Tasmania Devils have announced a 45-player squad for their inaugural full-time season in the NAB League Girls competition.
Featuring 14 players from the North, 13 from the North-West and 18 from the South, the Devils played three exhibition matches against Western Jets, Eastern Ranges and Oakleigh Chargers this season but will join the boys in NAB League next year.
North Melbourne star Emma Humphries, who had a taste of coaching at the School Sport Australia under-15 competition held in Launceston this season, will take up the role as match day leader while a fleet of five assistants will help out.
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AFL Tasmania's female talent manager Leigh Elder is excited about the opportunities ahead of the girls next season.
"The chance to play against the country's top talent week-in, week-out is going to be a new challenge for our program, but we're ready," he said.
"We have an exciting wave of young talent coming through our Devils program. The group's development promises to be really exciting, particularly with the support of this coaching structure.
"Emma Humphries' AFLW commitments are obviously her main priority, so this structure will allow for Emma to remain focused on her own football, while also furthering her promising coaching career," he said.
"One of our other female coaches will take the match day reins if Emma is ever unavailable through her AFLW commitments, allowing further growth opportunities for Jodie and Deb under the tutelage of Mick Arnold and our mentor coaches."
We have today announced our initial #NABLeagueGirls squad and coaching structure as we prepare to get stuck into the competition on a full-time basis in 2020 👊— Tasmania Devils (@TasmaniaDevils_) November 4, 2019
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