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AFLW: Rookies round out squad

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I’ve said before Calista has one of the best goose-steps I have seen
Coach Bed Goddard

The Adelaide Football Club has finalised its AFLW list with the signing of young guns Calista Boyd and Brianna Walling in today’s Rookie Draft.

Boyd, who is based in Darwin where she lines up with the Wanderers in the Northern Territory Football League, grew up in Queensland and has a background in touch football.

The 18-year-old midfielder/forward, also a talented basketballer, has speed, agility and is clever around goal.

When Boyd moved to Darwin, she was introduced to Australian Rules by her high school teacher, Crows AFLW premiership player and vice-captain Sally Riley.

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Also 18, South Australian Walling showed her potential at the 2017 Under-18 National Championships where she represented SA and the Allies (SA/NT/TAS).

A Year 12 Student at Reynella East College, the midfielder/forward lined up with Glenelg in the inaugural SANFL Women’s Competition and plays with Morphettville Park in the local league where nine Crows were drafted from in 2016.

Crows Senior Coach Bec Goddard coached both Boyd and Walling during the Under-18 National Championships and said the two showed great ability.

“I’ve said before Calista has one of the best goose-steps I have seen. She has pure pace and great game sense,” Goddard said.

“Similarly, Brianna has great speed and agility as well as a real willingness to take on the contest. She is a budding midfielder or small forward who has good craft.

“We’re thrilled to have now finalised our squad of 30 and we’re looking forward to the official commencement of pre-season on November 20.”

On Wednesday, the Crows secured six players in the AFLW Draft including the Club’s first-ever set of sisters.

Read more about Adelaide’s AFLW Draft haul and the re-signing of inaugural AFLW Crow Sophie Armitstead as a Free Agent.