WITH so many talented TAC Cup Girls making the transition to the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s, this week’s number crunching will look at 10 top-age prospects who had an impact for their sides at senior level.
1 Madison Prespakis (Calder Cannons -> Melbourne University)
23 disposals (70 per cent efficiency), five marks, five tackles
It is no surprise to see Prespakis up the top of the list, notching up 23 disposals at 70 per cent efficiency, while also taking five marks and five tackles. The former Cannons captain did not miss a beat in stepping up to the senior level and it is to easy to see why she will be considered with the top pick in the AFL Women’s National Draft.
2 Eleanor Brown (Sandringham Dragons -> Southern Saints)
25 disposals (52 per cent efficiency), three marks, seven tackles, one goal
Brown had a habit of just finding the ball at TAC Cup Girls level, and it appears her methods have worked at senior level as well. Not only did she pick up 25 disposals – the most of any top-age prospect this round – but she also took three marks and laid seven tackles. Her debut with the Southern Saints was capped off with a goal.
3 Megan Williamson (Bendigo Pioneers -> Williamstown)
15 disposals (60 per cent efficiency), five marks, nine tackles, one goal
The hardworking midfielder loves the contested work and that was clear when she was named the Seagulls best from 15 disposals. Laying nine tackles and taking five marks while also getting forward to boot a goal, Williamson is one who is ready for the senior football and it showed on the weekend with a top performance.
4 Daisy Bateman (Oakleigh Chargers -> Collingwood)
11 disposals (36 per cent efficiency), two marks, two tackles, three goals
While the permanent forward just had the 11 touches, Bateman booted three goals in a game where goals were a premium, and for an 18 year-old to do that against more experienced opponents is important. She also laid two tackles and took two marks.
5 Tyla Hanks (Gippsland Power -> Carlton)
20 disposals (45 per cent efficiency), five tackles, one goal
No surprises to see Hanks make the list as well, notching up 20 disposals and laying five tackles in her debut in the Navy Blue. She also booted a goal and showed she was not overwhelmed by the more experienced opposition, and will be another who is selected in the top handful of picks.
6 Sophie Van De Heuvel (GWV Rebels -> Wiliamstown)
21 disposals (33 per cent efficiency), three marks, eight tackles
Van De Heuvel really stepped up for the Seagulls in their first win, amassing 21 disposals, taking three marks and laying eight tackles. The GWV Rebels product is often not as big of a ball winner as others in the TAC Cup Girls competition, but usually uses it well. She did record just the 33 per cent efficiency, but in challenging conditions it was good to see her get her hands on it – also booting two behinds.
7 Georgia Clarke (GWV Rebels -> Geelong)
Eight disposals (88 per cent efficiency), two tackles
A really promising display coming in as the 23rd player for Geelong. The GWV Rebels AFLW Academy member racked up eight disposals and seven of them found a target, while also laying two tackles in the blue and white hoops.
8 Lauren Butler (GWV Rebels -> Western Bulldogs)
Six disposals (50 per cent efficiency), one mark, six tackles, one goal
The GWV Rebels captain got a good taste of VFL Women’s action in her limited time, picking up six disposals and applying her trademark hard-nosed attitude to lay six tackles and get on the scoreboard for her first goal in the competition.
9 Gabriella De Angelis (Eastern Ranges -> Southern Saints)
Eight disposals (50 per cent efficiency), two tackles, one goal
One of those impact players at TAC Cup Girls level, De Angelis played forward and picked up eight disposals and booted a goal, while also laying two tackles to not be overawed by the occasion.
10 Jordyn Allen (Dandenong Stingrays -> Casey Demons)
Nine disposals (44 per cent efficiency), four marks, two tackles
A player who will only get better as the season goes on once she camps back in her usual half-back position, Allen notched up nine disposals, four marks and laid two tackles for Casey and will be a vital player for them throughout the year.
Eastern Ranges’ defender Lauren Szigeti was super effective through limited touches, having five disposals at 80 per cent efficiency, while also taking a mark and laying two tackles. Sandringham Dragons’ captain Jemma Owen notched up 10 disposals for the Southern Saints in her debut, while Oakleigh Chargers captain Hannah McLaren was strong for Collingwood with six disposals and four tackles. McLaren’s teammate Bridie Winbanks had nine hitouts and four tackles against more experienced opposition, while Isabella Gietzmann finished with three touches and a tackle for Carlton.