SANDRINGHAM Dragons’ bottom-ager Sofia Hurley has become the fourth Draft Central NAB League Girls Player of the Week for 2021, and the third 2022 draft-eligible player to be nominated this season. Looking at just the three Round 5 matches, Hurley was the standout performer in her side’s big win over Gippsland Power to win the nomination, with the likes of Oakleigh duo Charlie Rowbottom and Stella Reid, and Tasmania duo Claire Ransom and Perri King also among the top players in their respective games, but Hurley was the one who stood alone in a remarkable effort.
The midfielder racked up 28 disposals, one mark, two tackles, three inside 50s and four rebounds in the Dragons’ victory, seemingly everywhere on the ground and the stats proved that with eight more touches than any other player on the field. Winning the ball at stoppages, Hurley would have the smooth-moving ability to exit the congestion and kick forward or keep the ball moving in transition to aid the Dragons in the 12.6 (78) to 3.2 (20) victory over the Power.
In season 2021, Hurley is averaging 16.3 disposals, 1.3 marks, 4.3 tackles, 3.0 inside 50s and 1.7 rebounds, and is a kick-first player. She turned 17 in January and is one of the midfield prospects to watch next year, having played all of team’s six games between 2020-21 thus far.
NAB League Girls Player of the Week:
Round 1: Charlotte Baskaran (Western Jets)
Round 3: Emily Shepherd (Dandenong Stingrays)
Round 4: Annie Lee (Geelong Falcons)
Round 5: Sofia Hurley (Sandringham Dragons)