Future stars take centre stage in inaugural NAB AFLW U17 Championships

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AN UNDER-17 NAB AFLW Championships will be run around the country for the first time in 2021, further cementing the talent development pathways in the women's space.

Given the variable nature of state borders due to COVID-19, the championships will be intrastate, rather than interstate, with talent pools split in half or aligned to academies in order to face off against each other.

Sydney – which does not yet have an AFLW licence – is running under-17 and under-19 girls' academies for the first time this year, having progressively increased the age range of the programs over the past few years.

Giants player Charlize Skaines fires off a handball during the NAB AFLW U17 All Stars match against the Swans at Tom Wills Oval on February 21, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

The talent on show in the under-17 championships will not be eligible for the NAB AFLW Draft until at least 2022, giving AFLW recruiters across the country plenty of time to monitor players and watch out for emerging talent.

This year will also see the traditional NAB AFLW Under-18 Championships extended to an under-19 competition, in recognition of last year's interruptions.

NAB AFLW U17 Championships
Wed
26 May
WA Black 6.4 (40) def.
WA Gold 5.9 (39)
Cockburn 
ARC, WA
MATCH REPLAY
6:00pm
AWST
Wed
2 June
WA Black 3.3 (21) def. by
WA Gold 8.6 (54)
Cockburn 
ARC, WA
MATCH REPLAY
6:00pm
AWST
Sat
5 June
SA Blue 8.9 (57) def.
SA Yellow 5.4 (34)
Thebarton 
Oval, SA
9:45am ACST
Friday
25 June
SA A v
SA B
Thebarton
Oval, SA
5:00pm
ACST
Thurs
30 Sept
NT A v
NT B
TBC TBC
Sept TAS North v
TAS South
TBC TBC
Sept QLD Brisbane v
QLD Gold Coast
TBC TBC
Sept QLD Brisbane v
QLD Gold Coast
TBC TBC