What we learned: AFLW U17s – Queensland & Northern Territory
WITH back-to-back games in both Queensland and the Northern Territory done and dusted at Under 17s level for another year, we gather a few key points to take out of the games to go forward with for next year.
AFLW U17 CONTENT:
>> Queensland AFLW U17s match report #1
>> Queensland AFLW U17s match report #2
>> Northern Territory AFLW U17s match report #1
>> Northern Territory AFLW U17s match report #2
>> Queensland AFLW U17s Top Performers #1
>> Queensland AFLW U17s Top Performers #2
>> Alana Gee Player Focus
>> Ella Calleja Player Focus
- Alana Gee is the standout prospect for 2022
Queensland has quite a few impressive prospects for 2022, and coming into the AFLW U17s carnival Alana Gee was expected to be the top talent, and she showed exactly that. After a strong outing for her state at the Under 19s carnival earlier this year, she put together a couple of big games to average the most touches across the two-game series, including an unbelievable best-on-ground performance in the first Suns’ win over Brisbane Lions Academy. The likes of Fleur Davies (ruck) and Imogen Evans (inside mid) are another couple of Gold Coast talents who will be ones to watch next season. There are a number of impressive forwards who hit the scoreboard such as Isabella Iverach, Maggie O’Connell and Ella Calleja.
- Brisbane Lions have some inside mids and athletic forwards to watch
Charlotte Mullins was the name coming into the AFLW U17s carnival that had already enjoyed some impressive performances this year, including for Queensland in the AFLW U19s match against Vic Country. The natural inside midfielder has versatility to play anywhere, with her Lions Academy teammate, Ava Seton an equally uncompromising hard nut giving Brisbane some choices for on-ball options. That is before you think of Ella Smith who will be among the top few Queensland prospects, with the natural ball-winner having a massive 27 touches in the sole game she played. Up forward, both Brooke Sheridan – who spent time in defence – and Kadie Fletcher have some impressive upside, with a real even balance after that.
- Gold Coast Suns’ 2024 Draft is looking good
Already the next few years look good for the newest Queensland side, but a couple of 2006-born (2024 AFLW Draft) prospects have already shone against older opponents. Tara Harrington in particular is projecting as a real top-end prospect with her overall skills, decision making, athleticism and one-one ability, while Nyalli Milne has some of the best acceleration going around, and once she irons out her overall game, will be one of the most exciting prospects to watch.
- J’Noemi Anderson the top prospect for 2022
After being the sole bottom-age Northern Territory prospect in the Allies’ Under 19s squad, J’Noemi Anderson is the one to keep an eye on for 2022. When she has the ball, Anderson can do some impressive things with it, with her tackling pressure and decision making impressive. Her finishing at times could improve as could her two-way running, but when she is up and about, she is eye-catching and damaging.
- Grace Whittaker and Annabel Kievit a couple of names to remember
While Anderson is the 2022 AFL Draft one to watch, there are a couple of NT talents who have caught the eye for the following year. Annabel Kievit has already had a run around with the Gold Coast Suns Academy, and has a long boot and some exciting abilities forward of centre. Grace Whittaker hardly plays a bad game at the level, and is one who with another two years of development, could become a really versatile and impactful player. She has good footy smarts and can impact the game in multiple roles from ruck, to forward and midfield.
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