With his top-age NAB League campaign wiped out by a pre-season ACL injury, Bendigo Pioneers draft prospect Flynn Perez was forced to take a different perspective on football.
Harrison Jones didn’t expect to even be a 2019 NAB AFL Draft prospect earlier this year, but the Calder Cannons key forward knew everything had changed when he ran onto the MCG in June.
We spoke to a range of Victorian players selected in the recent NAB AFL Women’s Draft as well as several NAB League clubs to get their thoughts on the AFLW journey ahead.
Injury and illness at the Gippsland Power drove Riley Baldi to develop his leadership skills in ways he hadn’t expected to this year.
Tasmania Devils midfielder Mitch O’Neill this year became one of only three players selected in the last two NAB AFL Under-18 All Australian teams, but his latest season proved much more challenging than 2018.
The 2020 NAB AFL Women’s Academy squads have been announced, with 31 NAB League players included among the 52 total academy members.
The Western Bulldogs capped Gabrielle Newton’s decorated junior football career by selecting the Northern Knights premiership captain with the top pick in the recent NAB AFL Women’s Draft.
Sam De Koning has witnessed the evolution of key-position players in recent years and made it one of his primary goals in 2019 to develop into a ‘swingman’ at the Dandenong Stingrays.
Sam Philp’s omission from the 2019 Vic Metro squad only drove him to new heights at NAB League level for the Northern Knights this year.
Habits developed while representing Australia in basketball allowed Jay Rantall to transition seamlessly into the NAB League with the GWV Rebels this season.