Ally Morphett is a GWS GIANTS Academy member and one of the few Murray Bushrangers who ran out in the orange and charcoal against the Bushrangers in the NAB League Girls competition. A competitive ruck who can also play forward, Morphett is hard to beat one-on-one with her strength overhead.
- Ruck work
- Penetrating kick
- Contested marking
Ally Morphett is an AFL Women’s Academy member and one of the top NSW/ACT talents, attached to the GIANTS Academy. She can be that strong ruck, or play full-forward and pull down a contested grab. When not winning it in the air, Morphett can bring the ball to ground and follow up with fierce tackling, ensuring the ball remains locked in the area. Her competitiveness and determination to win the pill makes her a valuable leader, and her leadership was rewarded with the Allies captaincy at the AFL Women’s Under 19 Championships.
Having come runner-up in the AFL Canberra best and fairest award as a 16-year-old during 2020, Morphett is more than capable of competing against senior bodies. She is terrific one-on-one, holds her ground well and is able to clunk anything sent to her zone. Whilst her athleticism is an area that she can continue to build on not being the quickest player, that comes with part and parcel of being a strong mark and bigger body for teammates to kick to going forward.
Her work at ruck stoppages is eye-catching by being able to plant her feet and become almost unmovable to then present taps on a silver platter for her midfielders, but also have enough vertical leap that she can impact at centre bounces too. With a penetrating kick that can just about travel 50m, Morphett could easily play centre half-forward as well and then put it to dangerous, goal-scoring opportunities, or have a go herself from range. Overall, Morphett is a readymade talent who can have an impact at the top level.
“I’m just trying to have fun with my footy. “It doesn’t really bother me if I don’t end up at AFLW or not, whether I end up at VFLW, I’m fine with anything at the moment, just to have fun with my footy that’s all.” – Ally Morphett via “Morphett’s football journey all about enjoyment”
“The AFL Women’s Academy ruck is the strongest one on the list, able to compete against senior players with ease. Rather than beating them through athleticism like many of those in this group, Morphett has a point of difference in the fact that she is able to win through strength and power, happy to engage in one-on-ones. Whilst not likely to burst away quickly from a contest, Morphett will wear down opposition rucks with her work rate, and is one of the more pure rucks in the draft crop. She came second in the AFL Canberra Best and Fairest last year as a 16-year-old, and has not done too much wrong for the Bushrangers, GIANTS or Allies in their respective campaigns. Morphett has natural leadership to-boot, captaining the Allies at the AFL Women’s Under 19 Championships, and with her superb ruck work, she is one that many can learn off at stoppages.” – Peter Williams via “2021 AFLW Draft Positional Analysis: Rucks”
“A dominant and powerful ruck who thrives aerially, Morphett was an imposing figure across her handful of NAB League outings for the Bushrangers in 2021. Ironically, she also ran out against her own region when representing the GWS Academy, before going on to feature prominently for the Allies. She averaged 11 disposals and just under 19 hitouts this season, while also showing her ability to impact while resting forward.” – Michael Alvaro via “2021 NAB League Girls team review: Murray Bushrangers”
AFLW U19 Championships