School sport pathways proves strong for AFLW athletes

posted on 7 March, 2017

Just days away from Round 6 of the inaugural AFL Women’s League, it is with great pride and excitement that School Sport Australia (SSA) recognises the AFLW athletes who came through the school sport pathway.

SSA Australian Football National Secretary said it was inspiring to see so many school sport alumni playing in the AFL Women’s League.

“SSA is celebrating its sixth year of providing opportunities for female athletes to compete in Australian Football at a national level,” Mr Dellavedova said.

“It has been most pleasing to see the development of the girl’s over this time. We have reduced the age limit from 16 Years and Under to 15 Years and Under as there is a ground swell of female players coming through the AFL systems in each state,” he said.

“The competition has also grown from four teams in 2011 to now seven representative teams from every Australian state and territory except Tasmania.”

Mr Dellavedova said the pathway that SSA provided for these young females has certainly vindicated the decision to include girls’ teams in the 2011.

“It was most gratifying to see the number of girls who played in our Championships in previous years get drafted in the inaugural AFLW teams for 2017,” he said.

“The increased number of state teams is a testament to the growth of AFLW for female players.”

Join School Sport Australia in congratulating the following female athletes who came through the school sport pathway. Click on their names to read their athlete bios.

Brisbane Lions

Sabrina Frederick-Traub – School Sport WA

Tahlia Randall – Queensland School Sport

Tayla Harris – Queensland School Sport

Emily Bates – Queensland School Sport

Jade Ransfield – Queensland School Sport

Nicole Hildebrand – School Sport Victoria


Emma King – School Sport WA

Caitlyn Edwards – School Sport WA

Brittany Bonicci – School Sport Victoria

Jasmine Garner – School Sport Victoria


Brianna Green – School Sport WA

Ashley Sharp – School Sport WA

Tiah Haynes – School Sport WA

Kira Phillips – School Sport WA

Tayla Bresland – School Sport WA

Belinda Smith – School Sport WA

Demi Okely – School Sport WA

Tarnica Golisano – School Sport WA

Beatrice Devlyn – School Sport WA

Taryn Priestly – School Sport WA

Ebony Antonio – School Sport WA

Gabby O’Sullivan – School Sport WA

Greater Western Sydney

Alex Williams – School Sport WA

Jess Del Pos – School Sport Victoria

Louise Stephenson – School Sport Victoria

Adelaide Crows

Ebony Marinoff – SA School Sport

Sarah Allen – SA School Sport

Jessica Sedunary – SA School Sport

Western Bulldogs

Libby Birch – School Sport Victoria

Ellie Blackburn – School Sport Victoria

Hayley Wilde – School Sport Victoria


Isabella Ayre – School Sport Victoria

Tilly Lucas – Rodd – School Sport Victoria

Madeline Keryk – School Sport Victoria

Rebbecca Privitelli – School Sport Victoria


Katherine Smith – School Sport Victoria

Lily Mithen – School Sport Victoria

Deanna Berry – School Sport Victoria

Stephanie De Bortoli – School Sport Victoria

Aliesha Newman – School Sport Victoria


If you know of any AFLW athletes who came through the school sport pathway that aren’t on this list, please let us know by emailing