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Lion cubs dominate AFLW 22Under22 squad

Reigning premiers, Brisbane, are set to continue their dominance with five players representing the Lions in the third iteration of the AFL Players’ Association’s AFLW 22Under22 squad, proudly presented by Snaffle.


With their side currently third on the ladder and ready for a tilt at back-to-back flags, Brisbane young stars Natalie Grider, Courtney Hodder, Jade Ellenger, Jesse Wardlaw and Tahlia Hickie feature in the initial 40-person squad, which highlights the competition’s best young talent.

Alongside the Lions’ quintet in this season’s squad are the likes of Alyce Parker, Danielle Ponter, Georgia Gee, Madison Prespakis and Monique Conti, with 20 players previously named in the squad, while only five are looking to be selected in the final 22 for the second time – highlighting a new wave of players emerging throughout the competition.

To be eligible for selection, players must be aged 22 years or under for the entirety of the season, including the finals series, and have played at least 50 per cent of the home and away season matches (five games or more).

AFL Players’ Association Board member, Annalyse Lister, said the competition’s emerging talent continues to strengthen the AFLW.

“These players are the future of the competition and we’re yet to see what they’re fully capable of but they’re already having a huge impact. I can’t wait to see where they take the competition in the coming years,” Lister said.

“It’s great to see such depth of talent across all lines on the field, once again showing the immediate impact the players are having. I look forward to seeing them continue to grow.”

22Under22 is the industry’s first recognised fan-voted award and provides the footy public with the power to select the final 22.

Fans can now visit to cast their vote, before the final team is revealed on March 29. The fan whose team is the best-matched to the final team wins an ultimate 22Under22 prize pack thanks to Snaffle.

Voting closes midnight March 22, 2022.

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