Gaelic Superstars, including Aishling Sheridan, are well represented in this years camp.

CrossCoders is excited to announce that 14 elite European sportswomen are set to travel to Melbourne next week, with the chance to shine in front of AFLW clubs at the inaugural International Rookie Women’s Camp with CrossCoders. The European contingent from Ireland, France, Wales & England will travel alongside other highly talented sportswomen from America, Canada & Fiji, who have been identified from a pool of over 100 applicants to the CrossCoders program.

At least one of these women will find their way onto an AFLW list in 2019, with the Western Bulldogs and reigning premiership coach Paul Groves throwing their support behind the initial landmark international talent identification pathway. A quicker than expected growth of the program means they’ll now be competing for the talented sportswomen with the rest of the AFLW clubs.

The camp will see the elite talent from Gaelic football, rugby, basketball, camogie, netball, soccer and track & field backgrounds all vying to impress scouts, in a new frontier for the international expansion of Australia’s game.

CrossCoders is the brainchild of Paul Groves, current Bulldogs AFLW player, Lauren Spark, AFL England President, Jason Hill, and serial entrepreneur Jonathan Jeffries.

Initially designed to deliver one prized rookie position on the Western Bulldogs list to an elite international talent, the program has expanded to become an AFLW-wide initiative that will allow all clubs to cast their eye over the cream of the international crop.

CrossCoders co-founder, Jason Hill, said he was extremely excited to help these “genuine superstars” transition to Australian Football after the application process received an overwhelming level of interest.

“We are so excited that in such a short period of time we’ve been able to attract such a highly talented list of amazing women. It’s amazing to see such a diverse spread from the up and coming superstar to the experienced performer, from the USA to Fiji,” Hill said.


Gaelic Superstars, including Aishling Sheridan, are well represented in this years camp.

“Speaking with the AFLW clubs, there is such intrigue into how International sports can transition into the sport and what skills can be adapted to give the clubs a competitive advantage in the 2019 season.

Hill says that CrossCoders can become a key pillar of the infrastructure that promotes international expansion of the game amongst women, with getting the foundations in place before the gulf between homegrown and overseas talent becomes too vast crucial to any future growth.

“The AFLW has a unique opportunity to be one of the few professional women’s sports in the world as, at the moment, outside of WNBA, Soccer and Cricket, there aren’t many professional team sports around the world and even fewer which are supported as well by a nation as AFLW.

Current Irish Rugby Union International, Mairead Coyne, will swap the Rugby ball for the Sherrin.


“I believe if we put these both together we have the perfect melting pot to push AFLW to the top of Women’s International Sport while others play catch up in becoming professional.

“I am passionate about finding ways to create further opportunities in professional sport for women and this is what CrossCoders is predicated on – the belief that we can help make more opportunities for women across the world in sport.

Nia Jones is a Welsh dual-international in netball and soccer.

“Right now, we are seeing a growing movement across many different sports finally giving women the platform they deserve to showcase their talents and skills to the world. CrossCoders was born out of the desire to give women across the globe opportunities to succeed in sport, business and not be limited by the current professionalism of female sport.”


CrossCoders Inaugural Rookie Camp Participants – Melbourne

  1. Ailish Considine – Ireland – LGFA
  2. Aishling Sheridan – Ireland –LGFA
  3. Francesca Hocking – England – AFL & Soccer
  4. Aisling Curley – Ireland – LGFA
  5. Matelita Tuilevuka – Fiji – Rugby Union
  6. Aisling McCarthy – Ireland – LGFA
  7. Muireann Atkinson – Ireland – LGFA
  8. Amanda Maginn – Ireland – AFL
  9. Eimear Gallagher – Ireland – LGFA
  10. Amelia Kahr – USA – AFL
  11. April Lewis – USA – AFL
  12. Coline Duquet – France – AFL
  13. Fiadhna Tangney – Ireland – LGFA
  14. Mairead Coyne – Ireland – Rugby Union
  15. Mary Ryan – Ireland – Camogie
  16. Nia Jones – Wales – Netball & Soccer
  17. Nicola Kirwan – Canada – AFL & LGFA
  18. Yvonne McMonagle – Ireland – LGFA