee
27 Indiana Gosbell-Smith 30/09/2004 173 Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane North Sandgate
28 Kiara Hillier 3/11/2004 173 Brisbane Lions Academy / Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Kawana
29 Grace Pearson-Smith Brisbane Lions Academy / Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Maroochydore
30 Lilu Hung Brisbane Lions Academy / Brisbane North Kedron

Team: Gold Coast Suns
Coach: Lauren Arnell
Team Manager: Jason Torney

# NAME SURNAME DOB HT STATE/ACADEMY/REGION LOCAL CLUB / SCHOOL
1 Jasmine Single 17/12/2005 160 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Burleigh
2 Caitlin Miller 21/07/2004 166 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Southport
3 Monet Ferris 19/02/2004 173 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Yeronga AFC
4 Darcie Davies 14/06/2005 184 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Southport
5 Tara Harrington 24/03/2006 166 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Broadbeach
6 Isabella Iverach 7/07/2004 169 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Broadbeach
7 Josie McCabe 18/04/2005 173 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Burleigh
10 Jasmyn Smith 10/05/2004 158 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Broadbeach
11 Keeley Parker 23/07/2005 163 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Tweed Coolangatta
12 Piper Phelan 11/11/2004 172 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Bond University
13 Grace Ella 9/11/2005 164 QLD/GC SUNS/Northern Rivers Tweed Coast Tigers
14 Sienna McMullen 15/07/2005 164 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Burleigh
15 Makayla Sekac 5/04/2005 169 QLD/GC SUNS/Northern Rivers Tweed Coolangatta
16 Cloe Coombes 1/12/2004 166 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Broadbeach
17 Abbey Bevan 19/06/2004 178 QLD/GC SUNS/Northern Rivers Broadbeach
19 Alana Gee 20/04/2004 169 QLD/GC SUNS/Mackay North Mackay Saints
20 Jessica Frape 27/05/2004 171 QLD/GC SUNS/Cairns Cairns Saints
21 Imogen Evans 5/02/2004 171 QLD/GC SUNS/Northern Rivers Bond University
22 Kayla Giles 28/09/2005 170 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Palm Beach Currumbin
23 Maggie O’Connell 30/01/2004 171 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Southport
24 Avalon Pearce 17/10/2005 182 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Southport
25 Indiana Brough 15/07/2004 173 QLD/GC SUNS/Mackay Bakers Creek Tigers
26 Nyalli Milne 26/05/2006 169 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Burleigh
27 Kialla-Skye Bailey 10/03/2005 165 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Southport
28 J’noemi Anderson 17/12/2004 170 NT/Thunder St Marys
29 Fleur Davies 6/05/2004 185 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Southport
30 Ella Calleja 20/11/2004 171 QLD/GC SUNS/Capricornia Yeppoon Swans
31 Havana Harris 1/07/2006 181 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Burleigh
32 Kaylee Kimber 13/09/2003 174 QLD/GC SUNS/Mackay Moranbah Bulldogs
33 Annabel Kievit 22/09/2005 175 NT/Thunder Warratahs
34 Millie Heathcote 4/01/2004 181 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Palm Beach Currumbin
35 Nikita Cripps 4/07/2005 175 QLD/GC SUNS/Gold Coast Mt Gravatt
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