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AFL Women’s Draft Combine: Player Summaries

AFTER the 2019 AFL Women’s Draft Combine list of names were announced earlier in the week, we take a look at each player who was nominated, with a quick summary and link to their profile. Check them out below:

2019 AFLW NAB Draft Combine Nominees

NSW/ACT: [3]

Georgia Garnett (East Coast Eagles)
* Eastern Allies captain, member of the GWS GIANTS Academy and a player from the GIANTS heartland of western Sydney

Eloise Hiller-Stanbrook (Dubbo)
* Tireless ruck who averaged 14 hitouts per game at the AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships

Brenna Tarrant (East Coast Eagles)
* All-Australian in 2019 and a crucial key defender who can move up the ground, also from western Sydney heartland

QUEENSLAND: [8]

Georgia Breward (Coolangatta)+
* Suffered a season-ending injury last year but showed plenty of talent and determination

Isabel Dawes (Maroochydore)
* Classy, smart forward who made All-Australian last year in her middle-age year

Dee Heslop (Yeronga South Brisbane)
* Consistent player who has been reliable in the defensive half and uses the ball well

Tahlia Hickie (Coorparoo)+
* Ruck prospect who played as an over-ager at the championships and performed strongly

Lily Postlethwaite (Maroochydore)
* Dual All-Australian and state captain, super talented midfielder

Taylor Smith (Bond University)+
* Tall target who presented well during the championships up forward, another overage player on the list

Serene Watson (Bond University)
* Another dual All-Australian from Queensland who provided a reliable marking target in the defensive half, repelling opposition attacks time and time again

Tarni White (Coorparoo)
* Returned from an ACL injury to show some promising signs at the championships and has plenty of upside

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: [4]

Montana McKinnon (South Adelaide)
* Dual All-Australian ruck and dual Most Valuable Player (MVP), South Australian and Central Allies captain, South Adelaide premiership player… the list of accolades is unbelievable. Top ruck in the draft crop

Hannah Munyard (South Adelaide)
* Smart user of the footy with elite athletic traits, premiership player at South Adelaide predominantly through the midfield

Madison Newman (West Adelaide)
* One of the top rebounders in the draft crop, an All-Australian in 2019 and consistent as they come

Jaimi Tabb (Woodville-West Torrens)
* Tackling machine who thrives on the contest and has shown a capability to also win the ball on the outside as well

TASMANIA: [1]

Mia King (Launceston)
* Super talented mover through the midfield with burst speed, King won the Eastern Allies’ MVP for the carnival to go with her All-Australian selection. North Melbourne have first priority being Tasmanian

VIC COUNTRY: [10]

Teagan Brett (Murray Bushrangers)
* Small midfielder who came of age in the championships, playing well on the outside and getting the ball from midfield into attack

Millie Brown (Murray Bushrangers)
* Potential Geelong father-daughter selection, Brown was superb across the championships in defence until injury ruled her out of the final game. 2019 All-Australian

Luka Lesosky-Hay (Geelong Falcons)
* Accumulator who just finds the football and works hard into space, a key cog in Geelong Falcons’ midfield with Lucy McEvoy

Lucy McEvoy (Geelong Falcons)
* Hard to even begin with the accolades, but a three-time All-Australian, dual Best and Fairest, premiership captain, Vic Country MVP… just a star and unbelievable leader who has captained for three years at the Falcons

Sophie Molan (GWV Rebels)
* Natural born leader who captained the Rebels this year and is as versatile as they come, can play anywhere and was a 2019 All-Australian

Shanara Notman (Gippsland Power)
* A late bloomer after having last year off, she can play up either end and is strong in the air and very good athletically

Paige Sheppard (Geelong Falcons)
* Raised her draft stocks at the championships with a terrific carnival following on from a consistent year in the NAB League Girls

Brooke Vernon (Dandenong Stingrays)
* One of Dandenong’s best in the NAB League Girls this year, playing as a rebounding defender who is as good in the air as she is at ground level

Nikia Webber (Gippsland Power)
* Tall forward who can also play through the midfield, Webber is an elite kick of the footy, arguably the best in the draft crop with accuracy and penetration

Ella Wood (GWV Rebels)
* Uncompromising midfielder who loves the contested side of footy and relishes winning the hard ball with great courage

VIC METRO: [15]

Alana Barba (Calder Cannons)
* A tackling machine who stood up particularly later in the year, emerging as a genuine draft chance with great defensive pressure

Molly Denahy-Maloney (Sandringham Dragons)
* Athletic ruck who captained Sandringham Dragons this year and held up Vic Metro’s ruck division in 2019

Elisabeth Georgostathis (Western Jets)
* Captain of Western Jets and one who always puts her body on the line, Georgostathis was another who raised her draft stocks at the championships with important moments in big games. Can play anywhere on the field too

Isabella Grant (Western Jets)
* Potential Western Bulldogs father-daughter, she is able to play midfield or forward and can take a grab and hit the scoreboard

Britney Gutknecht (Northern Knights)
* Known for her goalkicking last year, Gutknecht became an inside midfielder this year and was a key player in the Knights’ premiership side

Gemma Lagioia (Oakleigh Chargers)
* Classy user of the football who can play anywhere on the ground, she was able to develop her inside game at the championships to add another string to her bow

Laura McClelland (Eastern Ranges)
* One of only three Vic Metro All-Australians, McClelland can play anywhere on the ground and is strong in the air and capable of kicking terrific goals

Nell Morris-Dalton (Northern Knights)
* One of the most consistent players this season, Morris-Dalton had a massive end to the NAB League Girls season and is so strong one-on-one, particularly in the air

Gabrielle Newton (Northern Knights)
* Dual All-Australian, Northern Knights premiership captain and one who is almost copied and pasted into the best every week, Newton hardly puts a foot wrong and has played literally everywhere on the field from the ruck to all thirds of the ground given her athletic talents

Georgia Patrikios (Calder Cannons)
* Overall MVP of the championships, Patrikios led her Calder side to a grand final and has the best agility of any player in the draft crop. Uses the ball well and is a dual All-Australian too

Marguerite Purcell (Sandringham Dragons)
* Speedy winger who has developed rapidly this year playing for the Dragons and earned a spot on Vic Metro’s list for the championships, holding her own there

Sarah Sansonetti (Northern Knights)
* Reliable defender who stood up in the NAB League Girls Grand Final for Northern and just does the job week-in, week-out

Cleo Saxon-Jones (Western Jets)
* Key forward who is a strong contested mark and powerful set shot at goal, she thrived on one-on-one situations at the championships

Felicity Theodore (Calder Cannons)
* Fierce tackling runner who just works hard all day and attacks the footy and ball carrier with vigour, able to play up either end and provide great defensive pressure

Nicola Xenos (Oakleigh Chargers)
* Talented running defender who uses the ball well off half-back and makes good decisions with ball-in-hand

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: [4]

Sophie McDonald (Claremont)+
* Key defender who repelled opposition attacks and was able to set up attacking plays after some goal-saving moves deep in defence

Emma O’Driscoll (Swan Districts)*
* Did not play up on the Gold Coast, but O’Driscoll is a reliable defender who has good positioning and high level smarts

Roxanne Roux (East Fremantle)
* Exciting key forward who has a massive vertical leap and could become a human highlight reel with her long kicking, goal sense and work rate; another All-Australian

Mim Strom (South Fremantle)
* Really stood out in the ruck as a key player who not only worked well at stoppages, but at ground level and around the ground, providing an impact – 2019 All-Australian too

+Overage player (ie. born 2000)

2019 AFL Women’s Draft Combine invitations announced

FORTY-five players have been invited to the 2019 AFL Women’s NAB Draft Combine, with 25 from Victoria – where eight of the 10 AFL Women’s clubs are based, with Queensland (eight) the next highest. Four players from both South Australia and Western Australia have been invited, as have three from NSW/ACT and one from Tasmania. Among the invitees are five overagers (eligible last year), as well as two father-daughter potential selections in Isabella Grant (Western Bulldogs) and Millie Brown (Geelong). Players who are already pre-listed to clubs such as Gold Coast’s Ellie Hampson, West Coast’s Mikayla Bowen and St Kilda’s Molly McDonald and Isabella Shannon were not included in the invitations.

The combine will be held from October 1-3 to align with the AFL Under-18 National Combine. Western Bulldogs hold the first pick in this year’s AFL Women’s Draft.

Extended content on the invitees will come later in the week.

2019 AFLW NAB Draft Combine Nominees

NSW/ACT: [3]
Georgia Garnett (East Coast Eagles)
Eloise Hiller-Stanbrook (Dubbo)
Brenna Tarrant (East Coast Eagles)

QUEENSLAND: [8]
Georgia Breward (Coolangatta)*
Isabel Dawes (Maroochydore)
Dee Heslop (Yeronga South Brisbane)
Tahlia Hickie (Coorparoo)*
Lily Postlethwaite (Maroochydore)
Taylor Smith (Bond University)*
Serene Watson (Bond University)
Tarni White (Coorparoo)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: [4]
Montana McKinnon (South Adelaide)
Hannah Munyard (South Adelaide)
Madison Newman (West Adelaide)
Jaimi Tabb (Woodville-West Torrens)

TASMANIA: [1]
Mia King (Launceston)

VIC COUNTRY: [10]
Teagan Brett (Murray Bushrangers)
Millie Brown (Murray Bushrangers)
Luka Lesosky-Hay (Geelong Falcons)
Lucy McEvoy (Geelong Falcons)
Sophie Molan (GWV Rebels)
Shanara Notman (Gippsland Power)
Paige Sheppard (Geelong Falcons)
Brooke Vernon (Dandenong Stingrays)
Nikia Webber (Gippsland Power)
Ella Wood (GWV Rebels)

VIC METRO: [15]
Alana Barba (Calder Cannons)
Molly Denahy-Maloney (Sandringham Dragons)
Elisabeth Georgostathis (Western Jets)
Isabella Grant (Western Jets)
Britney Gutknecht (Northern Knights)
Gemma Lagioia (Oakleigh Chargers)
Laura McClelland (Eastern Ranges)
Nell Morris-Dalton (Northern Knights)
Gabrielle Newton (Northern Knights)
Georgia Patrikios (Calder Cannons)
Marguerite Purcell (Sandringham Dragons)
Sarah Sansonetti (Northern Knights)
Cleo Saxon-Jones (Western Jets)
Felicity Theodore (Calder Cannons)
Nicola Xenos (Oakleigh Chargers)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: [4]
Sophie McDonald (Claremont)*
Emma O’Driscoll (Swan Districts)*
Roxanne Roux (East Fremantle)
Mim Strom (South Fremantle)

*Overage player (ie. born 2000)

Recovery key for determined Georgia Breward

A promising footballer from New South Wales (NSW), Georgia Breward had an exciting year of Australian Rules ahead.

Then, an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury struck and ended her year of football. Breward describes the moment it happened.

“It was in the first game in the first round of nationals so I’d been going to all the camps monthly, travelling to Sydney and Canberra and all that to get on the squad,” she said. “It was in the first quarter, I hyper-extended my knee so I went off and then they did all the knee testing for stability and stuff. “I ended up going back on, strapped up the knee, went back on for a minute and my knee gave out again. “When I got home my Dad was kind of like I think we need to have an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) just to make sure it’s nothing serious and then I found out, and they said look, you’ve torn your ACL.”

From there, Breward had to make a swift move to get surgery if she was any chance of returning back to football in the near future. She said one of the NSW side’s doctors was a real help in the surgery process.

“I was really lucky, the NSW team and the team doctor, he just lives in Coffs Harbour which is about an hour and a half away, so I was able to get in and have a chat with him,” Breward said. “He got in contact with the surgeon I was with locally and they got me into surgery. “My initial thought was okay, I need surgery, I want to get it done as fast as I can so I can get on track to recovery so I can get back to playing footy so got into there, got surgery done probably about a week from finding out about my ACL, which is quite fast, and since then, I’ve been doing rehab.”

It is highly publicised that rehabilitation can be a frustrating process for up and coming players but Breward is seeing the positives and working hard to recover.

“Rehab’s been going really well,” she said. “I’ve been going to the gym for two and a half hours every day now. “I do cardio, my rehab exercises, and then I’ve been working on my upper body because that’s all I can do at the moment.”

Despite her hunger to get back into the game, Breward is content with taking the full year off to make sure she doesn’t encounter any issues with her knee in play. So far, her recovery is on track.

“There’s a general period of stages that they have for most people, so three months, you can start running and from there, you can start doing direction changing and stepping things and hopefully I can go back to local and start training,” the NSW representative said. “I’m definitely taking the whole 12 months because I really want to make sure my knee’s 100 per cent and try and squeeze in two or three games at the end of the year and hope for the best really.”

Not only is she facing the obstacle of a long-term knee injury, but Breward has challenging travel commitments. Even though she admits it’s difficult, Breward says it has presented her with a new challenge to overcome.

“It is very hard but you’ve got to do it,” she said. “It’s where I live, that’s one of the obstacles I’ve got to deal with because of my location but in the end, I’ve really benefited from it because I’ve been able to play at a much higher level and standard of football. “It’s challenged me. “There’s been a clear improvement in my football being from that sacrifice of travelling all those hours and miles.”

One of these trips involves Breward travelling two and a half hours to train and play at Coolangatta. While this experience is beneficial, it presents challenges in other areas, as she finds it difficult to communicate with AFL Women’s clubs. Despite this, she is appreciative of the support she has received.

“I have had a bit of communication with the Giants,” she said. “It is hard for me though where I live, because I’m so far away. “I do find it hard sometimes to get in contact with anyone. “They’ve been really good about it, both NSW and the Giants have offered lots of support and if I need anyone to talk to, they’ve offered that they’ll be there to offer some resources for me which is really awesome.”

This is clearly a good thing for the dedicated football fanatic Breward, who could not name a hobby outside of Australian Rules.

“There’s not a lot, football’s pretty much my life,” she said. “I live and breathe it.”

QWAFL: The run home

AFTER looking at both Western Australia and South Australia’s top female competitions, we delve into Queensland’s highest grade, with the Queensland Women’s Australian Football League (QWAFL) and also take a glimpse into the first division.

QWAFL:

1 Wilston Grange (11 wins, 1 loss | 381.14% | 44 points)

After a near perfect season, Wilston Grange had a shock loss to sixth placed University of Queensland in the last round, going down by 18 points at home. Prior to that, they had answered every challenge thrown at them and still sit in pole position for the overall premiership favouritism. They face Coolangatta Tweed and Yeronga South Brisbane in the final three rounds, either side of a bye. Courtney Daniec has been the star player for the ladder leaders, named in the best seven times of a possible 10 matches, whilst booting nine goals for the season. Catherine Svarc has been equally as impressive with four goals in 10 games and named in the best six times, but the future of Queensland football has been on show with talented bottom-ager Isabel Dawes who has been named among the best in every game she has played – six matches – and continued that form at the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. Jacqueline Yorston (seven goals in six games) is another youngster who has stood out, while the experience of Kate Lutkins and Jamie Stanton – before her move to Victoria – has proved invaluable. The Gorillas are well placed heading into the final few rounds.

 

2 Coorparoo (8 wins, 4 losses | 181.92% | 32 points)

Heading into its third and final bye for the season, Coorparoo have locked away second spot with a superior percentage to Coolangatta Tweed. The byes have proven to come at opportune times, with the second placed side losing three of its matches leading into them. They lost two consecutive games early in the season, including one to Bond University in Round 3, have lost both games to Wilston Grange, and went down to Yeronga South Brisbane in its most recent encounter just last weekend. The team has had an even contribution of stars, with Charlotte Edmunds named in the best five times from 11 matches, while Hayley Moore (nine matches), Kayla Geddes (11) and Maili Forbes (11) have all found their way into the team bests four times. Jenae Goven has started up forward with an impressive 25 goals in 10 games, including a haul of eight goals against Bond University. Brisbane Lions’ AFL Women’s player Jessica Wuetschner has made an impact in limited appearances, booting 23 goals in six games, named in the best three times. In terms of youth, Coorparoo has top talents Jesse Tawhiao-Wardlaw and Tori Groves-Little playing important roles in the side. Both players stood out at the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, and in their combined nine appearances, they have booted 13 goals.

 

3 Coolangatta Tweed (6 wins, 5 losses | 123.12% | 24 points)

The Blues had an initial shaky start to the season, losing three of its first six games, but two of its three wins were by a combined 165 points, restricting their opponents to just two goals total. In a remarkable fixture, they played just one game in three rounds with byes either side of the match, and played blocks of six and seven games throughout the season. They come up against the top team Wilston Grange this weekend, as well as Coorparoo in the final round. Maddy Roberts has played just the seven games, but her talent has been evident, named in the best on six occasions, likewise Georgia Breward with five bests from five games. Lauren James has been the dominant goal kicker for the side, booting 16 goals in 11 matches and named in the best four times. Talented youngster and NSW/ACT All-Australian player Brianna McFarlane has booted nine goals in six games and been impressive up forward. Selina Goodman and Tayla Jay Daly have also booted six goals this season.

 

4 Yeronga South Brisbane (5 wins, 6 losses | 56.03% | 20 points)

Yeronga South Brisbane have a game in hand compared to Bond University and hold a narrow percentage advantage over their nearest rivals. They take them on in the penultimate round of the season, after University of Queensland next week and the ladder leaders, Wilston Grange in the final round. Emily Bliss has been the standout player for Yeronga, named in the best an impressive eight times from 10 games. Assisting Bliss are young stars, the small but talented top-age Georgia Brehmer, and bottom-age tall utility Dee Heslop. Both players have been named in their sides’ best in five of the six games they have played. They do not have a dominant goal kicker, with Courtney McDonnell (nine goals), Jade Ransfield (seven), Demi Leach (six) and Kaitlyn Cantrell (five) the leading goal kickers. Brisbane AFL Women’s player Emily Bates has also stood out from five games, booting two goals and named in the best four times.

 

5 Bond University (5 wins, 7 losses | 50.35% | 20 points)

Bond University has a bye in the final round of the season, with games against bottom-placed Maroochydore and fourth placed Yeronga South Brisbane ahead. Their five wins have come against Coolangatta Tweed (two), University of Queensland (one), Maroochydore (one) and an upset win over Coorparoo in Round 3. Kristyl Smith has been the standout player for Bond Uni so far this season, named in the team bests nine of a possible 11 times. Alexandra Evanshas also been a standout performer, named in the best six of a possible 12 matches, while Arianna ClarkeErin Sundstrom and Tamsin Perry have been consistent players as well. Teenage ruck Lauren Bella has played six games and named in the best five times, while bottom-agers Charlotte HammansEmmii-Lee Zanker CloseGeorgia Ellerand Serene Watson have stepped up in the senior side and continued their form at the national carnival. Fellow state representative Taylor Smith has also managed six games and was named in the best twice.

 

6 University of Queensland (4 wins, 7 losses | 87.82% | 16 points)

Whilst the University of Queensland has had just the four wins this season, but their game of the year came last round when they toppled the premiership favourites, Wilston Grange. It was a memorable away match which saw the sixth placed side head home with an 18-point victory. They have also beaten each of the bottom four sides once so far this season. Breanna Koenen has not missed a beat this year in her six games – named best in all of them – while also booting four goals. Megan Hunt has found her way into the best five times from nine games and also booted three goals. But with an eye to the future, Queensland Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the recent AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, and All-Australian squad member, Natalie Grider has been a promising up-and-coming talent, playing eight games, booting four goals and has been named in the best five times. Dakota Davidson is the only goal kicker in double figures with 10 majors, while Sabrina Frederick-Traub has booted seven goals in just three games when not playing for Brisbane in the Winter Series. Gabby Collingwood and Kate McCarthy are other Brisbane AFL Women’s Players who have played limited games with the club.

 

7 Maroochydore (1 win, 10 losses | 36.42% | 4 points)

The bottom-placed Maroochydore started the season with a bang, defeating University of Queensland by 12 points. In that match they booted 10 goals and showed what they are capable of, but have just managed the maximum of three goals a game since. They pushed both Yeronga South Brisbane and Bond University all the way in rounds six and seven, and have restricted their opposition to less than 10 goals in all but three matches showing a good defensive effort. The Roos have also had the benefit of some stability at the top end, with Rachel Crack (10 games), Tayla Gesch (11), Tiffany Dale (11) and Kate Surman (10) all named in the best a total of 27 of a possible 43 times between them. Up forward, Isabella Freeman leads the goal kicking with eight majors, courtesy of a bag of five in the opening round win over University of Queensland. Georgia Doherty has booted seven goals in nine matches, while Marybeth Banks has five in nine. The Roos face Bond University and University of Queensland either side of Coorparoo in the final three rounds, and will be hoping to finish the season off on a high note.

 

QWFA Division 1:

In the 11-team, division one grade, Coorparoo, Aspley Hornets and Moreton Bay lead all comers, with massive percentages to be the clear flag favourites in a three-team race. Broadbeach is fourth with seven wins and a draw from 12 matches, while Burleigh and Kedron are ready to pounce six points behind. Wilston Grange and University of Queensland trail with five wins from 12 matches, while Coolangatta Tweed and Yeronga South Brisbane have two wins apiece ahead of the winless Maroochydore.

In the leading goal kicker stakes, Aspley Hornets’ Chloe Macdonald looks to be a class above the grade with 37 majors in 13 matches, including bags of nine, seven and six. Meg Pullinger is a clear second with the Coorparoo product averaging three goals a game from her eight matches, having booted 24 majors for the season. Aspley Hornets have two more goal kickers in the top five, with Sarah Madden (19) and Shaye Easton (15) either side of Moreton Bay’s Cassandra Chamings with 17. Wilston Grange’s Tamika Hansen (14), Kedron’s Lisiti Asimcdonald (12), Broadbeach’s Talena Irvine (11), Burleigh’s Wendy Bristow (eight), Yeronga South Brisbane’s Erin Sargeant (seven), University of Queensland’s Katherine Heliotis (seven) and Coolangatta Tweed’s Macey-Leigh Gore (seven) as their respective club’s leading goal kickers, while Abbey Main and Jessica Champion are the two multiple goal kickers for Maroochydore.

Sargeant and Moreton Bay’s Amy Higgins are the two leading players so far this season, named in the best 10 times from 12 games, while University of Queensland’s Jessica Middleton has had a perfect start to the season with nine bests from nine games. Teammate, Philomena Stephen, Yeronga South Brisbane’s Charmaine Hass and Coorparoo’s Amy Duxfield have also made their way into their respective team’s best. Looking at the top youth in the grade, Queensland bottom-ager Lily Postlethwaite has been named in the best five times in seven matches, booting eight goals in the process for Moreton Bay.

NSW/ACT weekly wrap: Flying Boomerangs, World Team and Youth Girls squads named

SIX NSW/ACT players will represent the World Team and Flying Boomerangs in July, while Canberra Demons scooped their first win in the NEAFL, and Sydney University continued their winning run with victory over Northern Territory Thunder.

Super Six make national sides

After a great experience at the 2018 AFL National Diversity Championships, six players from the NSW/ACT All Nations and Kickstart squads were selected to represent the World Team and Flying Boomerangs. NSW/ACT’s All Nations’ Most Valuable Player (MVP) Thomas Sase was selected to represent the World Team along with teammates Harry Wichman, Oliver Kozak and William Sabolch. NSW/ACT’s Kickstart MVP award winner Kai Watts made the Flying Boomerangs team with Hunter McAuliffe. The representatives will take part in two exhibition matches in July at the National Under 16s Championships.

The squads for the two exhibition matches were named last week. For all the information on the 2018 AFL National Diversity Championships, head to the AFL NSW/ACT website or Facebook page.

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NSW/ACT name Youth Girls squad

The NSW/ACT Youth Girls squad to take on Tasmania in two matches in June, was finalised yesterday with 23 players from across the state and territory

The squad which was named on the NSW/ACT website, is highlighted by plenty of strong local talent. Female Football Pathway Manager Ash Moeller named AFLW Academy member Alyce Parker, Georgia Breward and Brianna McFarlane as three players to watch throughout the series. TAC Cup spectators will keep a close eye on how Eloise Ashley-Cooper goes, with the Finley prospect performing well for the Murray Bushrangers, while Bendigo Pioneers’ Jordyn Jolliffe will miss the June competition.

The first match will be played on Friday, June 1 at 7pm, with the the second game to come two days later on Sunday, June 3 at 10am. Both matches will take place at Blacktown International Sportspark. From these games, a combined NSW/ACT and Tasmanian side will be formed to create the Eastern Allies, which will compete at the National AFL Under 18 Women’s Championships in July.

NEAFL Round 3 results:

Canberra Demons 22.15 (147) defeated Redland 9.10 (64)

Canberra Demons have kick-started their 2018 North Eastern Australian Football League (NEAFL) season with a bang in round three, destroying Redland by 83 points in a demolition of the Queensland side. The Demons booted four goals to zero in the opening term, missing some opportunities with 11 scoring shots to one. They started to capitalise in the second term with 5.2 to 3.1 to open up a 43-point advantage at the main break. In the third quarter the Demons completely dominated with a further eight goals to two to lead by an impressive 81 points, before an even final term saw Redland keep the damage to just an additional two points by the final siren.

Remarkably, former Brisbane AFL-listed player Matt Hammelmann booted six goals for Bombers, but Canberra’s attack had more potency with 11 individual goal kickers including Luke McKay (five), Aaron Bruce (three), while five players finished with two majors. Among them was Mitch Maguire (27 disposals, six marks, two tackles and two goals) who was named his team’s best for yet another week, along with Bruce (21 disposals, 13 marks and seven tackles), Sam Martyn (27 disposals and eight marks) and Lucas Meline (21 disposals, eight marks and one goal). Meanwhile Angus Baker took out the NEAFL Rising Star nomination for round three for his 22 disposals, four marks, six inside 50s and two tackles.

Sydney University 14.14 (98) defeated NT Thunder 12.11 (83)

Sydney University has extended its unbeaten streak to start the 2018 season with a 15-point victory over previously undefeated side, Northern Territory Thunder. The Thunder got a head start in the opening term with four goals to three to lead by nine points at quarter time. Sydney University hit the front late in the second term with three goals to two, to head into the main break with a one-point advantage. They maintained their lead heading into the final term with an impressive six goals to four third term, before holding on as both sides booted two goals in the final term for the victory to remain second on the table.

Sydney University had 10 individual goal kickers in the victory, with Jack Hiscox, Montgomery Krochmal, Lewis Stevenson and Matthew Wilson all booting two goals. Shaun Edwards was named best on ground for his performance, picking up 23 disposals, three marks and booting a goal, while Stevenson had 30 disposals, six marks, three tackles and booted two goals. Tom Young was also prominent with 28 disposals, five marks, four tackles and a goal. Sam Tagliabue was also solid in the ruck with 31 hitouts to go with 12 disposals, two marks and five tackles.

NSW/ACT weekly wrap: Youth Girls Northern Academy Series a success

A NUMBER of talented junior footballers have put their hand up for the NSW/ACT squad to take on Tasmania in June after some impressive showings in the recent Youth Girls Northern Academy Series.

Players were divided into two sides in the series, representing the GIANTS and Sydney Swans. While Brisbane Lions won the overall series, the GIANTS pushed them all the way in the opening game, falling one-point short of victory. The GIANTS did pick up a win – against the Swans – with a five-goal victory in a high-scoring contest. The Swans did not win a game but were competitive in each outing and showed promising signs of improvement throughout the tournament.

AFL NSW/ACT Youth Girls Assistant Coach Nicola Barr told the AFL NSW/ACT website that the series was a great experience for the aspiring AFLW players.

“The Northern Academy Series over the weekend in Coffs Harbour was a huge success,” said Barr. “It was great to see how much the girls seemed to develop in such a short space of time. “The girls were really competitive and acted in an elite manner throughout the weekend, which sets them up well in terms of a pathway towards AFL Women’s.”

Barr said while all the girls played well, it was Georgia Breward and Tash McKay who caught her eye across the weekend.

“Breward is a small player whose skills, courage in the game and decision making skills were a real stand out. I also loved McKay’s ability to know when to leave her opponent in the back line to take an intercept mark – she is also really strong in her attack on the footy.”

Magical Murray a Rising Star

He was a huge topic of conversation during last year’s AFL Trade Period, but Collingwood running defender Sam Murray is beginning to silence the critics. At the time, many pundits questioned why Collingwood had traded a future second round pick for an unproven player who was yet to crack it for a game in Sydney.

The 20 year-old has already shown Collingwood fans – and indeed the rest of the competition – why the Pies had faith in him. Murray has added line-breaking speed and composure to a Collingwood back six that has been crying out for exactly that for some time. He replaces the retired Ben Sinclair and delisted Jackson Ramsay who had played Murray’s role in past years. The former Henty product always had talent but had to do it the hard way to make it into the AFL system.

After being unsuccessfully tried as a forward, Murray won Team of the Year honours at North Eastern Australian Football League (NEAFL) level last season, and caught the eye of Collingwood recruiter Derek Hine. The Pies took the punt on Murray with a second round pick and exchange of later picks, which could prove to be a bargain at the end of the season. If his Round 3 Rising Star nomination is anything to go by, Murray could prove a great steal for the Magpies.

Swans win ‘Battle of the Bridge’ over GIANTS

Sydney Swans have bounced back from their loss against Port Adelaide in Round 2 to knock off cross-town rivals the GIANTS. In what was an entertaining game, Sydney defeated the GIANTS 16.7 (103) to 12.15 (87), thanks to an inspired performance by Lance Franklin. ‘Buddy’ kicked a miraculous goal – one of two for the night – but racked up 22 disposals and 10 marks, playing further up the ground and impacting the contest. Callum Sinclair had 45 hitouts, but was beaten by Jon Patton who played the best game of his career with 19 hitouts, but seven clearances, 10 tackles, six inside 50s and a goal from 19 disposals.

Others who impressed were Callum Mills (26 disposals, eight rebounds), Josh Kennedy (25 disposals, eight clearances) and Isaac Heeney (23 disposals, six marks). For the GIANTS, Stephen Coniglio continued his good form with 27 disposals, five clearances and four inside 50s, while Callan Ward (24 disposals, seven inside 50s) and Nick Haynes (28 disposals, eight marks) were among the other players to impress for the losers.