The Gold Coast SUNS have selected exciting NT prospect Ashanti Bush with the eighth selection in the 2021 NAB AFLW Draft.

Hailing from Beswick, a small Indigenous community about 80km east of Katherine, Bush has played a handful of games with Hawthorn’s VFLW team this year.

She’s a highly skilful forward with strong hands overhead, but is also equally dangerous at ground level with her evasiveness and football smarts.

SUNS Head of Women’s Football Fiona Sessarago said the club was thrilled to welcome Bush and strengthen its relationship with the Northern Territory.

“We’ve been watching Ashanti very closely over the last couple of years and are very excited to have her on board for next season,” Sessarago said.

“The club has a very strong relationship with the NT through our Academy programs up in Darwin and it’s fantastic to have players like Ashanti make their way on to our AFLW list.

“We see great potential in Ashanti as a player who can strengthen our forward line and provide more of a dynamic mix for the season ahead.”

Bush is a NAB AFLW Academy and NT-based SUNS Academy member and follows in the footsteps of fellow NT product Janet Baird who was drafted by the SUNS in 2020.

Player Bio:

Club: Darwin/NT Thunder

State: Northern Territory

Position: Forward

Date of Birth: 18/08/02

Height: 162cm