Tasmanian players shine the AFL Women’s under-18 championships

Courtney Webb and Daria Bannister with Launceston Women's Football Club captain Kate Child-Webb in 2016.
Courtney Webb and Daria Bannister with Launceston Women's Football Club captain Kate Child-Webb in 2016.

Several Tasmanian players have put their hands up for Allies selection after the state recorded its first win at the AFL Women’s under-18 championships in Adelaide.

Trent Bartlett’s team bounced back from Friday’s 9.4 (58) to 1.3 (9) defeat to South Australia by recording a 6.5 (41) to 4.4 (28) victory over Northern Territory at West Adelaide on Sunday. 

Before the tournament, the AFL’s website named Launceston duo Courtney Webb and Daria Bannister among its players to watch who could become eligible to be drafted to AFLW clubs in October and both delivered on the prediction with Webb named Tasmania’s most valuable player.

The best round-one players from Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania will be selected to play for an Allies team in round two which runs from July 10-14, with six teams playing three games over five days. 

The first Allies fixture is against a NSW-ACT composite team at Bond University on the Gold Coast on Monday, July 10, followed by Western Australia in Broadbeach a couple of days later.

Gala day

The first ever independent schools women’s gala football event is being held on Saturday.  

St Patrick’s College, Launceston Church Grammar, Fahan and Guilford Young are all set to compete at Lilydale.

The proposed schedule sees St Pat’s playing Fahan at 10.30am before Grammar plays Guilford Young at 11.30am.

After a lunch break, Fahan plays Grammar at 1pm then St Pat’s takes on Guilford Young at 2pm.