Brooke Hards is a former co-captain at the Bendigo Pioneers from the Mildura region. Representing Vic Country at Under 16s and Under 18s level – the latter as a bottom-ager – Hards has progressed through to the VFL Women’s competition. Plying her trade as a predominant inside midfielder, Hards has previously played at half-back at Under 16s level, and spent more time forward with the Western Bulldogs in the state league competition. A Pioneers best and fairest winner as a 16-year-old in the Under 18s, Hards’ strengths include her athleticism, tackling pressure and kicking, whilst she is looking to improve her decision making.
In 2019, Hards ranked first overall in the NAB League Girls for tackles, producing 89 for the season at an average of 9.9 per game, then averaging 6.0 per game at the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships that year, putting her equal eighth overall for the carnival. She also averaged the second most disposals of any Bendigo Pioneers player in 2019, which she backed up across her two games in 2020 where she ranked second in disposals and first overall in marks. Hards was named in the 2019 Draft Central Team of the Year and received an AFL Women’s Draft Combine invite at the end of 2020.
“It was remarkable what she did last year, she left at 4:00 on Saturday morning to come to our trial games in Bendigo to watch the girls play – she didn’t play. “So that’s the commitment there, it’s a return trip in the day equivalent to a drive from Melbourne to Sydney. “She’s (Hards) clearly our role model/leader.” – Steve Sharp, former Bendigo Pioneers Talent Manager via “Belief growing at the Pioneers”
“We’ve got a girl by the name of Brooke Hards, she’s a 17-year-old in February, she’s a midfielder – a real hard-running player, she’d be the best performed athlete in our program we think. “She’d be under eight minutes or low sevens in regards to her 2km stuff so she’d show up some of the boys, so we’re looking for some exciting things from her.” – Sharp via “U18 Girls season preview: Bendigo Pioneers”
“Hards showed a willingness to back herself at all times coming off half-back. She got caught a couple of times, but for the run and ability to crash through opponents, it was worth it. She charged out of defence a number of times and was often under pressure. She laid a great tackle at half-back early in the game and hit-up Maggie Caris on the wing.” – Draft Central Chief Editor Peter Williams via “Scouting notes: National AFLW U16s Championships”
MORE TO COME.
U18 Girls Championships
|2019||Vic Country Girls||8||2||10||1||0||0||12||0||0||1||0||1||2||4.0||1.0||5.0||0.5||0.0||6.0||0.5||20|
NAB League Girls
|2021||Western Bulldogs VFLW||23||25||48||8||0||0||31||0||0||0||0||1||5||4.6||5.0||9.6||1.6||0.0||6.2||0.2||30|