• Jayden J Bartlett

SANFLW 2022 Snapshot: Homegrown Talents (Part 1)

Season 2022 of the South Australian National Football League Women’s (SANFLW) competition has seen clubs snare opposition players, interstate recruits and plenty of local talent in a bid to make the most of their chances in the new and expanded league.

The introduction of the Development League has created plenty of spots that young and mature-aged players from each clubs’ zone have eagerly filled – and it is these such players that we are highlighting in our first Homegrown Talents segment.

South Adelaide, who were 2 wins away from contesting their fourth straight Grand Final, have bolstered their ranks with plenty of local signings. Just to name a few, the Panthers have secured the services of Willunga goal sneak Shae Archbold, who makes her highly anticipated way into the Panthers senior side. Joining her is fellow Willunga junior, Cleo Guilfoyle, Victor Harbor’s athletic tall, Alissa Brook, and Port Noarlunga prospect, Kaiya Ivett. Ruck-defender Kimberly Rowe, who was a former junior leader at Yankalilla, also joins their squad.

Kim Rowe (far left) stands alongside South's Holly Ifould, Sam Pratt, and Kaiya Ivett - image taken by MWM.

However, Rowe isn’t the only young ruck from the southern region that is currently training with a SANFLW side, with Flagstaff Hill’s athletic young ruck, Abbie Butler, looking to break into West Adelaide’s side. The Bloods have been busy during the off-season having made several big-name signings but, setting their sights on the local level, they have also picked up a talented trio from Broadview, with Renee Freeman, Ella Summers, and Astrid Powell making their way to the red and black.

Exciting Norwood youngster, Molly Brooksby, is staring down her debut season at the senior SANFLW level. Norwood, who has gained plenty of exciting interstate talent, has added the services of Hope Valley’s Tamsyn Nation and Hectorville’s Rosie Boon.

Making her way from the Hills Football League to Unley Oval is Tahlia Walker. Tahlia joins the Double Blues after achieving consecutive Best and Fairest winning seasons with Mount Barker and Hahndorf respectively. This crafty forward, who also can play in the midfield, joins the likes of Blackwood's Abbey Rigter who will now line up alongside her well-known big sister.

We have just scratched the surface of the new names that will be joining the SANFLW in 2022. We will continue to break down the recruits during the build-up to Round One.

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