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AFLW: New Crows on the big stage

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 30: during the Adelaide Crows AFLW 2019 official team photo day at AAMI Stadium on November 30, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 30: during the Adelaide Crows AFLW 2019 official team photo day at AAMI Stadium on November 30, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

Adelaide’s 2018 AFLW draftees and recruits will pull on the tricolours for the first time in the side’s trial match against Fremantle in Darwin this weekend.

First-round draft pick Nikki Gore and basketball convert Jessica Foley are among the newcomers that will get their first taste of AFLW under the lights of TIO Stadium.

It will be a special night for NT-based Danielle Ponter, who will play her first game as a Crow in her hometown as her family and friends watch on.

Off-season recruits Renee Forth and Sophie Li are also set to bump up Adelaide’s midfield stocks, while cross-code rookies Ailish Considine and Maisie Nankivell will play on the big stage for the first time.

It will also be the first hit-out for new coach Matthew Clarke, who said he was eager to see his new players in action.

“Trial games offer a great opportunity for us to give all our players, including the new additions, a run and see what they’re capable of,” he said.

“It’s also a good chance for us to assess how we play as a unit after all the work our players have put in on the training track.

“Even though we will be looking at some new things, we also want to ensure our contest skills are at a high level and we know Fremantle will be a tough opponent particularly in the contest. It should be a great preparation for Round One in just two weeks."

Due to injury, Courtney Cramey (hamstring), Jessica Sedunary (foot) and Eloise Jones (groin) will not take to the field.

Forward Sarah Perkins will play half the game, after managing ongoing back soreness, but is expected to be ready to go for Round One.

Jenna McCormick will also miss the game due to her soccer commitments with the Brisbane Roar.

The game will be live streamed on YouTube from 9pm ACST, thanks to AFLNT.