AFL Women's Under 18 Championships

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AFL Women's Under 18 Championships
Current season, competition or edition:
AFL current event.svg 2021 AFL Women's Under 19 Championships
FormerlyAFL Youth Girls National Championship
Sport Australian rules football
Inaugural season2010
Administrator Australian Football League
No. of teams10
CountryAustralia
Most recent
champion(s)
Vic Metro
(2019)
Sponsor(s) National Australia Bank
Related
competitions
AFL Under 18 Championships
Tournament format Round-robin

The NAB AFL Women's Under 18 Championships are the annual national Australian rules football championships for women players aged 18 years or younger. The competition is seen as one of the main pathways towards being drafted into a team in the professional AFL Women's competition (AFLW). Originally known as the AFL Youth Girls National Championship, the competition has teams of players representing their states and territories in a round robin tournament. The tournament is currently sponsored by the National Australia Bank. The winner of the 2019 tournament was Vic Metro.

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History

A 2008 series between Queenslander and Victorian teams was the predecessor to a national state-based competition for young female footballers. The inaugural competition was conducted in September 2010, in Craigieburn, Victoria. Six teams competed: Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, a combined New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory side (NSW/ACT) and two Victorian squads. These were divided into two pools: an East, made up of NSW/ACT, Queensland, AFL Victoria Development; and a West, made up of South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria. Teams played three regular games against the sides from the opposite pool before a finals series. [1]

Several team changes occurred in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, the Victorian sides became Victoria Metro and Victoria Country. [2] A combined Northern TerritoryTasmania team known as the Thunder Devils and an Indigenous Australian side called the Woomeras entered the tournament in 2014. [3] [4]

The 2017 introduction of AFL Women's, a national women's league, made the tournament into a pathway to the professional competition. [5] For 2017, the name of the competition became AFL Women's Under 18 Championships; it was previously known as the AFL Under 18 Youth Girls Championships. Changes were also made to tournament structure. The tournament was played over two rounds; in the first round, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory played in a separate division. The best players from the states combined to form an Allies team, which competed in the second round against the other states. (The Woomeras did not compete). [6] In 2018, a similar Eastern Allies team was established (made up of NSW/ACT and Tasmania players), bringing the total number of teams to 10. [7] [8]

There was no championships staged in 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the 2021 tournament to have an increased age eligibility by one year (under-19). [9] [10]

Tournaments

YearDivision 1 PremiersD1 B&FDivision 2 PremiersD2 B&FRef.
2013 Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg Vic Metro [11]
2014 Flag of Western Australia.svg Western Australia Hayley Miller (Western Australia) [12]
2015 Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg Vic Metro Tayla Harris (Queensland) Flag of South Australia.svg South Australia Sarah Allan (South Australia) [13]
2016 Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg Vic Metro Flag of New South Wales.svg / Flag of the Australian Capital Territory.svg NSW/ACT [14]
2017 Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg Vic Country Madison Prespakis (Vic Metro) [15]
2018 Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg Vic Country Madison Prespakis (Vic Metro) [16]
Nina Morrison (Vic Country)
2019 Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg Vic Metro Georgia Patrikios (Vic Metro) [17]
2020DNP (COVID-19) [9]

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