Strathalbyn footballer Hannah Munyard makes Adelaide Crows AFLW debut

Strathalbyn footballer Hannah Munyard has taken to the field in her second season in the AFL Women's competition, but for the first time in her home state's team.

Munyard, a speedy midfielder, was traded to the Adelaide Crows after playing three games for the Western Bulldogs in 2020.

While she loved her time with the Bulldogs and creating many close friendships, the 19-year-old decided to return home to be with her family.

She has relished being back in South Australia and playing with friends, including best mate Madison Newman.

Munyard made her debut for the Crows on Sunday, February 21 against the Brisbane Lions at Hickey Park in Brisbane.

She notched up nine disposals and three marks, and laid two tackles.

A highlight of her game was setting up a shot on goal for Ashleigh Woodland while under pressure, which Adelaide Football Club football administration general manager Phil Harper was impressed with.

"She has an uncanny knack of even when she's being tackled, she can get boot to ball," Harper said.

"Her versatility is good; she played some minutes at half back, some minutes on the wing, and some minutes up at half forward.

"She had a good game and I think she should be there next week."

Munyard took a strong mark in the forward 50m in the last quarter, but was caught out trying to play on instead of taking a set shot at goal and was tackled by Bre Koenen.

The Crows took home the win, 6.9 (45) to 5.3 (33).

Harper said he looked forward to seeing Munyard develop her skills further.

"She's got a lot of talent but there's still a lot of improvement (she can make), and we're happy to invest in that," he said.

"I think she's a long-term player for us."

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