An impressive three Southern Power AFC players have been selected in the Allies team for the NAB AFLW Under 19's Championships.
Southern Power players Brodee Mowbray and Jessica Whelan from the GIANTS Academy and Ruby Sargent-Wilson will travel to Melbourne to face Western Australia on Monday, April 12 and South Australia on Thursday, April 15.
"These players are all bright prospects for the future and we're looking forward to seeing them perform at the national championships in a few weeks," said GIANTS Academy Coach Cameron Bernasconi.
The three girls will join 11 other NSW/ACT's players, six players from Tasmania and four from the Northern Territory to form the Allies.
Head of AFL NSW/ACT, Tiffany Robertson, said the region's footy community is proud of the Allies.
"It is fantastic to see these young women selected for the Allies and represent NSW and the ACT on and off the field," she said.
"AFL is extremely popular for women and girls in NSW and the ACT and it is growing stronger thanks to players like these who prove we can mix it with the best in the country."
AFL NSW/ACT also recently announced that 14 female community football teams had received funding for uniforms designed specifically for females through the 2021 Toyota Good for Footy Gear Grants Program.
Held annually, the program provides eligible female football teams across Australia with up to $1,600 in funding for new jumpers and shorts to support the ongoing growth of female football.
Miranda Australian Football Club (Juniors) were among the 14 recipient clubs.
AFL Executive General Manager of Customer and Commercial Kylie Rogers thanked its Premier Partner, Toyota, for its support from the grassroots to the elite game.
"The rapid growth of female football experienced across the country over the last five years has been significant, so we're thrilled Toyota's Good for Footy Gear Grants program can support the delivery of female-specific uniforms so that more women and girls feel confident playing our game," she said.
Toyota Australia Chief Marketing Officer, John Pappas, said Toyota's Good for Footy Gear Grants Program would enhance the resources available to community football clubs to inspire more females to be involved in the game.
"We're delighted to welcome the return of the ... grants program in 2021, which we hope will encourage even more women and girls to get involved at the grassroots level so that we can ensure the women's game continues to not only grow but thrive," he said.