Grace Mulvahil is a rising Northern Territory talent who has enjoyed an illustrious NTFL Women’s career since she was quite young. Earning best on ground in a senior grand final at just 16-years-old, as well as winning the competition’s Rising Star award, Mulvahil is someone who has been on the draft radar for some time.
An athletic talent with explosive pace, Mulvahil is able to play anywhere on the field, be it off half-back through the middle or up forward, such is her veratility. Her overall athleticism is quite impressive, and whilst she said she wanted to improve her work rate further, she still covers a lot of ground and seems to find the ball in various positions on the field. Not an enormous accumulator, Mulvahil is a high impact player with ball-in-hand and is able to use it well in transition.
Given her obvious athletic traits, Mulvahil has settled into half-back to use her run-and-gun attitude to take on the opposition and create separation from her opponents and would-be tacklers. Being able to hit targets under pressure and at speed is important, and Mulvahil is more than capable by hand or foot. One area that is a key improvement for the Territorian is her marking, with her overhead ability still a work in progress. Once the ball hits the ground though, Mulvahil can take off and leave opponents in the dust, and can even get forward and hit the scoreboard. Still developing, Mulvahil has good upside for the future to continue to improve.
“I started playing for Crocs when I was about 10-years-old. “Got into that because my brother played there and my sister wanted to start playing and I’ve bene playing ever since then “I first represented the NT when I was 14-years-old and then been in the Thunder Academy and represented NT again at 15. “Rhi Busch and Lala (Lateesha) Jeffery they both have been mentors at the club for me, stepping up into Premier League over the past two seasons.” – Grace Mulvahil via “Mulvahil able to adapt with pathway changes”
“The Northern Territory talent has been a junior star in the NTFL Women’s competition, becoming the second youngest player to win the best on ground in the senior grand final last year. She also won the Rising Star award, and has been touted as a talent to watch for many years. Still developing and constantly getting better, Mulvahil’s standout trait is her kicking, able to pinpoint passes around the ground both under pressure and when in space. Her acceleration off the mark, and evasion makes her hard to stop, with a high work rate to boot. Standing at 172cm, Mulvahil is a good size to play as a half-back or even push up to the wing, but knows where the goals are too if thrown forward. She averaged the 10.5 disposals, 2.0 marks and 3.5 tackles at the AFL Women’s Under 19 Championships, holding her own against stronger opponents and providing great run for the Allies.” – Peter Williams via “2021 AFLW Draft Positional Analysis: Tall/Medium Defenders”
“The smooth-moving player was able to roll off half-back and down the wing, breaking away with her speed from stoppages. In the third term, she shrugged off a tackle in the midfield to get hands free to a teammate, then would get her own hands dirty not long after with a good tackle at ground level.” – Peter Williams via “Top Performers: 2021 NAB League Girls – Round 9”
AFLW U19 Championships