SUNS Academy member Sienna McMullen will get the opportunity to don her national colours when the AFL Academy Girls face an Under 23 All-Stars team at Marvel Stadium later this month.

The match will be played as a curtain-raiser to the Round 14 AFL match between North Melbourne and Western Bulldogs on Sunday, June 18.

The AFL Academy Girls features a selection of the country’s most talented draft-age footballers. All players in the Academy were aged 17 as of January 1, 2023 and will be eligible for the next AFLW Draft, following the 2023 AFLW season.

The AFL Academy Girls program is designed to prepare talented young players for entry into elite football programs, with players set to take part in their third and final camp of the 2023 program in Melbourne next week.

The highlight of next week’s program will be the clash with the Under 23 All-Stars, which will comprise players from Victoria, Northern Territory and Tasmania who are this year playing in the Coates Talent League and rebel VFLW.

AFL National Academy Manager, Tarkyn Lockyer, said: “We are excited to see the future stars of our game showcase their talent at Marvel Stadium.

“For the players in the AFL Academy Girls program it will be a significant honour to wear the Australia jumper and represent their country.

“The match also provides a great opportunity for those representing the All-Stars team, who have been nominated to play by AFLW clubs after impressing in the Coates Talent League and at State League level this season.” 

The match will be available to watch live and free on the AFL website.