Tasmanian Super League star Madison Chambers is set to continue the Australian pipeline to Alabama State, committing to the Hornets for 2021. Alabama State have already had significant success with a Tasmanian player, with Shelbi Vienna-Hallam carving out a brilliant two seasons as a player before staying on as an assistant coach for two more years. Chambers will be the third Aussie on the Alabama State roster in 2021, joining Sophie Bui and Grace Norbury.
Winner of the Tasmanian Super League’s Best and Fairest award as well as the Players’ MVP in 2019, Chambers was simply scintillating for Olympia FC Warriors. Although a natural left winger, Chambers banged home 18 goals in 20 appearances as Olympia finished second on the table, just three points behind Hobart Zebras. Unsurprisingly, Chambers also finished the season as the Olympia women’s team’s leading goalscorer.
Tasmania’s player of the tournament at the 2019 NTC Challenge, that campaign was actually Chambers’ third appearance in the competition at the Under 17 level, having played in both the Under 15 and Under 17 tournaments in 2017. 2017 also saw the Tasmanian called up to Junior Matildas squad for a camp in Sydney, alongside Texas A&M Corpus Christi freshman Molly Arens. Chambers has also represented Tasmania at athletics, competing at Australian All Schools Championships in the 800m in 2016, with that ability no doubt valuable in her footballing endeavours.
The sixth Australian player to join Alabama State in recent seasons, head coach Jodie Smith will be hoping Chambers has the same kind of success that players like Shelbi Vienna-Hallam and Anastasia McCleary had with the Hornets. A regular contender in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Alabama State will be hungry to get back to the same heady heights that they reached with back-to-back championships in 2016 and 2017, and Chambers’ commitment looks set to provide them with a standout player that can help them get back to that level.