AFL Girls

AFL Girls

Want to take the next step in your AFL career?

The IAS AFL Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented AFL players by providing industry leading high-performance sport development programs. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October and concluding in September. However, there is a heavier focus on the program from September through to state team selection trials in April. The aim of the program is to provide additional skill development on top of club or school-based training.

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The program will provide coaching, training and competition to improve athlete development with a view to:

  • Develop the fundamental skill level of athletes which will enhance their opportunities for selection into NSW State Teams
  • Prepare athletes to a level where their transition to any NSW State Team is ‘seamless’ in terms of programs or pathways
  • Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events in Female AFL competition nationwide
  • Provide an introduction and progression into sport specific strength and conditioning
  • Provide education around athletic development as well as personal development in topics such as Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Media Skills / Public Speaking, Youth Leadership, Drugs in Sport
  • The program will conduct weekly skills based and strength and conditioning training to which attendance is expected

2020/21 Staff

Lee Murray, Head Coach

Thomas Dore, Assistant Coach

Bentley Murphy, Assistant Coach

Cameron Bailey, Assistant Coach

Mikayla Sheahan, Assistant Coach

Sheree Mason, Manager

2020/21 Squad

Amelia Anderson

Yasmin Anderson

Tara Bancroft

Ellecia Brooks

Jaime Brown

Madison Carr

Taylah Clarke

Jasmine Cook

Grace Crittenden

Ella Duffus

Sarah Eagleton

Gabby Eaton

Abby Eldridge

Ivy Halliwell

Hannah Hegarty

Nellie Hicks

Emma Lowe

Brielle Luccitti

Indra Marshall

Amelia Martin

Dakota Mason

Isabella Mcconville

Mia Mcmurtrie

Nikki Murray

Nayana Patmore

Ruby Reid

Claire Ridding

Georgia Ridding

Lauren Rooke

Ruby Sargent-Wilson

Courtney Smith

Taylah Stephen

Emily Stephens

Victoria Summerill

Riley Sutherland

Jade Timbrell

Ellie Veerhuis

Erin Willetts

Claire Wilson

Sofia Wilson

Scholarship Components


Skill Development


Strength & Conditioning

Media Skills

Education Sessions


2020/21 Scholarship

Athlete Eligibility

To be eligible for an IAS AFL Scholarship, athletes must:

  • Reside within the Illawarra Region, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee and
  • Be a registered member with AFL NSW through an Association within the Illawarra region
  • Between the ages of 15 to 19 during the scholarship i.e. born in 2002 – 2006

Athletes identifying as Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander are eligible to participate in the MCR Indigenous Sports Program (ISP). The ISP provides an opportunity for the IAS to provide mentorship and a dedicated level of focus upon the outcomes and support for Indigenous athletes.

Indigenous Sports Program


2020/21 AFL Girls

Selection Criteria

Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;

  • Physical abilities and physical skills considered to be essential for eventual success in AFL
  • Display an ability to apply coaching & technical instruction
  • Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance
  • Demonstrate potential to be selected for NSW state teams
  • The ability or potential to work as part of a team to achieve excellence

NB: Subjectivity is an unavoidable element of selection to the IAS AFL Squad.


2020/21 Scholarship

Trial Details

Trial dates for 2021-22 coming soon 


2020/21 Scholarship


The IAS is the only regional Academy to not charge an athlete levy to athletes successful in obtaining a scholarship. However, athletes may be required to contribute to some additional components of the program such as camps and tours.

Athletes will also be required to purchase the IAS AFL squad uniform.