AFLW Player of the Week (Round Three)
With three down and four to go, we are nearly onto the final stretch of the AFL Women’s home and away season.
Round three gave us a little bit of everything, from blow outs to draws, and it looks as if it is shaping up to be a very close finish in both conferences.
And a highlight of the round would have to be the performance of the league’s young forwards, with Danielle Ponter (1/8/2000) and Kalinda Howarth (2/8/1999), two forwards that are 364 days apart, both having tremendous days up-forward for their respective clubs.
As always, we have kept things simple, and brought to you our picks of the top three performers of round three. Plus a few honourable mentions as usual.
These honourable mentions go to the players who either just missed out on making the top three or were ones that were received several nominations by our followers.
Nikki Gore (Adelaide) – eight disposals, nine tackles and a goal
Danielle Higgins (Geelong) – 19 disposals, five marks and two goals
Ashleigh Riddell (North Melbourne) - 21 disposals, three marks and a tackle
#3. Danielle Ponter (Adelaide)
While the Crows suffered a scare at the hands of Geelong, it certainly didn’t rattle Danielle Ponter up-forward. With the 19-year-old booting four of Adelaide’s eight goals during their 11-point victory. While this is the first time this season that the forward has had her name on the goalkickers list, she did manage to boot 13 goals during the 2019 season, and she will no doubt be looking to keep this momentum going to beat that record.
#2. Kalinda Howarth (Gold Coast)
Things are starting to come together for the Gold Coast Suns and while they didn’t win their round three match, there are plenty of positives to take from their hard-fought draw against their cross-town rivals. And of these positives would be the performance of young Kalinda Howarth. Round three saw her play her best AFLW game thus far, booting three goals and collecting ten disposals in a performance that saw her receive this week’s Rising Star nomination.
#1. Jaimee Lambert (Collingwood)
The match of the round between Fremantle and Collingwood was the type of game that you would expect the big guns to shine, and they did exactly that. But at the forefront, was none other than Collingwood’s Jaimee Lambert, who finished with an impressive 32 disposals, eight tackles and a goal. While her side didn’t get the win, this round three performance continues her run of impressive games in the black and white. She now stands with an average of 23.7 disposals and 6.7 tackles a game, which is way above her previous personal record of 15.6 disposals and 5.3 tackles a game that she set last season.
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