19/05/2024

Jess Waterhouse joins the Crows for AFLW season seven. (Photo: Adelaide FC)

The Adelaide Crows have moved Jasmyn Hewett to the inactive list while she is unable to play due to work commitments. In return, the Crows have added small-forward Jess Waterhouse to their roster for the upcoming season.

The Adelaide Crows have moved Jasmyn Hewett to the inactive list while she is unable to play due to work commitments. In return, the Crows have added small-forward Jess Waterhouse to their roster for the upcoming season.

The former premiership player Jasmyn Hewett will be unable to return to the Crows for the upcoming AFLW season. Due to a career opportunity with AirServices Australia she won’t be able to play as she can neither make training sessions or games.

Being selected in the 2017 AFLW draft, Hewett has gone on to play three years at the Crows and two years at the Gold Coast Suns. She averaged 2.9 kicks, 2.2 handballs and four hit-outs in her 16-game career.

Despite playing in the AFLW, she also works at AirServices Australia as an Aviation Rescue Fire Fighter. She said her new career opportunity was too good to be true and she couldn’t turn it down.

“It’s bittersweet, it’s hard to express the emotions,” Hewett said.

“I have absolutely loved being part of the Crows this past season and I am so grateful for the opportunities this football club has given me.

“Unfortunately, the training for this new job is at the same time as Season Seven, so I will be unavailable to play. The opportunity to work as an Aviation Rescue Fire Fighter is one that I could not pass up and I am excited to get started.”

Adelaide will be hoping to win back-to-back premierships. (Photo: Women’s AFL)

In her place the Crows have picked up Jess Waterhouse, a former junior Matilda and Adelaide United player. Known as a small-forward, Waterhouse made a big impact in the SANFLW with her explosiveness and will begin training immediately.

She has only played one year of AFL but has played sport for most her life coming from soccer. Her 157cm frame has caused a lot of problems for the defenders in the SANFLW. The 25-year old is in the peak of her career and will be hoping to get many opportunities to demonstrate how good she is.

Waterhouse was able to put away 16 goals last season finishing at equal-second on the goal kicking tally. The Adelaide Crows Head of Women’s Football Phil Harper had many pleasing words to say about Jess.

“Jess only gave up soccer to return to footy a couple of years ago and it was quite impressive what she was able to achieve in her first season with South Adelaide,” Harper said.

“We think Jess can develop into a dangerous small forward and add some more potency to our forward half,” he continued.

Adelaide kicks off its premiership defence with a Grand Final rematch against Melbourne under lights at Norwood Oval on Friday, August 26.

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