Annie Lee has been a rock solid defender over the last couple of years and became a reliable source of rebound from the back 50 for the Geelong Falcons. Ticking a lot of boxes in her overall profile, Lee is good overhead, and at ground level and composed with ball-in-hand.
- Inside game
When assessing Annie Lee’s game, there are not many flaws to stop her from becoming a reliable AFLW player. Her role off half-back suits her to a tee, with her ball use, aerial ability and reading of the play, in particular her positioning, among her strengths. She knows how to control the line in defence, and can play high or deep, and is not afraid to run off, or settle down the back 50 with good composure. Whether she impacts the play with the ball or without it, Lee is one who always seems to have some influence on the game.
While some players might have one or two elite traits, Lee is just very good across the board, and it shows in her consistency from week to week. You know exactly what Lee will produce and she hardly puts a foot wrong. From winning the ball to using it well and bringing others into the game, Lee is someone who teammates can rely upon to keep the ball moving well in transition. The next step for her is to improve her versatility and in particular her inside game, just to add another string to her bow.
Her outside run and carry, and ability to read the ball quicker in flight than her opponents is really impressive, and by winning it more at the coal face or having that extra versatility, it will enable her to play multiple roles when there might be another spot opening up on the field. Overall, her consistency and composure by hand or foot is what stands out, but it is her ability to pull down marks, use the ball well and hit targets that make her an ideal player off half-back.
“Annie Lee had a few games with us, she takes strong marks down back. She’s a bit quieter than Chloe (Leonard) but it’s the same thing, she just plays her role and slots into the team.” – Bree Beckley (Geelong VFLW deputy vice-captain) via “PREVIEW | 2021 VFL Women’s Finals: Week One”
“The reliable rebounding defender barely put a foot wrong all season and was a player her teammates could rely upon to use the ball well out of defence. Her strengths were clearly her intercept marking, where she latched onto 5.1 marks per game to go with 16.9 disposals and 4.5 rebound 50s. Already she has managed the two games at VFLW level, and was outstanding for Vic Country in her three games, holding up the fort in defence well and providing some good rebound with almost five rebound 50s per game there. At 169cm she can play against tall or small opponents because she reads the ball well in flight and shows good composure when with it. As a whole, Lee just ticks a lot of boxes in terms of what she is capable of doing.” – Peter Williams via “2021 AFLW Draft Positional Analysis: Tall/Medium Defenders”
“Playing taller than her height suggests, Lee was a staple of the Falcons’ backline for the season, reliably able to take marks above head when the ball was at a high point, even when under direct pressure. The defender was often tasked with taking the kick-ins for the Falcons, utilising the pockets to run into and get extra distance behind her kick, looking to get it to teammates near the edge of the centre square. Lee was another who represented Vic Country at Under 19s level, as well as earning herself Geelong VFLW selection. She was consistently able to contribute her strengths to whichever team she lined up for.” – Declan Reeve via “2021 NAB League Girls team review: Geelong Falcons”
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NAB League Girls
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