Former Singleton Roosterette Kalani Bates will be making her Hostplus SANFLW debut for reigning premier North Adelaide this Saturday.
Current Singleton women’s coach Nadene McBride believes her former ball winner will be one to watch on account of her progression from junior level.
“Kalani has come from a family of sporting legends in my eyes,” McBride explained.
“I watched her come through our junior ranks and knew from the very start that Kalani was going to be a star in the footy world.”
Bates was adjudged the best on ground player in Singleton’s 2020 women’s grand final win against Lake Macquarie, lifting the premiership cup with her teammate and proud mother Paula after the match.
That same season the talented teenager was also the recipient of the AFL Hunter Central Coast’s Women’s Plate Rookie of the Year, Coaches MVP and Rising Star awards.
She was also one of six Singleton Roosterettes named in the team of the year, selected on a wing.
Her father Travis and brother Jesse also represented Singleton with distinction in the men’s top tier competition.
“It was the very reason I talked her parents into letting her play senior footy at the age of 15,” McBride added.
“Injuries plagued her that year and such was her determination that she still took out all of those accolades.”
The North Adelaide Roosters celebrated an 18-point grand final win against Sturt last year, a tremendous feat after the double blues scored the opening four goals of the match.
Last week they celebrated a tight season-opening two-point win over Norwood to grab third spot on the ladder.
Their opponents West Adelaide sit on top of the table thank to their 14-point win over Glenelg.
The game will commence at 12:30pm (1pm Singleton time) at Hisense Stadium.
Kalani will be wearing #16.
BY ALEX TIGANI