Allan on Crows’ AFLW radar
THE Crows could have its first two sisters in the side next season after Jessica Allan, the younger sister of premiership player Sarah, was outstanding during the first national women’s draft combine in Melbourne this week.
Allan, 18, won both the standing and running vertical jumps and finished sixth in the 20m sprint as the country’s most sought-after female talent went through physical testing at Etihad Stadium.
Her efforts — combined with an outstanding effort in the Bec Goddard-coached Allies at the AFL women’s under-18 championships in Queensland earlier this year — have not gone unnoticed by the Crows.
She also fits in with what the Crows need for next season — players who can provide run on the outside and kick a goal.
“I suppose what we need to look at is our needs for the team,” football manager Phil Harper said.
“We lost Kellie Gibson last year and she was an outsiderunning, goal kicking forward.
“So we’ll be looking for some of those. And Jess performed really well.
“She’s definitely on our radar.
“It’ll be good for her to be able to join her sister if she gets drafted.”
Harper said there was plenty of talent to choose from when the draft is conducted on October 18.
The Crows have first choice on the South Australians as long as they list SA as their preferred destination.
AFL female football talent manager Aasta O’Connor singled her out as one of the 46 players who caught the eye.