2021 DC Medal Count Leaderboard: Top two talents lead way with even chasing pack

TWO of Victoria’s top AFL Women’s Draft prospects are leading the way at the midpoint of the season in the Draft Central (DC) Medal count for NAB League Girls. Oakleigh Chargers’ Charlie Rowbottom has polled 19 of a possible 20 votes, three votes ahead of Calder Cannons’ Georgie Prespakis (16), with both players having played four games thus far in season 2021.

After that it is an even split across the board with Geelong Falcons defender Annie Lee having a game in hand following a consistent start to the season polling 13 votes in three games, while Rowbottom’s teammate Stella Reid, and Tasmania Devils’ Claire Ransom have polled the 13 in four games. Ransom is also currently the highest ranked player of the bottom-agers, with Western Jets duo Montana Ham (11 votes) and Charlotte Baskaran (10), and Dandenong Stingrays’ Emily Shepherd (10) the others inside the Top 10.

Also included in the Top 10 of the DC Medal Leaderboard is Tasmania Devils’ Perri King and Geelong Falcons’ Tess Craven who have both attracted 11 votes. The voting system is 5-4-3-2-1 awarded by each of the individual writers. The highest ranked top-age (19-year-old) talent is Bendigo Pioneers’ Elizabeth Snell who is one vote outside the Top 10 with nine votes. Other clubs’ not previously mentioned highest vote-getters are Megan Girolami (Northern, nine votes), Georgia Campbell (Eastern, seven), Aurora Smith (Murray, seven), Grace McRae (Gippsland, five), Paige Scott (GWV, five) and Sofia Hurley (Sandringham, five).

This year marks the first year the DC Medal will be fully completed, with the NAB League Girls season only lasting three rounds in 2020. At the season cancellation, Northern Knights’ Ellie McKenzie (Richmond, pick one) and Dandenong Stingrays’ Tyanna Smith (St Kilda, pick six) were tied for first place.

DC MEDAL LEADERBOARD POST JETS/DEVILS:

Charlie Rowbottom (Oakleigh Chargers) 19
Georgie Prespakis (Calder Cannons) 16
Annie Lee (Geelong Falcons) 13*
Stella Reid (Oakleigh Chargers) 13
Claire Ransom (Tasmania Devils) 13
Tess Craven (Geelong Falcons) 11*
Perri King (Tasmania Devils) 11
Montana Ham (Tasmania Devils) 11
Emily Shepherd (Dandenong Stingrays) 10*
Charlotte Baskaran (Western Jets) 10

*Team has only played three games (rest have played four)

TEAM-BY-TEAM VOTES:

BENDIGO PIONEERS:

9 – Elizabeth Snell
6 – Octavia Di Donato
5 – Tara Slender
4 – Jayda Richardson
1 – Lila Keck

CALDER CANNONS:

16 – Georgie Prespakis
7 – Emelia Yassir
6 – Tahlia Gillard
2 – Zali Friswell

DANDENONG STINGRAYS:

10 – Emily Shepherd
9 – Amber Clarke
4 – Mackenzie Eardley
3 – Jemma Radford
2 – Jaide Anthony
2 – Zoe Hill

EASTERN RANGES:

7 – Georgia Campbell
6 – Bridget Deed
5 – Olivia Meagher
5 – Alyssia Pisano
3 – Mia Busch
1 – Matilda Hardy

GEELONG FALCONS:

13 – Annie Lee
11 – Tess Craven
7 – Renee Tierney
3 – Poppy Schaap
2 – Ash Van Loon
1 – Gabbi Featherston

GIPPSLAND POWER:

5 – Grace McRae
3 – Grace Matser

GWV REBELS:

5 – Paige Scott
4 – Chloe Leonard
4 – Lilli Condon
2 – Molly Walton
2 – Ella Friend
1 – Nyakoat Dojiok

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS:

7 – Aurora Smith
5 – Keeley Skepper
2 – Grace Hay

NORTHERN KNIGHTS:

9 – Megan Girolami
7 – Ava Jordan
5 – Maeve Chaplin
4 – Tarrah Delgado
4 – Trinity Mills
3 – Brooke Plummer
2 – Tallia Pulcino
1 – Megan Barnes

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS:

19 – Charlie Rowbottom
13 – Stella Reid
3 – Amelie Smith
3 – Brooke Vickers
3 – Holly Kenealy
1 – Alexandra McCulloch

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS:

5 – Sofia Hurley
4 – Ebony Angelopoulos
3 – Charli Murphy
2 – Bridie Hipwell
1 – Chloe Saultry
1 – Keely Coyne

TASMANIA DEVILS:

13 – Claire Ransom
11 – Perri King
5 – Amy Prokopiec
2 – Amy Bissett
2 – Ella Maurer
2 – Jemma Webster
1 – Meghan Gaffney

WESTERN JETS:

11 – Montana Ham
10 – Charlotte Baskaran
2 – Paige Ryan
1 – Krystal Russell
1 – Laura Elliott
1 – Ciara Singleton

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