Six Territory female footballers have been picked to play in the first Adelaide Crows Women's team in 2017.
The draftees join fellow Territorians Angela Foley and Jasmine Anderson in the side to represent the joint-venture by AFLNT and the Adelaide Crows.
Yesterday Sally Riley, Abbey Holmes, Heather Anderson, Sophie Armistead, Tayla Thorn and Stevie-Lee Thompson were made aware of their selection during the AFLW draft in Melbourne.
Anderson, a 22 year old, quick and tenacious defender from Waratah was the 10th pick overall, an honour richly deserved, following on her 2011 and 2010 selection into the All Australian Under 18 team.
Tracy Village co-captain Sally Riley, who was a finalist in the 2016 AFL Football Woman of the Year was identified for being a hard-working utility who prides herself on having clean hands in and around the contest.
Talented midfielder from the Wanderers, Armistead received great reward for her resilience shown over the past 11 months as she works to return from a torn meniscus injury. She was awarded the NTFL Women's Rising Star Award for season 2014/15.
The 2016 NT Yought Girls joint-captain, Thorn is an upcoming talent from St Mary's and represents the future of football in the Territory. She was a member of the NT Indigenous Youth Girls representative that won National Championships from 2013-15.
Holmes, a four-time premiership winner with Waratah and the four-time NTFL leading goalkicker will join the Club she has supported her entire life. Known for her football prowess, he has also represented South Australia and Australia at junior-level netball and SA and the NT at senior-level netball.
Rounding out the AFLNT draftees, Thompson is a recent convert to AFL football having joined the Wanderers in season 2015/16 and comes with a successful touch rugby background. Her pace and agility will be welcome assets to the Crows outfit.
We congratulate all draftees and are excited for the upcoming inaugural women's football competition. C'mon the Crows!!