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Team of the Week: NAB League Girls – Round 6

WITH so many new players entering NAB League Girls sides as plenty missed out due to AFL Women’s Academy duties, there are few new faces in the Draft Central Team of the Week for Round 6. There are also plenty of regulars who stepped up in the absence of teammates, but now there are no players who have made the side every single week, showing a great diversity of talent among the competition. Bendigo Pioneers, Geelong Falcons and Northern Knights all enjoyed impressive wins, sitting in the top four of the NAB League Girls ladder. Those three sides all had three players in the Team of the week, with six sides having two players and the remaining three sides – Calder Cannons, Murray Bushrangers and Western Jets all having the one nominee in the team.

Geelong Falcons’ undefeated streak continued on the weekend and Paige Sheppard and Mia Skinner‘s terrific seasons continued, named in the Team of the Week again, along with midfielder Luka Lesosky-Hay. Northern Knights also remained undefeated with just a draw as the only blemish on an otherwise top season so far. The Knights had to overcome a number of key personnel losses to post a big win over Gippsland Power, with Jess Fitzgerald, Phoebe Chisholm and Nell Morris-Dalton crucial in that win at Garfield. Their opposition had a number of impressive players with Chandra Abrahams being a tackling machine and flowing well between the arcs, while Megan Fitzsimon had a round-high 28 touches.

The other team with three players in the Team of the Week was Bendigo Pioneers, who enjoyed a hard-fought win over Dandenong Stingrays. Brooke Hards was named in the midfield yet again continuing her top season, along with Tara Slender at centre half-back and Jordyn Jolliffe in attack. All three players are in three different birth years showing the vast impact that talented girls of all ages can have on the competition. Their opponents had a couple of familiar faces in the Team of the Week with Brooke Vernon and Zoe Hill slotting into the side for yet another week. Also in defence are a couple of individual team nominees in Murray Bushrangers’ Sophie Locke and Calder Cannons’ Georgie Prespakis who while predominantly midfielders, drift back and help their defences.

Rounding out the Team of the Week midfield is Sandringham Dragons’ ruck Celia Cody making her debut in the team, along with Winnie Laing who was best on ground in the Dragons’ win over the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels. The Rebels had two players in the Team of the Week as well, with Ella Wood returning to the side along with Nyakoat Dojiok who has been impressing across the ground. In attack, Eastern Ranges’ Serena Gibbs has been named at full-forward after a strong show of marking and long kicking against the Cannons, as well as teammate Tess Flintoff who was named the Draft Central Rising Star of the Week. Rounding out the side are Oakleigh Chargers’ captain Mimi Hill and her teammate, Chloe O’Malley, as well as Western Jets’ captain Elisabeth Georgostathis who has been a regular in the Team of the Week this season. It was a tough week to decide on just 24 players with Gippsland’s Grace McRae, Calder’s Felicity Theodore and Eastern’s Tahlia Merrett among those very close to making the team this week.

Weekend wash-up: NAB League Girls – Round 6

ROUND 6 of the NAB League Girls saw a host players out with AFL Women’s Academy duties but that did not stop the Geelong Falcons and Northern Knights from continuing their winning ways. Geelong once again proved to be the front runners of the competition while Oakleigh also flexed their muscles with a big win over Murray. The round also saw some close clashes between the Eastern Ranges and Calder Cannons along with Greater Western Victoria Rebels and Sandringham Dragons with both games coming down to two kicks or less.

 

GIPPSLAND POWER 0.0 | 0.2 | 2.3 | 3.4 (22)
NORTHERN KNIGHTS 1.2 | 4.3 | 7.4 | 10.7 (67)

By: Peter Williams

GOALS:

Gippsland: G. McRae, N. Webber, S. Walker.
Northern: L. Picioane 3, J. Simpson 2,  J. Fitzgerald 2, N. Morris-Dalton, T. Smart, M. Ramsay.

BEST:

Gippsland: G. McRae, C. Abrahams , M. Fitzsimon, S. Walker, M. Van Berkel, N. Webber
Northern: J. Fitzgerald, P. Chisholm, N. Morris-Dalton, A. Snow, M. Chaplin, L. Picioane

After a slow start, Northern Knights pulled away from Gippsland Power to ensure they remained undefeated after six rounds and sitting just two points behind Geelong Falcons on top of the table. In the match against the Power, Northern booted nine goals to three after quarter time to secure the 10.7 (67) to 3.4 (22) win, but not without some resistance from the home side. After the match was moved from Preston City Oval to Garfield, the Knights became the visitors but looked all at home once they had settled in despite missing an number of their top stars – Gabby Newton, Britney Gutknecht, Ellie McKenzie and Sarah Sansonetti – who were all out on AFL Women’s Academy duties. The Knights’ depth stepped up in their absence, with Jess Fitzgerald being the key influencer through the midfield, collecting 16 disposals, five marks, four inside 50s and booting two goals, while Phoebe Chisholm led her side for disposals with 19, as well as two marks, four tackles and five rebounds. Ash Snow was prolific around the ground, while Nell Morris-Dalton continued her strong season rotating between ruck and forward, while Lanarose Picioane who booted three majors in an impressive performance up forward. For Gippsland, Grace McRae was named the best for her 19 disposals, three tackles and a goal, while Chandra Abrahams and Megan Fitzsimon continued their great seasons, combining for 49 disposals, 12 tackles and eight inside 50s in a losing side. Nikia Webber also had a solid performance with a goal, while Matilda Van Berkel was strong at half-back.

 

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 2.2 | 5.3 | 8.7 | 11.8 (74)
MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 2.0 | 3.1 | 3.1 | 3.2 (20)

By: Peter Williams

GOALS:

Oakleigh: J. D”Amato 2, M. Bertuna 2, T. Morton, A. Peck, E. Harley, N. Xenos, K. Kearns, T. Cowan, A. van Oosterwijck.
Murray: C. Boschetti 2, T. Verhoeven.

BEST:

Oakleigh: C. O”Malley, M. Bertuna, M. Hill, N. Xenos, J. Lin, G. Byrne
Murray: S. Locke, L. Sharp, K. Adams, C. Boschetti, A. Smith, A. Favell

Oakleigh Chargers have bounced back from their second loss of the season to record a huge nine-goal win over Murray Bushrangers. Both sides were close in the first term with two goals apiece, before the Chargers kicked away with a three goals to one second term to open up a 14-point lead. Despite their determination in the first half, Murray was unable to restrict Oakleigh in the second half as the Chargers booted six goals to zero to run out 11.8 (74) to 3.2 (20) winners. Jasmine D’Amato and Melanie Bertuna both booted two goals for the Chargers among nine individual goalkickers in a massive team effort. Captain Mimi Hill led from the front with 20 touches, two inside 50s and three rebounds, while Chloe O’Malley was named best on ground for her 14 disposals, three tackles and two inside 50s. Nicola Xenos was influential in getting the ball inside 50 with 13 disposals, one mark, four tackles, five inside 50s and a goal, while Emily Harley booted another goal to take her season tally to 11. For Murray, Sophie Locke was named the best, collecting 13 disposals, four marks and four rebounds while laying an equal-team high eight tackles. Abby Favell was the top disposal winner once again with 14 touches, three marks, four tackles and two inside 50s, while Teagan Brett had 13 disposals and eight tackles in the defeat. Oakleigh now sits sixth after the win, just two points outside the top four, while Murray are ninth but still clear of the Rebels, Jets and Power.

 

EASTERN RANGES 0.1 | 2.1 | 3.5 | 4.5 (29)
CALDER CANNONS 1.4 | 2.5 | 2.5 | 3.7 (25)

By: Peter Williams

GOALS:

Eastern: S. Gibbs, S. Collard, T. Flintoff, J. Dunning.
Calder: G. Prespakis, T. Gillard, E. Yassir.

BEST:

Eastern: T. Flintoff, E. Horne, S. Gibbs, T. Merrett, M. Edwards
Calder: G. Prespakis, F. Theodore, N. Crowley, K. Lennox, T. Gillard, Z. Hardiman

Eastern Ranges have kept themselves in contention for finals heading into the last three rounds after an impressive four-point win over Calder Cannons. The Ranges are now within percentage of the top four, sitting just adrift of both Calder and Bendigo Pioneers who sit third and fourth respectively with 16 points apiece. It was a fairly scrappy game throughout with both sides applying plenty of defensive pressure around the ground as Eastern’s talls stood out with their strong marking at both ends. Where possible the Ranges moved the ball quickly with short, sharp passes, whereas Calder wanted to run the ball and kick long inside 50. Both methods were effective at times throughout the game, but the key defence of Eastern held strong with Tahlia Merrett taking a number of good intercept marks in defensive 50. Serena Gibbs also provided an option between half-back and half-forward, taking marks and booting the ball long to put it in front of the Eastern runners. Tahlia Gillard provided that target for Calder and early looked like breaking the game open, booting a goal and missing a couple of opportunities before the home side restricted the inside 50 entries. Georgie Prespakis and Tess Flintoff were impressive for their respective sides providing plenty of run, while Tarni Brown and Felicity Theodore assisted well through the midfield. In a see-sawing final term that almost saw Calder steal the win through Emelia Yassir, it took until the final minute for Flintoff to mark inside 50 against the boundary and calmly slotted the set shot for the four-point win.

 

WESTERN JETS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 (1)
GEELONG FALCONS 2.1 | 7.2 | 11.3 | 12.4 (76)

By: Sophie Taylor

GOALS

Western: Nil.
Geelong: M. Skinner 4, P Schaap 2, R.Tierney 2, T. Lewis 2, J. Robinson, A. McKee

BEST

Western: J. Woods, E. Georgostathis, A. Anthony, C. Singleton, N. Wright, R. Tripodi
Geelong: P. Sheppard, M. Skinner, L. Lesosky-Hay, R. Tierney, A. McKee, G. Featherston

It was tough muck for the Western Jets on Sunday afternoon as they hosted ladder leaders, Geelong Falcons at Williamstown. Despite a relatively even first quarter the undefeated Falcons were able to pull away and deny the Jets opportunities in front of goal, running away to a 75 point win. The Jets started well defensively, crowding the Falcons and making it difficult to get a clear kick on goal, but were unable to move the ball downfield to their advantage. A beautiful kick inside 50 from Geelong debutant, Gabbi Featherston set up the first goal of the game after almost eight minutes of play, showing how well the Jets held their ground early. However, Western’s good fortune dwindled from there as the Falcons used their depth of their talent to kick away.

The Falcons proved to be dangerous up forward as the Jets struggled to contain their opposition without two of their main ball magnets in Isabella Grant and Isabelle PritchardPaige Sheppard (22 disposals, four tackles, five inside 50s) and Luka Lesosky-Hay (20 disposals, two tackles) switched on as the Falcons started to pile on the majors, with the likes of Renee TierneyTamika Lewis and Poppy Schaap kicking two goals apiece while Mia Skinner (four goals, 18 disposals) put on her best performance so far this season. Tierney’s tackling pressure was crucial, notching up eight as the Jets tried to force their way through Geelong’s defensive setup, while Lesosky-Hay showed some good footy smarts as she continuously pushed the contest back up the ground.

The Jets were unable to break through Geelong’s midfield barricade as the Falcons crowded and contested every possession, outrunning the Jets and scooping up the ground ball with precision. The Jets showed some good signs in attack in the third quarter, managing some great passages of play through the middle of the ground. Though unable to capitalise, Western’s defensive pressure inside forward 50 granted them opportunities in front of goal, gifting them their only score of the game – a rushed behind off the back of a good attempt on goal from Taya MeiersElisabeth Georgostathis (14 disposals, six tackles, six rebounds) showed her versatility in the backline, with her ability to read the play enabling her to know where the ball would be placed. Georgostathis was arguably one of the best for the Jets, putting constant pressure on her opposition, while a fantastic tackle in the final quarter saved an almost certain goal. Taylah Kolevski dominated hitouts with 23 alone, also racking up four tackles.

 

BENDIGO PIONEERS 2.0 | 3.1 | 3.2 | 4.4 (28)
DANDENONG STINGRAYS 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.4 | 1.4 (10)

By: Peter Williams

GOALS:

Bendigo: J. Jolliffe 2, E. Snell, B. Hards.
Dandenong: S. Stratton.

BEST:

Bendigo: J. Jolliffe, T. Slender, B. Hards, E. Gretgrix, A. Strahan, M. Tupper
Dandenong: Z. Hill, G. Hodder, J. Radford, G. Howes, B. Vernon, K. McKenzie

Bendigo Pioneers have given themselves a terrific shot at finals after overcoming Dandenong Stingrays by three goals at Epsom Huntly Reserve on Sunday. In a low-scoring affair, the Pioneers got the job done by restricting the Stingrays to just one goal in the game, and only four behinds after quarter time. Despite this, the game was tight throughout and it was not until the final goal of the game that the Pioneers could relax and enjoy their fourth win of the season. Jordyn Jolliffe played the best game of the season with 20 disposals, four marks, four inside 50s, two tackles and two goals in a best-on-ground effort, while Tara Slender was terrific up the other end, racking up 12 disposals, five marks, three tackles and two rounds in the win. The midfield of Brooke Hards, Eloise Gretgrix, Maeve Tupper and Annabel Strahan again took control in the absence of key Stingrays, Molly McDonald, Tyanna Smith and Isabella Shannon. Hards and Tupper both had 18 touches with Hards also laying eight tackles and having three inside 50s and four rebounds. For the Stingrays, Zoe Hill stood tall in defence with 12 disposals, three marks and three rebounds, while Brooke Vernon‘s super season continued, amassing 18 touches, four marks, five inside 50s and six rebounds, while Grace Hodder laid seven tackles from her 15 disposals. With Geelong Falcons, Calder Cannons and Oakleigh Chargers in the final three rounds, the finals are within the Pioneers’ control in what is a tough draw on the run home. The Stingrays can still make finals if they can topple Oakleigh Chargers next round with Murray Bushrangers and Western Jets in the final two weeks.

 

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS 1.1 | 2.1 | 2.2 | 4.2 (26)
SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 1.1 | 3.2 | 5.3 | 5.3 (33)

By: Taylah Melki

GOALS:

GWV: E. Friend 3, R. Saulitis.
Sandringham: E. Angelopoulos 2, C. Murphy 2, I. Eddey.

BEST:

GWV: E. Wood, N. Dojiok, N. Butler, A. Trigg, E. Friend, G. Pidgeon
Sandringham: W. Laing, C. Cody, P. Staltari, G. Strangio, I. Eddey, C. Murphy

It was a tight contest from start to finish with Sandringham Dragons claiming a seven-point victory over Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels. It was neck and neck in the first term with either side unable to pull away going into quarter time at seven points apiece. The Dragons piled on two goals in the third term, keeping GWV to just one point for the quarter. But the Rebels were not going down without a fight applying all the scoreboard pressure to come within striking distance but just falling short after a gallant effort. Without Sophie Molan and Maggie Caris, GWV looked to the likes of Renee Saulitis to lead the way. Saulitis made her presence felt on the field slotting a major, she was ably assisted by teammate Ella Friend. Friend dominated for the Rebels kicking three goals, racking up 10 disposals and laying a team high six tackles. Nyakoat Dojiok also led the way for her side with a team high 18 touches and four inside 50s showcasing the work she does across the ground. She was closely followed by Brook Thompson who also amassed four inside 50s, while 12 of her 15 disposals were kicks. Georgia Pidgeon also impressed with 14 touches while Ally Trigg took five marks to accompany her 10 disposals. Sandringham were missing some key players with Alice Burke, Eliza McNamara and Molly Denahy Maloney all out with AFL Women’s Academy duties but that did not seem to stop them from claiming the four points. Charli Murphy showed her hand up forward slotting two majors for the game while Ebony Angelopoulos also chipped in with her two goals. Through the midfield the Dragons were led by Winnie Laing who finished the afternoon with a game high 20 disposals and seven tackles. She was helped out by Chloe Saultry who amassed 16 touches with all of them kicks and a whopping six inside 50s. Bella Eddey was also impressive for Sandringham getting involved on the scoreboard, laying six tackles and racking up 13 touches for her efforts.

Scouting notes: TAC Cup Girls – Round 4

ROUND four gave us a new ladder-leader with the Geelong Falcons taking top spot off the Northern Knights. It also saw the Stingrays move off the bottom of the ladder with a commendable performance against the Sandringham Dragons. Meanwhile Gippsland continued its great run of form with a three-point win against reigning premiers, Calder Cannons. This competition just keeps on giving with plenty of great performances on an action-packed Tuesday.  Our scouts attended four games from the round.

Dandenong Stingrays vs. Sandringham Dragons 

By: Peter Williams 

Dandenong: 

#3 Courtney Jones

I thought it was the best four-quarter performance I have seen from her this season. She played well inside 50 and just consistently worked her way to the front in marking contests. Jones has a good game sense and knew when to time her leads and use her body to wedge herself between her opponent and the pass coming inside 50. Just kicked the one goal after marking from an Eliza Wilson-Macdonald snap, then missed a chance to make it two after a great lead and mark. Overall a really strong performance.

#15 Jordyn Allen

The captain played a typical consistent game, and when called upon, stood up and made it count. She seemed to be everywhere on Tuesday, intercepting and rebounding early, then went forward in the final term and took a huge contested mark, converting the goal and giving the Stingrays a real sniff at victory late in the game. She reads the play so well and is pivotal off half-back. She just knows how to get to the right positions and uses her great vision to not only chop off opposition passes, but open up angles for teammates and find space for them with neat passes.

#26 Isabella Shannon

Arguably the Stingrays best across four quarters, her contested work was top notch on Tuesday. You would often find her at the bottom of a pack, shovelling the ball out and no doubt her contested numbers and one percenters would be high from her efforts in the match. Shannon also has good composure with ball-in-hand and is able to stand up in a mark with pressure coming from around her. She took a great intercept mark early in the fourth term, and also had a chance to draw the team within five points late in the match after a quick handball from Lucinda Cripps, but her snap missed.

#29 Brooke Struylaart

Struylaart kicked the first goal of the game and continually presented up forward. Her game tended to flow like the Stingrays, but when they needed a target inside 50, she was there. Her positioning in the first marking contest was smart, reading the ball’s flight better than her opponent to position herself at the back and take an easy uncontested mark and slot the goal from the goal square. She had a shot in the second term but her snap did not bend back enough. Struylaart also cut the margin back in the fourth term with the opening goal to get the Stingrays up and about.

#35 Lucinda Cripps

I am yet to see her play a bad game, such is the consistency Cripps has throughout matches. Even when she is not winning the ball, she is contesting and putting her body on the line via blocks, tackles or shepherding – a real team player. She gets to the right positions in the defensive 50 and puts pressure on her opponents, and intercept marks, spoils or just puts her opponents off balance enough to slow play. In the last term Cripps went forward and while she did not win a heap of it, almost changed the game with a lightning handpass to Isabella Shannon as she ran by, but unfortunately the proceeding snap was missed.

Others:

#1 Shelley Heath: Quieter early, but had some really classy moments. The most noticeable trait for me is her ability to dispose of the ball really quickly. It is hard for opponents to get a hand on her, because she either fires out the handball or puts the ball to boot in record time. A clean user of the ball across the game and clean at ground level.

#5 Eloise Allen-Burns: A consistent game playing in defence, taking a crucial intercept mark late in the game and being a rock alongside Cripps in that back 50.

#20 Eliza Wilson-Macdonald: A good mover who just cracks in hard at the contest. Had an entertaining battle with Winnie Laing throughout the day when the pair matched up in the midfield with neither player taking a backwards step. Wilson-Macdonald laid a few bone-crunching tackles, and also set up a Courtney Jones goal with a neat turn and snap to the danger zone.

#21 Grace Hodder: I was impressed with her game just showing a few signs here and there, laying a huge tackle on the wing and taking a good intercept mark at half-forward. Started to win a bit of the ball through the midfield and was fairly clean too.

#28 Tyanna Smith: Had an eye-catching play in the second term, marking and not breaking stride and she bombed long inside 50 to hit up Brooke Struylaart. She then laid a great run down tackle on Abbie McKay later in the match to lock up the ball.

 

Sandringham: 

#36 Jemma Owen

The best performance I have seen the Dragons captain put out for the season, she was just everywhere. She not only did all the hard stuff that you are used to with her in-and-under work and fierce tackling, but she broke the lines and made the grandstand wing her own with a couple of daring dashes to burn off opponents and gain serious meterage. She created run off half-back and then seemingly iced the game late in the third term with a huge goal from about 40m out with the kick never looking like missing. She copped a knock in the final term but got back up.

#43 Abbie McKay

A consistent performer across the game, not as noticeable as some, but looking carefully she plays a vital role in the contest. She laid a great goal-saving tackle in the third term, but unfortunately for her the ball spilled free and another opponent kicked truly. Nonetheless her effort in the contest was indicative of her desire at the coal face and produced a strong team player game.

#46 Alice Burke

I thought her game was the most noticeable I had seen from her despite having some impressive performances this season. She created good drive off half-back and did a few things that indicated her game sense and footy IQ was high – deft taps or knock ons that advantaged either herself or her teammates for the next possession or contest. She also kicked a great goal when all the momentum was with the Stingrays, nailing a shot inside 50 after drifting down there and putting the Dragons nine points up with five minutes remaining in the match.

#49 Laura Amelung

A damaging game from the versatile utility who does not need a lot of space to hurt her opponents. She has a trademark sidestep that opens up space and only needs a split second to compose herself and zero in on the goals. Amelung showed great vision to be able to pick out teammates in pockets of space, and finished the game with two goals – one on the run from 40m out in the first quarter and another from bouncing on a loose ball in the pocket. She also set up a great goal assist to Jemma Owen in the third term who nailed the shot from 40m out.

#56 Georgia Emberton

Emberton played up forward and I was impressed with her ability to balance between offensive and defensive mindsets. She would find space and become an option for her teammates going forward, but also put pressure on her opponents so they knew they were being hunted inside their defensive 50. Emberton laid a great run down tackle in the first term for a free kick late, then nailed the set shot from a 45 degree angle. She missed the opportunity to make it two later on, marking in front but the set shot just missed. Emberton moved into the midfield late in the game and found a bit of the ball.

Others:

#1 Maddison Wilson: Copped a knock in the first term from a tackle, but got back up to compete at the next contest. She reads the play well and is a clean user of the football, and also clean at ground level.

#2 Winnie Laing: A contested game from Laing, going head-to-head with Eliza Wilson-Macdonald at times through the midfield, she continued to battle and force her way to contests throughout the match.

#25 Isabella Eddey: Kicked a great goal from a snap in the third term to put the Dragons 12 points up. Also had a vital contest backing back into defence in the final term, doing enough to put body contact on Lucinda Cripps to spoil her attempt at a mark, then won the proceeding one-on-one and cleared it out of the danger zone. Zipped around and played her role throughout the game.

#32 Sarah Hartwig: Hartwig provided great drive and kept one of the competition’s key goal-scorers – Samantha Ryan – goalless. She has a great ability to change direction and lay some strong tackles, and also provided a crucial intercept midway through the last term, striding out of defence to clear it to the wing.

#64 Eliza McNamara: Played even more of an inside role on Tuesday than other matches and looked comfortable. She had to earn every possession this round and did so, well. She has a good turning circle and can work her way out of a stoppage, and almost kicked a great goal in the second half after sidestepping a couple, but was dragged down at the last second and the kick fell short.

 

Murray Bushrangers vs. Western Jets 

By: Taylah Melki

Murray: 

#1 Julia Harvey

Harvey was a standout for the Bushrangers, competing hard for the footy and slotting an impressive goal from a tricky angle. She used the footy cleanly and hit her targets. Harvey showcased her fight and desperation for the footy, and took a few really strong marks under heaps of pressure.

#16 Eloise Ashley-Cooper

She was really strong down back and through the middle for the Bushrangers once again. Ashley-Cooper took plenty of strong marks and showed good hustle to win the footy at ground level. She was very clean around the contest and used the footy effectively, showing great awareness with ball in hand.

#17 Rebecca Webster

Webster backed up her impressive form again this week gathering plenty of touches and imposing herself on the contest. She was never far from the footy and was a huge influence on her teammates, imposing herself on the stoppages. She had clean hands in and around the contest and used the footy well. Webster laid plenty of strong tackles and showcased her ability to run and carry with the footy. Not only did she tackle well but she used her strength to burst away from the packs and help set up forward play for her team. She showed great awareness with ball in hand and demonstrated her long penetrating kick, scoring a goal herself in another strong performance for the Bushrangers.

#19 Millie Brown

Brown had a huge first quarter for the Bushrangers. She showcased her class and footy skill nailing two big goals in the opening term and demonstrated good awareness with ball in hand. Brown used her evasive skills to get into damaging positions and used her booming kick to propel her team forward. She also took big grabs throughout the match.

#22 Tamara Smith

Smith showed some good fight and competed hard to win the footy. She was never far from the contest and laid plenty of good strong tackles throughout the match. Smith applied good forward pressure to lock the ball in their forward 50 and used the footy cleanly, hitting targets with pin-point accuracy. In and around stoppages she was really clean and helped to open up the space with her dash.

Others:

#4 Chelsea Knight: Knight showcased her marking ability and competed hard for the footy throughout the match. She ran hard and was not afraid to impose herself on the contest.

#5 Chelsea Hargreaves: Hargreaves took plenty of good intercept marks and had really strong hands under heaps of pressure.

#11 Ada Chessor: Chessor showcased her clean hands around the contest and used her break-away speed to open up the field. Her ability to win the in and under ball allowed her to use skills to burst away from the pack.

#26 Emily Nicholson: Nicholson laid a huge tackle in the third quarter and took a few good intercept marks throughout the match.

#37 Sophie Damon: Damon was really solid down back for the Bushrangers and competed hard at the contest. She laid an impressive smother and helped to propel her team forward multiple times from defence.

#42 Grace Egan: Egan backed up her strong performance last week with another consistent game, taking plenty of strong intercept marks and impressing with her ability to read the flight of the footy and the play of the game.  

#45 Olivia Barber: Barber took plenty of good contested marks and rucked really well for the Bushrangers. She won plenty of the ruck contests and took a strong good grab. Barber nailed an impressive goal in the third quarter.

 

Western: 

#2 Caitlin Gashi

Gashi was a standout for the Jets showcasing her impressive speed and evasive skills. She was very clever with ball in hand and used the footy effectively and efficiently. Her run and carry was important to help propel her team forward and she used her strong kicking ability to set her team up.

#8 Emily Gardner

Gardner was good around the contest and competed hard to win the footy for her team. She was never far from the contest and was not afraid to get involved in the thick of it. She had clean hands and picked up the footy with ease.

#14 Isabella Grant

Grant showed some good dash across the ground and took a few running bounces to try and open up space for her team. She set up plenty of play in the forward 50 and competed hard for the footy at ground level.

#26 Isabella Negri

She took a big mark in the second quarter and competed hard for the ball throughout the whole match. Negri was a key presence up forward for the Jets and used the ball relatively well. Negri was not afraid to go hard at the footy. Her quick release with ball in hand helped her team mates and allowed them to run into space.  

#43 Caitlin Greiser

She was the sole goal-kicker for the Jets bagging three majors. Greiser impressed with her accuracy in front of goal and showed good composure with ball in hand. She moved well across the ground and got herself into damaging positions in order to set up shots at goal. Greiser was a key figure on the ground and looked dangerous in front of goal.

Others:

#19 Olivia Forsythe: Forsythe laid some good strong tackles and used her long penetrating kick to help her team get out of trouble. She showed great awareness and helped to set up some forward play for the Jets.

#21 Maddison-Eve Fenech: She applied some good tackling pressure and fought hard to win the footy.

#40 Sharnie Whiting: She was effective down back for the Jets and had a beautiful long kick which she used to help propel her team forward. She set up play defensively and was able to hit targets on the kick in.

#44 Carle Myors-Moore: She was really strong down back for the Jets and soaked up a lot of pressure from the Bushrangers. She used her long clearing kick to get the ball out of their defensive 50.

 

Northern Knights vs. GWV Rebels 

By: James Halley

Northern: 

#7 Abigail Bennett

She is quite classy in tight and has time when her opposition has none. She has good hands for and can hold her marks when under heavy duress. She is really trustworthy on the last line of defence when needed to mark under pressure. Her ability to play anywhere on the field is a strength.

#14 Jessica Fitzgerald

She seemed to be everywhere in the first quarter. She had a presence on the ground which the Rebels could not contain early on. She kicked an impressive goal late in the third term as she was getting tackled, which shows great composure. 

#24 Alexandra Pronesti

She played as the main target for the Knights in the forward line, presented well and was rewarded for constant hard work in the first quarter with a goal, which she converted from a set shot 20m out. She converted her second from a similar distance moments later, as she stamped her authority on the game. Her hands did not falter as the game went on.

#27 Paije Kearney

She managed to hold her own as a key position back and took impressive marks when the team needed her. She is often the player that her teammates look to when distributing the ball.

Others: 

#3 Nell Morris-Dalton: She has great hands and leads very well.

#10 Phoebe Chisolm: Chisolm displayed her tackling power with a great chase-down tackle in the first term.

#17 Ciara Fitzgerald: She seems a class above with her speed out of the stoppages.

#23 Gabby Newton: Newton was a key interceptor for the Knights in the backline, continuing her form this season.

 

#22 Britney Gutknecht: She is a quality on-baller who disposes the ball well out of the contest. 

 

GWV: 

#15 Tara Jasper

For a backline player, she was able to convert from a long distance after she was a awarded a free and 50m penalty for rough conduct, which illustrates great flexibility for the 18-year-old. Definitely one of the Rebels’ best on the day.

#18 Sophie Van De Heuvel

She snapped through a very nice goal from the boundary which showed great promise as a small forward. Afterwards she showed a bit of character which was good to see, as she brought her team within one point of the Knights in the second term. She was lively throughout the whole game and a real standout for the Rebels.

#23 Sophie Molan

Molan is a very accurate shot for a goal as she converted from 30m out in the second term after being awarded a free kick for holding. She continues to improve as the season goes on, being one of GWV’s most consistent players. Molan was a strong defender early in the season but has made her mark in attack the last few weeks.

#25 Georgia Clarke

Her dash and accurate kicking across half-back was instrumental in attacks for the Rebels. Her pressure on the ball-carrier was immense. She proved this by winning multiple frees. Clarke backed up her best-on-ground efforts last week with another sterling game in defence.

#27 Nyakoat Dojiok

She has really good pace and runs all day up and down the wing. Late in the last quarter she sprinted away and kicked her first goal for the match in a good quarter of forward athleticism. 

 

 

Others: 

#13 Chloe Leonard: She was able to finish nicely in front of goal as she kicked truly for her second-term major.

 

Oakleigh Chargers vs. Geelong Falcons 

Oakleigh:

#2 Mimi Hill

Did some really nice things on the day and was one of the Chargers players who never gave up. At times, she would pick the ball up quickly and kick it out of congestion, displaying her great spatial awareness. She also displayed clean hands throughout the day. Was a key link in the chain for the Chargers throughout the day.

#16 Alana Porter

Has a great long and penetrating kick, which was even executed well on the run. She had great balance to kick the ball well and keep her feet while Geelong players were chasing her down. Had the ability to get and go throughout the whole game to try and hack the ball forward for her side. Took a great in and under mark, laid a goal-saving tackle, and completed a huge run-down tackle to save Geelong running forward. A complete game from her.

#17 Nicola Xenos

Made the clubroom end her own by always getting the ball in that area and hacking it out of congestion off the half-back line. Often marked, and kicked towards the wing to create space. She was proactive in finding other ways to get her team moving forward. In one instance she had the awareness to kick across the ground to allow her team control the footy. Was able to accelerate and kick on the run. Read the game really well.

#32 Chloe O’Malley

Got plenty of the footy on the day. Dug in deep for the side, trying to hold down the fort in defence then presenting herself in one instance in the forward line. Had good agility to evade a tackle at one point and kept trying to surge forward. Constantly went in hard for the footy and when she got it, she had the composure to go back, look for a target and allow her teammates to get into position.

#21 Charlotte Moon

Another commendable performance from Moon, she is a very consistent player. She showed her strength with a good pick-up off the deck while she had a player on her back. She is proving to be very important for Oakleigh. She was one of their better players on the day and seems to be improving as each week goes on.

#70 Peggy-Sue Fennell

In one instance she burst from the last line of defence, cleared the ball from goal-square congestion and took it to the wing. Backed up last week’s solid performance.

 

Others:

#14 Hannah McLaren: Penetrating kick and was getting plenty of the footy in the first quarter. Went off with a head knock towards the end of the term and did not come back on which was a shame. Looked like she was going to have a solid performance.

#11 Bridie Winbanks: Did well in the ruck to minimise Inei’s influence. Kicked the ball nice and high at times to allow her smaller teammates to run onto the ball. Got plenty of air on her kicks.  

#30 Gemma Lagioia: Started the game incredibly well before an unfortunate head clash with Hannah McLaren. Won plenty of the ball and kept it moving in the short time she was out there.

#39 Tayla Nichols: Took a good intercept mark and laid a goal-saving tackle on the last line of defence to prevent a Geelong goal.  

#43 Emily Hastie: Laid an excellent rundown tackle and took a good mark from a defensive kick inside 50.

 

Geelong: 

 

 

#7 Olivia Purcell

Was everywhere throughout the day. Had a good clearance out of the centre and was able to burst through congestion multiple times. Was able to pick up the ball cleanly and it paid dividends when she did it inside 50 and slotted through a goal. Her marking power was remarkable for such a small player. Took a good leap over a player’s back and took a mark with an opponent on her back, showing she could do it all. Was another Falcon who had a wonderful goal sense. She was Geelong’s best player on the day.

#10 Nina Morrison

Displayed electric speed throughout the game. She is such a composed player. Morrison is also a confident player, shown when she ran along the boundary line and kicked a brave snap. She has a good kick off one step, and has one of the most diverse kicks I’ve seen this year. Can kick it high, low, or spear a pass. In one instance, she kicked a low ball into the forward line, as she picked a target rather than just hacking it to the top of the goal square. So good at finding targets and has an innate ability to lower her eyes to control the flow of the game for the Falcons.

#15 Lucy McEvoy

Flexed her muscles against the Chargers. She plucked many marks out of contests and was able to clear the ball, whether it was by giving the ball off or running into space herself. Took a huge contested mark with a contest of players behind her. At one point she had good game sense to cleverly tap the ball in a contest which allowed her to run forward. She displayed good kicking up forward and had a strong presence inside 50. Kicked a nice goal to solidify her dominance. Always knew how to bring her teammates into the game with quick-fire handballs. In one instance, she got a kick away even though she was being tackled.

 

#17 Denby Taylor

Good acceleration. Got heaps of the footy throughout the day. Has a long kick which got Geelong out of trouble deep in defence. Had a great knack to pick up the footy and kick off one step to boot it forward.

#25 Renee Tierney

Kicked four brilliant goals for the day. Always ran into the right spots to run onto the end of some long kicks inside 50. For one of her goals, she read McEvoy’s quick pick-up, grabbed the ball off the deck and snapped it around her body. Kicked a good goal off a free kick with a nice calm run up. Took an excellent pack mark at the top of the square. She was really lively inside 50 throughout the whole game but her influence was especially felt in the third quarter when she kicked two goals. Has a remarkable goal sense.

 Others:

#9 Luka Lesosky-Hay: Had a nice long kick into the forward line and created a couple of forward thrusts. Kicked to the ball beautifully to the perfect spot, the goal square, to allow the small forwards to run onto a loose ball. Kicked a goal herself to polish off a nice day out.

#11 Kaitlyn Haustorfer: In one instance she cleverly tapped the ball under pressure to get it out of the congested stoppage. Laid a great tackle and got straight back up to continue chasing.

#14 Tarryn Love: Great mark and good ability to play on.

#19 Zoe Inei: Nice goal from a free kick, curled it nicely.

#22 Mia Sheppard: Good effort to get the ball, kick it then follow up her kick. Kept her feet well throughout the game.

#30 Emily Allan: Read the play well to get the ball out the back off a big kick inside 50. Kicked a nice goal to finish it off.

Scouting notes: TAC Cup Girls – Round 3

WITH many of the games across the weekend played at RAMS Arena, it gave any team a chance of victory. But for Murray and Gippsland, a draw prevented them from keeping their winning streaks alive. However, the Calder Cannons and Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels got to taste victory for the first time this season. Each week, we will be going out to games to take notes on some of the players that deserve recognition for their performance. 

GWV Rebels vs. Bendigo Pioneers 

By Cameron Ross 

GWV:

#25 Georgia Clarke

The defender was a pillar of strength down back and kept a quality opponent goalless. Her ability to read the play was the difference in the game. The Pioneers found it difficult to get the ball past halfway due to her ability to position herself exactly a kick behind the play. The best player on the field for the day. 

#16 Lauren Butler

In the second quarter, she laid a massive tackle in her own forward line. This lead to a free kick and earned her a shot and goal, and of course she kicked truly. Had a really big second half. In the third quarter, Butler had a nice moment where she picked the ball up cleanly, looked inside from half back, and rather than blazing away down the line, delivered the ball onto the chest of her teammate in the centre square. She also positions herself well at stoppages and was able to win a heap of contested ball.

#27 Nyakoat Dojiok

Although she did not find much of the ball, when she was in possession she was extremely eye-catching. Her long kicking put the Bendigo defenders under pressure, and she was not afraid to tuck the footy under the arm and take the game on. Almost kicked an outstanding goal in the third quarter, after reading that the ball was going over the back, pounced on the loose ball, picked it up cleanly (which was difficult in wet conditions), and had a ping from a tight angle, just shaving the post. Exciting, raw prospect.

#10 Hannah Simpson

Diminutive but remarkably strong for her size. The opposition found it very difficult to tackle her. Shrugged tackles at least four times in the game and on one of those occasions she set a goal up for her side afterwards. Potential to be a top contested on-ball winner if she gets the opportunity. Really liked her game, and thought she was one of the Rebels better players.

Others:

#2 Renee Saulitis: Beautiful kick of the ball, had a nice piece of play where she was in the right position for the handball receive, and kicked it to the hotspot. Kicked a goal and had a nice game overall.

#23 Sophie Molan: Nice kick out of the pack for a goal in the third. Had a good run and jump at the ball, marked and goaled late in the piece. Battled hard.

#28 Isabella Simmons: Laid a huge tackle in the final quarter which left her opponent sore. Kicked a nice goal in the final term.

 

Bendigo:

#28 Megan Williamson

Was outstanding throughout and did everything she possibly could to get her side over the line. When the Rebels had all the momentum in the third quarter, she almost singlehandedly kept her team in it. She was everywhere! Her third quarter efforts arguably stopped this one from being a blowout. Terrific player.

#19 Kodi Jacques

Laid an inspirational tackle on her opponent early in the game to motivate her teammates. Her tackle pressure was consistent throughout, and twice set up goals for her side from this pressure. Another outstanding tackle in the third quarter saved her side from a certain goal. Really loved her competitive and aggressive attitude

#11 Jemma Finning

Showed some glimpses of individual brilliance. Late in the game, she beautifully spun out of a tackle and set up a scoring opportunity for her side. Was quiet for large parts of the game, but when she was in possession of the ball she was extremely eye-catching. I would love to see her play on ball for a whole game, as she has the potential to be a really good player.

Others:

#2 Maddie Baldwin: Read the play really well to kick a goal in the second quarter. Had quiet moments, but did a lot of good things for her side.

#9 Dayna Kelly-Guthrie: Really consistent player, did not do anything outstanding, but was a solid contributor throughout the day.

#16 Emily Cooper: Worked really hard up forward putting pressure on the Rebels defenders. At one stage, her pressure caused a Rebels turnover and earned her side a goal.

#22 Mia Ward: Not afraid to put her head over the footy and win the ball for her side. Tough competitor.

 

Murray Bushrangers vs. Gippsland Power 

By Taylah Melki 

Murray:

 #4 Chelsea Knight

She had a good game across the middle and was quite dynamic on the field. Knight pressed hard and her work rate was up. She was not afraid to compete hard for the footy and was ferocious at ground level to try and win the footy for her team. She covered the ground well in the slippery conditions.

#17 Rebecca Webster 

She had a huge game for the Murray Bushrangers and was influential across the ground in difficult wet and slippery conditions. She took plenty of good intercept marks and hit the packs hard to win the footy. The weather did not seem to bother as it looked as if she had the ball on a string. She showed great footy awareness and was a ball magnet in the third term, bursting through contested packs. Webster tackled hard and was not afraid to get involved in the contest, she also showed off her impressive kicking ability. She was a clear standout for the Bushrangers in difficult conditions.

#22 Tamara Smith

Played a huge role in bringing the Bushrangers back into the game in the fourth quarter by creating leads and running hard to try and open up the space across the ground. She had a good clearing kick which she used to get the ball into space and was very creative with ball in hand. Smith also demonstrated her clean hands in close and around the contest even with a wet and slippery footy. She worked really hard to win the contested footy for her team and tried to give them an opportunity to push forward.

#42 Grace Egan

Egan was very influential when she helped out in the ruck contest and showcased her leap. She took a few good contested marks down back and demonstrated her clean hands around the contest. She showed good footy awareness and was able to read the play and flight of the football with ease. Egan managed to hit targets in tricky weather conditions and was one of the best on field for the Bushrangers.

#45 Olivia Barber

Barber had a huge last quarter, scoring one of the most important goals of the game to tie the scores. She was under heaps of pressure but showed great composure and skill to go back and slot the goal in the last term. Barber had strong hands and stood up when her team needed her.

 

Others:

#1 Julia Harvey: Had clean hands and took good marks under pressure which can be tricky when dealing with a wet footy.

#14 Amy Duguid: She had some good run and created dynamic leads for her teammates. Duguid worked really hard to try and open up space and used her long kick of the footy to clear congestion.

 #41 Charlotte Bevan: Laid some strong tackles and had no problem bringing down bigger-bodied girls in her bone-crunching tackles.

#16 Eloise Ashley-Cooper: She was really solid down back once again for the Bushrangers and continued her impressive ways. She won plenty of the footy and showed good awareness. 

#19 Millie Brown: Her quick use of the footy was impressive as it kept the opposition on their feet. Her quick transition play allowed for her team mates to run free. Positioned herself well to take big grabs and had strong hands in marking contests.

Gippsland:

#1 Ebony Jones

Jones had good break-away speed that helped her to open up and create space for her team mates. Her use of speed showed great footy smarts as it enabled her to burst away from packs and set up scoring opportunities for herself and others. She scored an important goal in the opening quarter thanks to her reliable kick and ability to get herself into damaging positions on the field.

#12: Megan Fitzsimon

Another player that stood out for the Power was Megan Fitzsimon, who relished her time out in the middle showing great agility and ability to read the footy. She competed hard to win the ball and showed a great work rate to get herself involved in the contest. Fitzsimon had a thumping kick on her and strong hands taking some big grabs across the ground.

 #13 Holly Andrews

Andrews was influential in setting up play for the Power and used the footy cleanly and accurately. She was able to hit her targets and pushed forward in the third quarter to help create possible scoring opportunities for her team. She applied plenty of pressure around the ground and took good contested grabs while having to contend with the slippery ball and windy conditions.

#28 Tyla Hanks

She was a key player for the Power working down back and pushing up hard into the midfield. She was not afraid to go hard at the footy, laying an impressive smother and competing hard in the scrum. Hanks showed great awareness with ball in hand and had strong hands to take important grabs across the ground. She used her penetrating kick to move the ball quickly and help set her team up. The co-captain was in everything and really opened up the game at times with her run and decision-making to help release team mates.

#58 Amy Dunn 

She showed great awareness throughout the game and laid some big tackles during the match. She played a pivotal role in the second quarter, nailing an impressive goal to get her team into a dominant position going into half time. Her goal sparked her team up.

Others:

#27 Nikia Webber” Showed a lot of desperation for the footy and competed hard to win the ball for her team. Covered the ground really well and ran hard to impact on the contest.  

#46 Laura Thompson: Had clean hands in and around the contest and was able to find targets in the wet. She also showcased her marking ability with her strong hands in challenging conditions.

#57 Jazz Ferguson: Showed her skills both offensively and defensively, laying strong tackles and coming hard through the congestion to clear the footy.

 

Western Jets vs. Calder Cannons

By: Julia Montesano and Peter Williams

Western:

#14 Isabella Grant

The talented utility had a few promising moments throughout the game and presented to a number of contests leading out of the forward line. She moved into the midfield in the second term and put pressure on the Cannons midfield, often lining up against the much smaller Madison Prespakis at stoppages. However she showed throughout the game she has good game smarts, positioning and strength, and is clean at ground level.

#16 Elizabeth Georgiostathis

Another promising performance from the winger who was strong around the clearances, winning a few free kicks. She was one the Cannons had to keep an eye on, and benefited from a 50m penalty to slot the Jets’ second goal to put them in front at one stage. Her strengths are her hands in close and a neat side-step when clearing the ball out of the middle. Consistent as ever building on from last week’s game.

#30 Isabella Pritchard

Hard to believe she is still 16 as she has a very mature approach to her football. She is a strong intercept mark and constantly rebounds opposition attacks. Pritchard laid a number of strong tackles to lock the ball up or stop opponents clearing it easily. Among her strengths are her positioning in one-on-ones and her vision, complimented by her intercept marking ability and long kicking.

#39 Cleo Saxon-Jones

Provided a real forward target for the Jets and booted two goals as the main forward in the arc. She is so strong and had a great fend off in the forward 50, and later on snapped a great goal off a step in the second term. She provides a focal point for the Jets who go long and deep, and has some impressive goal sense around the big sticks.

#43 Caitlin Greiser

A strong performance across four quarters, Greiser got amongst it regularly when the ball headed forward. She played as a high half-forward and while at times the ball was at the other end of the ground, when it was in her area she used her long kicking and strength in one-on-ones to win the ball and bomb It forward. She has a penetrating kick and used it fairly well early.

Others:

#2 Caitlin Gashi: Laid a great tackle in the middle of the ground and showed some impressive defensive attributes on the day.

#5 Mary Daw: She came in for her first game of the season and mostly played down back opposing star midfielder Madison Prespakis when she was forward. She did well in the one-on-ones but is still quite raw and her disposal can still improve. She showed off some nice athleticism at times, however.

#15 Hannah Bult: Provided some really good run and carry, and has a long kick that she was able to utilise to kick to position well.

#22 Alison Chivell: A midfielder who showed some promising signs around the clearances in the middle.

#27 Payton-Ani Ozols: Strong overhead and has courage to burn, taking a huge grab with pressure coming from behind.

#35 Chloe Weston-Sirett: Got involved in the second term with a long kick inside 50 to Cleo Saxon Jones’ advantage leading to a goal.

Calder:

#2 Felicity Theodore

A lightly built midfielder, Theodore provided some heavy defensive pressure. She did well to roll back into defence and up forward and win the ball at half-forward and keep it moving in transition. She showed off a nice set of wheels to burn off opponents when racing out of the back half and her kicking was reliable. Produced a great run-down tackle in the second term when an opponent was on the rebound.

#3 Madison Prespakis

The top prospect in the TAC Cup Girls lead from the front again with an inspiring performance. Predominantly played forward in the second half after a masterclass in the midfield early, Prespakis just found space – and the footy – everywhere she went. She was strong in the clearances, used her body to plow through opponents and remarkably barely had a hand on her when the midfields spread. She was an inside bull with a penetrating kick and was rewarded for her hard running, creating a goal out of nothing, roving a ball from a pack and snapping it through the middle. She also set up a second goal with a long kick inside 50 for the small forwards to run onto it in the goal square.

#8 Eliza Vale

Stood out with her class in trying conditions. She has great skills and worked hard off half-back before progressing into the midfield. She showed great penetration on her kick into the wind which challenged many others. Vale is still developing but has some good traits that make her stand out on the football field.

#21 Georgia Patrikios

Stood up when the game was there to be won and was the second best behind Prespakis for the Cannons. She not only had plenty of eye-catching offensive moments, but also did all the hard stuff as well with some bone-crunching tackles. She really started moving in the game in the second half, sharing the ball around with her teammates while also using her great agility to sidestep opponents. She kicked around her body to snap what would be the winning goal for Calder and just produced an outstanding game, stepping up to another level this weekend.

#23 Grace Dicker

She showed off some great acceleration and speed to burst out of a stoppage for an important clearance. With clean disposal along the wing heading forward and great run and carry, Dicker is a damaging player on her day. Her speed was a treat as she raced away from opponents and more importantly, she backs herself in and just goes. An example in the second half was her streaming down the middle of the ground and kicking forward with barely anyone getting near her. She also created the final goal for Alisa Magri to seal the result.

Others:

#18 Carla Rendelmann: Showed great run and carry out of the defensive 50. Kept the ball moving for the Cannons and was impressive in the ruck, producing the perfect tap down to Prespakis for a clearance.

#22 Makeisha Muller: Has a long kick that she used to kick deep inside 50. Is also a quick thinker with ball in hand.

#29 Stephanie Elias: Read the play really well and took an intercept mark from a 50m penalty.

#31 Krstel Petrevski: Was really clean by foot throughout the match.

#34 Zoe Hardiman: Had an early chance on goal but just missed the kick off the ground.

#37 Faith Holloway: Another Cannons player who seemed to be clean in the tough conditions, producing a good kick inside 50 early in the match.

 

Northern Knights vs. Sandringham Dragons

By: Julia Montesano and Peter Williams

#3 Nell Morris-Dalton

The midfielder was quite impressive across the four quarters and showed some quick hands both on the inside, and quick thinking on the outside. She is clean off the deck and has good acceleration and strength, fending off opponents to keep moving with momentum. She is a hard runner who covered the ground well, often found running along the wing to create space for her teammates to kick into.

#6 Alyssa Bannan

Just an enigma up forward. The tall forward is an excitement machine where you do not know what to expect. She kicked a fantastic goal off a couple of steps in Mo Hope style with a bouncing snap, and just has that unique ability to know where her opponents are, and dance around them. She is most comfortable kicking for goal or kicking long, with plenty of penetration on her kicking and is just a natural goal kicker. She has a knack of finding the football at stoppages and getting her boot to the ball. Bannan also has the composure to dispose of it well rather than hacking it forward.

#21 Ellie McKenzie

Another impressive midfielder who does very little wrong. She has a great combination of athleticism and skill, and was able to sidestep opponents and deliver the ball forward cleanly. She is able to work the ball from either side of her body and showed good composure under pressure. One of the better kicks on the day. McKenzie has a natural kicking action and is able to pin-point targets with her left foot. A great chase down tackle on Eliza McNamara in the fourth quarter was a defensive highlight.

#22 Britney Gutknecht

Was the second best player on the ground behind Newton and was just so classy on a day where the conditions challenged everyone. She showed some good spread and was clean at top speed, giving-and-going where possible to keep the ball moving at every opportunity. She provided some dash out of defence when she went back, and when forward, opened up the angle on an inside 50 kick to place it perfectly to the top of the goal square for a great contest. She kick a goal from a set shot and played across the ground, showing off her versatility.

#23 Gabby Newton

The best on ground and our AFL Draft Central Player of the Round for round three. She played through the ruck, but is so mobile she can play up forward, down back or through the midfield. She laid some fierce tackles through the middle, but also provided plenty of offensive drive out of the stoppages. She kicked a goal from a banana and was so dominant across the field with her penetrating kick and high work ethic constantly having the opposition Dragons players on high alert. She has been one of the most consistent players this season, and she even went to another level on the weekend.

Others:

#1 Magdalene Antypas: Showed neat skills in defence when the pressure was red hot.

#2 Marnie Jarvis: Zipped around the contests winning a fair bit of the footy. Kicked a well deserved goal in the last term and was strong overhead throughout the game.

#4 Neve O’Connor: Was another Knights player unlucky not to be in our overall best, but she was very impressive. Playing through the ruck, O’Connor showed good vision to hit-up targets through the midfield and execute her booming kick well, often coming out of a clearance.

#5 Maddy Bracantisano: Was an influential leader through the midfield and continued to crack in hard throughout the four quarters. She earned a few free kicks for getting to the contest first and just covers the ground so well. A real strong inside ball winner, she was also among the best despite named outside our top five.

#7 Abigail Bennett: Not as influential as last week, but those impressive traits were still there in patches. She has lovely vision and is a really good field kick, as well as having plenty of composure to control the ball before disposing of it.

#9 Maeve Chaplin: A strong mark and quick thinker. She showed good peripheral vision and spatial awareness with ball in hand and another true contributor to the Knights’ win.

#10 Phoebe Chisholm: Had a highlight reel-worthy moment at one stage, taking a great mark in defence, sidestepping an opponent and backed herself to run and carry with a nice kick down the ground.

#13 Mika Suzuki: A really speedy player who can kick it well off one step. She backs up her speed with a high work rate and showed off a great tank to burst out of the centre on multiple occasions.

#14 Jess Fitzgerald: Is a strong kick who can kick both straight and laterally, and has the composure to assess her options before disposing of it.

#17 Ciara Fitzgerald: Unlucky not to be paid a mark in one instance and was a strong set of hands in a goal square contested marking situation.

#24 Alex Pronesti: Shows her class in moments and while she was not the highest possession winner, when she gets the ball she does not waste it. An example was a beautiful centering kick to set up a straight forward set shot for Ellie McKenzie.

#27 Paije Kennedy: A strong contested mark, Kennedy was good in both contested and uncontested situations, particularly having a purple patch in the third quarter.

Sandringham:

#5 Jasmine Tait

An impressive performance from the midfielder who also spent time at half-back. She had a great spin out of a tackle to kick it forward early, and just had an added bit of flair throughout the game. She was often used as a link in transition going forward, and was a hard runner when down back. Tait accumulated a lot of the ball on the defensive 50 line and did it with style with ball in hand.

#30 Eleanor Brown

The clear best for Sandringham and hardly missed a beat. She was superb from the first siren through to the final one and just dominated through the midfield against a Knights midfield that often got their hands to the ball first. She broke the lines when behind the ball and showed good vision to kick to position. Brown is able to work hard to get to the right positions and is clean with her disposal and able to produce some advantageous kicks when going inside 50. When the Knights tightened the screws, Brown kept a level head and she just goes in hard and finds the ball. Can kick the ball long and still hit targets.

#32 Sarah Hartwig

Had an early influence in the first half, producing a few spoils one-on-one and showing her dominance in the air. The ball was often down the other end during the middle of the match as the wind favoured the Dragons in the second term. She was clean picking the ball off the deck and took a couple of great intercept marks on the wing. Dislocated her finger later in the game when the Knights took control in the final term.

#43 Abbie McKay

Started down back and moved into the midfield in the second term. Applied plenty of pressure on the inside and was one of the better Dragons by the end of the match. Quite versatile in how she can play, she has good hands in close and loves the defensive side of things. Might not stand out like some of the bigger outside ball winners, but McKay is a crucial cog in the Sandringham midfield and defence.

#64 Eliza McNamara

Very impressive performance from McNamara once again. She had a quiet first quarter but was one of the best after quarter time. She won the first clear kick after the centre bounce in the second quarter, and earned a free for getting in first. McNamara won plenty of the ball as the match went on and when having time and space, was able to pinpoint passes to her teammates. Under pressure she did make a couple of mistakes, but overall was a really strong contributor in the Dragons side.

Others:

#1 Maddi Wilson: Took a good mark inside 50 but her shot fell short.

#2 Winnie Laing: Had her moments once again, and can never doubt her courage. Wins the hardball and continually presents around the stoppages. Conditions did not make it easy for disposal, but she cracked in hard and took it to the Knights midfielders.

#25 Bella Eddey: Held good positioning at the 50m arc, protecting the ball drop and marking on her chest. She quickly handballed it off to keep the play moving.

#36 Jemma Owen: Worked hard throughout the match and won a bit of the ball down forward but just missed an opportunity to capitalise in the first term. She did kick a good goal in the second term, snapping after Eliza McNamara pinpointed her inside 50.

#39 Margie Purcell: Took off and used her speed well throughout the game.

#42 Ruby Woods: Was impressive off half-back, particularly in the first quarter, providing drive out of defence to keep the Dragons on the front foot.

#49 Laura Amelung: Has great acceleration going forward as well as good composure to side-step her opponent and kick inside 50.

#50 Holly Bate: A long kick of the football, Bate placed the ball well to the dangerous part of the goal square.

#58 Grace Bridges: Placed an impressive centering kick inside 50 to the danger zone later in the game.

 

Oakleigh Chargers vs. Eastern Ranges

By: Julia Montesano and Peter Williams

Oakleigh:

#14 Hannah McLaren

A consistent performer from the Chargers’ captain. Did not have a huge influence early, but worked into the game a little more. She has a booming kick and a hard nut attitude that saw her crash into packs and win plenty of hardballs throughout the game. She played in defence, up forward and through the midfield, showing off her versatility once again. Never said ‘die’ throughout the game and you know what to expect from her, week-in, week-out.

#16 Alana Porter

Blistering speed and one that really caught many eyes on the weekend. She has top notch acceleration and speed, and is able to balance when on the run to fend off opponents. She has a really good first few steps and took the game on with a burst through the centre to open up the play. Provided a few highlights on a blustery day.

#30 Gemma Lagioia

The classy ball winner was quiet early but gradually worked into the game. She won her fair share of the ball through the middle and showed great bursts of acceleration out of a stoppage. She stepped up in the second half and laid some strong tackles – including one on Eastern Ranges’ co-captain Emerson Woods to stop her in her tracks. Not the best conditions for ball use, but Lagioia was still slick in the trying conditions.

#41 Katie Lynch

Returned after missing round two and was Oakleigh’s star for the day. She was strong overhead, played through the midfield and hardly missed a beat. She was able to spread well to the flanks and wings, and was one of the few able to hit targets in tough conditions. Lynch is very agile for a taller player and while she is the size of a key position player, can easily play midfield and reads the game well. She took a great diving mark on the wing with players coming out at her, and is able to stand up in a tackle to get her arms free.

#70 Peggy-Sue Fennell

Was not numbered on the teamsheet, but certainly did enough to know we were not going crazy seeing #70 out there. She did a nice few things around the ground and worked hard on the inside to fire out handballs to the outside to release teammates to run going forward.

Others:

#9 Elisabeth Jackson: Showed good vision and decision making through the game, kicking into space when she had the opportunity, just needed to execute the odd pass here or there a little better, but was understandable in the conditions.

#17 Nicola Xenos: Was not as busy as the week before, but still showed off her trademark sidestep and tried to take the game on. She kicked the ball well when going forward.

#19 Emily Harley: Another hard working effort across the ground, providing some tough bumps and defensive pressure for the Chargers.

#21 Charlotte Moon: Performed strongly in the ruck.

#26 Amber Micallef: Had lightning hands in close and provided some important passes to teammates.

#32 Chloe O’Malley: Won a free kick and was able to kick the ball forward cleanly.

#33 Georgia Byrne: Kicked a consolation goal in the final term, but was well deserved for her hard running efforts.

Eastern:

#3 Emerson Woods

A consistent performance from the AFLW Academy member and arguably her best of the season having seen all three games. She was able to have an impact through the midfield and up forward, being an important ball winner in the clinches, winning plenty of one-on-ones and using her strength and quick hands to advantage. She has a penetrating kick when she can get onto it, and showed her goal nous up forward when she pounced on a loose goal and kicked truly in the first quarter.

#21 Mikala Cann

A player who continues to build, Cann really showed off her jets with some bursts of power and acceleration on the weekend. When she gets goal side of her opponent she is so damaging, but is also defensively sound in the fact she can run down her opponents when they are in possession. She was one of the best early on, getting plenty of touches, while also spreading well as the game went on, taking a great marking and setting up a goal assist.

#37 Georgia Macpherson

Barely touched it in the first quarter but was not her fault at all when the ball did not go down the Ranges’ defensive end. Once Oakleigh started to get their hands on the ball more, so did Macpherson, taking some big intercept grabs at half-back and kicking long down the wing. Macpherson took a huge contested mark in the third quarter and was one of the reasons the Ranges did not let Oakleigh get too close later in the game.

#38 Laura McClelland

An exciting forward who is strong overhead and continues to deliver inside 50. She kicked a goal in the first few minutes of the game and got her side up and about. McClelland is so good one-on-one and is solid on the lead, as well as having good awareness to intercept when inside 50. She showed off her strength during the game; in one instance, she broke away from two players and was composed enough to dispose of the ball cleanly.

#39 Olivia Meagher

Really good performance from Meagher who was arguably the Ranges’ best four quarter performer. Just continued to get her hands on it throughout the game and she provided a real spark between midfield and the forward 50. She has great speed and agility, bursts out of packs and wins the ball both on the inside and outside. Meagher is one player who backs herself in and is dangerous on the rebound.

Others:

#6 Gabrielle De Angelis: Showed off neat skills to hit up a target in the forward 50 with a well-weighted kick. She is also strong overhead and provided good spread across the ground.

#10 Nicole Cormack: Likes to move the ball and had a quick get-and-go on the outside and is quick to react from hand to foot.

#17 Mietta Kendall: A booming kick out of defence, Kendall played quite well in the defensive 50.

#35 Brittany Cubitt: On debut, she read the play well and took a great intercept mark inside 50 in the first half.

#41 Jenna Richardson: Covered the ground really well and showed some great movement.

#46 Sarah Kendall: Not as huge as her efforts in the first fortnight, but still found a bit of the ball and covered the ground well, so a solid contributor.