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AFLW: Crows to play in first final

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04:  Jasmyn Hewett of the Thunder is tackled during the round 13 VFLW match between North Melbourne and NT Thunder at Avalon Airport Oval on August 4, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mike Owen/AFL Media)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: Jasmyn Hewett of the Thunder is tackled during the round 13 VFLW match between North Melbourne and NT Thunder at Avalon Airport Oval on August 4, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/AFL Media)

Eleven of Adelaide’s AFLW listed players will compete in the NT Thunder’s first ever VFLW final on Sunday.

Ebony Marinoff, Marijana Rajcic, Jenna McCormick, Anne Hatchard, Jessica Sedunary, Sarah Allan, Angela Foley, Sally Riley, Renee Forth, Stevie-Lee Thompson and Jasmyn Hewett will compete in the final against Geelong.

The NT Thunder finished third in their inaugural VFLW season with 11 wins, behind Collingwood and Hawthorn.

Forward Sarah Perkins will also be competing in the finals with Hawthorn, who are taking on Collingwood in their semi-final on Saturday.

The players have benefitted from competing in a high-quality competition regularly throughout the winter, using the opportunity to continue to develop their skills as they look forward to the third AFLW season under new coach Matthew Clarke.

Young guns Hewett and Eloise Jones especially relished the opportunity to get more gameplay in after their first season.

Jenna McCormick in action

A number of Crows players have impressed for the Thunder.

Midfielder and captain Foley won the first ever NT Thunder women’s best and fairest with 91 votes, after an outstanding year.

She had the second most kicks in the competition with 212 and the second most inside 50s with 57.

Up-and-coming utility Hewett placed second with 82 votes, while newly-signed Crow Renee Forth finished fifth with 71 votes.

Sedunary played well up forward, kicking 15 goals from her 10 games and finishing third on the goal kicking tally behind Carlton’s Darcy Vescio (26) and Darebin’s Hannah Mouncey (19).

The NT Thunder were allowed to play six Adelaide-based AFLW players and six Darwin-based AFLW players in each game throughout the season.

The game against Geelong will get underway at 11.45am at Stannards Stadium on Sunday and the game will be streamed live on the VFL YouTube.