The GSFLW 22 Under 22 Team
See some of the most exciting prospects on offer by the Great Southern Football League Women's competition with our inaugural GSFLW 22 Under 22 side.
The GSFLW is home to many exciting young guns and this perhaps was no better displayed than during their Under-17s Association Game clash with the Southern - which ended in a decisive 41-point win for the Great Southern.
Many exciting young prospects call the Great Southern home, with Willunga being creating a dynasty within the junior ranks. But while many have heard of the Demons' extremely talented players, Shae Archbold for example, many others from around the competition are ready to impress.
Scroll down to see our inaugural 22 Under 22 team plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Shae Archbold
Vice-Captain: Kimberley Rowe
In terms of spots; Willunga leads the way with 7 players represented - which is quite a feat considering there are only 25 spots available. Yankalilla also has a healthy number of names on the side, as does Mt Compass.
As for the leaders, we decided to hand the captaincies to some of the most exciting youngsters in the Great Southern. These are the extremely exciting and already well-known, Shae Archbold, and the consistently impressive Tiger, Kimberley Rowe - the former of which is the Captain and the latter is our 22 Under 22 Vice-Captain.
Having strong hands and a great kick, Encounter Bay young gun and first-year Panther, Tess Huxtable, kicks off this year's first 22 Under 22 side - she is also the sole Eagle in the side.
The Captain, Shae Archbold, joins the side in the forward pocket. Shae's 2021 year included the GSFLW Under-17s Best and Fairest, an Open Women's Premiership, and an Association selection.
The opposite pocket is home to Chloe Howlett, who is an extremely reliable target up forward - having kicked 13 goals during her 14 matches for Yankalilla's Under-17s.
Named on the forward flank is McLaren's Ruby Flanagan-Sjoberg. The often underrated Eagle was named in the best players for just under half of all of her Open Women's matches this season.
Centre-half-forward is home to a McLaren prospect who has been knocking on the top tier's door during 2021. Tahlita Buehke is a prime example of a GSFLW product forging a career in the SANFLW.
Rounding out the attacking six is Strathalbyn's favourite daughter, Emogen Johnson. The speedy and crafty midfielder has proven to be a valuable asset for the Roosters as well as SANFLW sides.
Rucking duties belong to one of the most versatile players in the GSFLW, Willunga's Ella Radbone. This talented Demon topped off 2021 by being named as the Best on Ground for the premiership-winning Dees.
Joining her on-ball is her fellow teammate and Demon Captain, Katrice Turner, who has proven to be one of the most consistently successful players within the competition - just don't expect her to admit it.
Rounding out the followers is our Vice-Captain, Kimberley Rowe, who, if you have been reading our latest content, is an exciting yet often underrated Yankalilla Tiger - but we are certain that this underrated status is set to change very soon.
McLaren's 2020 premiership player, Layla Rogers, joins the side on the wing. The fast-paced Eagle is one of those who always seems to step up at the most crucial stages.
From a 2020 premiership player to a 2021 premiership player; Willunga's Lauren Clifton is a hard-running and exciting prospect. A member of the 2021 State Side, this Demon is a bit of a club favourite.
Finally, calling the centre home is the tough Mt Compass product, Brooke Boileau. Perhaps typifying her potential, Brooke recently received South Adelaide's Balfours Scholarship.
In a world where most players just want to kick goals, Amelia Sartor is a welcome change. This exciting Mt Compass defender enjoyed a stellar season in the Under-17s and was a consistent performer throughout the year.
Centre half back is home to the Willunga father-daughter and 2021 Premiership player, Caitlin Radbone, who is one of the competition's finest rebounders of the footy.
Injured Tiger, Colbie Frankland, makes an appearance on the half backline. As a tough fighter for the footy, this Tiger can practically play any position that you want her to.
Young key defender, Carli Perryman, calls our full back spot home. This young gun has had to battle some of the best forwards in the league - all while being much younger than them.
A versatile Victor Harbor product turned Panther, Jaimee Millard, finds herself deep in defence after impressing with both the Kangaroo's Juniors and Open Women's sides.
Jaimee is joined by fellow exciting Kangaroo, Maya Overall, who managed to impress with both Victor's Under-17s and Senior side - making her one that is worth keeping an eye on.
Yankalilla young gun, Jemma Ellis, acts as the 22 Under 22 team's second ruck - thanks to her great verticle and high agility.
She is joined by fellow exciting Tiger, Leah Bailey, who donned the number 1 for the 2021 Association Side after putting together an impressive GSFLW season.
Adding some goal-kicking potential to the rotations is Kiahni Russell, who was crowned as the Under-17s Leading Goal Kicker after an outstanding season for the Bulldogs.
The Best on Ground during the Great Southern's big Association win, Kalani Bates, joins the rotations this season. Besides representative footy, the Goolwa product also impressed at club level.
Adding some leadership to the backup brigade is the young gun Magpie, Deriney Headon, who led by example for the Under-17s by collecting 17 goals from 15 matches.
Impressive Mt Compass player and first-year Panther, Emily Smith, makes an appearance amongst the emergencies - with only injury ruling her out of being a starter.
Fittingly, the final spot in our inaugural side belongs to the youngest player o the team, Willunga's Bella Rigby. The exciting Demon punches way above her weight and age when it comes to footy - and she will be a part of the 22 Under 22 for many years to come.
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