SUNS AFLW sharpshooter Kalinda Howarth has proven she’s just as deadly with a controller as she is with a football after finishing fourth in the AFL Gamers Network’s Stream Kings tournament.
Competing in the first-ever charity duos tournament featuring popular video game Fortnite, Howarth was paired with pro gamer Kalan “Serpennts” Jarvis in the three-match series.
Their equal-fourth finish in the maiden AFL eSports event saw the pair earn $5,000 for their nominated charities RizeUp (Howarth) and Lifeline (Jarvis).
The tournament hosted 41 of football’s avid gamers, paired with 41 of the region’s biggest Fortnite content creators to battle it out for a share of the $100,000 charity prize pool.
Fellow AFLW teammate Ellie Hampson finished 18th in the tournament while SUNS AFL draftee Jeremy Sharp came 40th.
Hawthorn midfielder James Cousins and his partner Alex “Alecc” Mackechnie were crowned the first AFL Stream Kings, winning $50,000 for their elected charities.
Collingwood’s Jaidyn Stephenson and his partner Nick “SpeedyND” Drum finished second while West Coast’s Jack Petrucelle and Riley “Jynx” Linde came in third.
The tournament was streamed live via the AFL Gamers Network YouTube channel and amassed over 87,000 viewers and fans through the live stream and social channels, with over 21 million minutes watched by fans across all platforms.
AFL Stream King featuring Fortnite: Charity Prize Pool Breakdown:
The top four duos won prize money for their chosen charities (split equally for each participant’s charity), with the allocation as follows:
- First place ($50,000) – James Cousins and Alex “Alecc” Mackechnie
Nominated charities: Australian Red Cross and the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation
- Second place ($30,000) – Jaidyn Stephenson and Nick “SpeedyND” Drum
Nominated charities: Heart Kids and Beyond Blue
- Third place ($15,000) – Jack Petruccelle and Riley “Jynx” Linde
Nominated charities: Sane Australia and Lifeline
- Equal Fourth place ($5,000) – Kalinda Howarth and Kalan “Serpennts” Jarvis; Maddie Shevlin and Abdullah “Parpy” Khudeish
Nominated charities: Rize Up and Lifeline; Fight Cancer Foundation and Lifeline