Al­lan on Crows’ AFLW radar

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - JES­PER FJELDSTAD

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.

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