ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 31: Anne Hatchard of the Crows celebrates a goal with team mate Justine Mules during the 2019 AFLW Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Carlton Blues at Adelaide Oval on March 31, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by AFL Photos)
Eight premiership Crows have re-signed with Adelaide, including emerging midfielder and 2019 All Australian Anne Hatchard.
Crows General Manager of Football Administration Phil Harper said the Club was thrilled to have a core group of its premiership team sign on for 2020 and beyond.
“It’s really pleasing that Anne, Deni, Eloise, Justine, Chloe, Renee, Hannah and Ailish believe our environment is the best one for them as players and people,” Harper said.
“Anne has put in an enormous amount of work and it was pleasing to see that pay off this season. She established herself as a quality midfielder and also accepted the challenge of playing in the ruck when the team needed her.”
“Deni, Eloise and Justine also took their games to new levels in 2019. We think their best football is still ahead of them, which is an exciting prospect for our Club and our fans.”
“Renee, Hannah and Ailish came into our Club from different backgrounds. They all bought into our culture immediately and played important roles in our team success.”
“It was heartbreaking for Chloe to injure her knee in the Grand Final, but we all saw her potential during the season. Chloe has maintained a positive mindset and is very determined to complete her rehabilitation with our support and play again when she’s ready.”
With majority of the squad on an overseas trip last week, it is expected that there will be more signings announced later in the week, before the signing period closes on Thursday, April 18.
On Wednesday night, the team will be honoured by SA Premier Stephen Marshall and Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor at a civic reception at Town Hall.