Forward/ruck Caitlin Gould describes being named in the 2023 All Australian AFLW Squad for the first time as a “proud moment”.
The 24-year-old enjoyed a stellar season, averaging 8.5 disposals, 3.1 marks and kicking 18 majors, to finish third in the League on the goal kicking tally.
Gould joined teammates, Ebony Marinoff, Anne Hatchard, Chelsea Biddell, Danielle Ponter and Niamh Kelly, as the other Crows to be named in the squad.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Gould said having six players represented in the squad was a testament to the strength of Adelaide’s side.
“(It's) definitely a proud moment,” Gould said.
“Having six selections in the team is an awesome effort by the girls.
“It’s a credit to the girls that have just put in such hard work not only in the season but pre-season as well.”
Gould’s standout campaign has coincided with a move from the ruck into becoming one of Adelaide’s formidable forwards.
And she credited her Crows’ teammates and coaching cohort for fast tracking her development as a forward.
“Obviously I played ruck most of my career so far, so playing the key forward position role has been an exciting time,” Gould said.
“I’ve learnt so much from the girls around me like Ponter and Eloise Jones, and even our development coach Courtney Cramey, who has worked so hard with me on my forward craft and my goal kicking too.
“(Finishing third in the goal kicking) was a big surprise for me.
“Having that depth in the forward line and just the connection we have has been great as well.”
Following a tough loss in the Qualifying Final against Brisbane, Gould was confident the Crows would bounce back in the do-or-die Semi-Final against Sydney this Saturday night.
“(The loss to Brisbane) was a really disappointing one, there were a lot of learnings,” Gould said.
“We obviously didn’t play that exciting, brave brand of footy that we would have liked to be playing.
“The Swans are a great side, the way they have come out this season they have definitely recruited well.
“Saturday night is going to be an exciting one and hopefully we can get to that standard and play the brand of footy we want to play.”
Adelaide faces Sydney in a Semi-Final at Norwood Oval on Saturday night, with the first bounce at 7:15pm (ACDT).
Tickets available here.