Minutes with Moose Dream Team '21
To celebrate MWM's second anniversary we have brought together some of the best of the best footballers that we have featured over the last 24 months.
The Minutes with Moose Dream Team '21 contains some of the best and most promising players that we have featured over the last 24 months. The team is voted on by fans of the site as well as the site's contributors, and the only catch is that they can not have appeared in our last MWM Dream Team addition (which can be found by clicking here).
Over the last 24 months, we have featured 182 players from all across the country ranging from local level prospects to AFLW stars. Picking a squad of 24 from 182 is difficult, but we are certain those who were unlucky to miss out will make an appearance in next year's Dream Team.
Scroll down to see the MWM Dream Team '21 plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Bella Lewis
Vice-Captain: Mimi Hill
The Dream Team features players from every state and territory, wether that be their state of origin or their current team's location. The Adelaide Crows and West Coast Eagles sit with two players each while impressively, the Tasmanian Devils also hold two spots.
The Captain of the Minutes with Moose Dream Team 21' is none other than the superstar young-gun from the West Coast Eagles, Bella Lewis. The Vice-Captain is the first-year Blue who took the AFLW by storm this year, Mimi Hill.
The Dream Team's attack consists of a lot more youth compared to last year's addition. From first year AFLW players to some of the nation's most promising prospects.
Kicking off the side is North Adelaide's Hannah Ewings who brings plenty of pace to the team. Typically an on-baller, this 2020 SANFLW Powerade Breakthrough Player made her league debut at just 15 years of age and she has never looked back since.
Centre half forward is home to the Western Bulldogs' and Western Jets product, Elisabeth Georgostathis. As the former Captain of the Western Jets and the 2019 runner-up NAB League Girls Best and Fairest, it is no surprise that she went at pick Number Nine during the 2019 AFLW Draft. Once at the Bulldogs she instantly made an impact as she finished fifth for their 2020 Best and Fairest.
The pride of the Northern Territory, or at least in our eyes, joins the Dream Team after making an impressive path in the Top End. Southern Districts' Bella Clarke has represented the NT Thunder ever year since 2015, with 2019 also including a spot in the Central Allies and the honour of being the NT Thunder U18s Co-Captain. She is simply a powerful player with an IQ to match.
The final spot on the half forward line belongs to Collingwood's father-daughter prospect, Tarni Brown. Tarni's football journey excelled rapidly and, after impressing with the Eastern Ranges and the Vic Metro side, she managed to make an already famous last name standout in women's footy.
Greater Western Victoria's Tahlia Meier may not be the tallest forward going around but she certainly has not let that hold her back. A multiple Leading Goalkkicker for the AFL Goldfields League, this crafty forward can definitely wreck havoc on an opposition's backline.
From one exciting NAB League Girls prospect to another, Gippsland's Alisha Molesworth joins the Dream Team after carving out an extremely promising footy journey. As a member of this year's Victoria Country U17s and the 2019 Newborough Leading Goalkicker, Alisha, much like Tahlia, is not a player that you would want to underestimate.
The ruck duties of the Dream Team fall to the extremely promising ruck from Sturt, Zoe Prowse. This multiple state representative had already established herself as one of the SANFLW's best rucks long before she reached draft age.
Joining Zoe in the on-ball division is West Adelaide's extraordinary youngster, Lauren Young. This two time U15 All Australian made her SANFLW debut this season at age 15; and by the end of the year she had won the Coaches Award, the Powerade Breakthrough Player Award, and the SANFLW League Best and Fairest. She has the speed, strength, and the awareness to absolutely punish the opposition.
The Dream Team Captain, Bella Lewis, is named in the on-ball division after putting together a stella debut AFLW season. The build up to this year was promising to say the least, with Bella representing the WA U18s during 2019 and 2020 while also earning a spot in the AFLW National Acadmey during 2020. All of this accumulated in getting picked with the third pick during the 2020 AFLW Draft and by end the of her debut season, she had been crowned as West Coast's 2021 Club Champion.
The middle of the ground is home to our Vice-Captain, Mimi Hill. Mimi was the Captain of the Oakleigh Chargers during 2019 and 2020 and she also donned the colours of the Victoria Metro U16 and U18 squads during her career. Going at Pick Twelve during the 2020 AFLW Draft, Mimi proved to be one of the steals of the draft and quickly became a fan-favourite for the Blues before cruelly getting ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. But we are certain that this up-beat Blue will be back bigger and better in the not so distant future.
One wing is home to Adelaide's Hannah Button who made her long awaited comeback from injury this AFLW season. Hannah's football career rapidly excelled, with the humble Crow winning the 2018 SANFLW Best and Fairest before getting selected with Pick 53 during the 2018 AFLW Draft. Once at the Crows, Hannah played in Adelaide's 2019 AFLW Premiership side.
South Adelaide's Gypsy Schirmer rounds out the Dream Team midfield. With great pace and strength, Gypsy was one of the Panthers most consistent performers during 2021 which was typified by her selection into the 2021 SANFLW Team of the Year. She has donned the colours of South Australia and has also Captained Port Adelaide's U16s Next Generation Acadmey, and all this adds up to make a player that is worth keeping an eye on.
West Coast's 2021 debutant defender, Amber Ward, adds plenty of composure to our Dream Team defense. Amber was one of the SANFLW's best defenders which explains her appearances in the SANFLW Team of the Year as well as the Central Allies side. Ward walced into West Coast and has never looked out of place.
Adelaide Crows youngster, Maddi Newman, is also a member of the Dream Team defense for obvious reasons. Similar to Amber, Maddi was one of the SANFLW's best defenders and, with her pace and awareness, was one of the most dangerous rebounders going around. After an impressive 2019 SANFLW season that saw her make the Central Allies and the SANFLW Team of the Year, she was selected by the Crows where she has shown her versatility by playing a range of different roles.
Dandenong's Amber Clarke is an on-baller but she was too good to not have as a starter for the Dream Team. This young Stingray holds several records for Athletics in Victoria, which explains why she has become such an impressive midfielder. Her other accolades include an U15 All Australian selection in 2019, which is only made more sweet when you consider she is still a year off from being draftable.
Essendon's Alana Barba is not a through and through defender but she is an absolute tackling machine; which was a good enough excuse to bring her into our Dream Team defense. A member of the Victoria Metro 2019 side and a two-time invitee to the AFLW Draft Combine, Alana finished the 2019 NAB League season with the second most tackles out of anyone.
GWS youngster, Emily Pease, is a defensive midfielder with an impressive run and carry ability. Emily was an U15 All Australian in 2017, and has made the Diversity All Stars, Eastern Allies, and the NSW/ACT Rams sides during her footballing journey. Considering this, it is unsurprising that she caught the attention of the Giants who selected her during the 2020 AFLW Draft.
The Full back of the Dream Team is the Tassie Devils defender, Bri Oates. This defender is crafty, classy, and extremely tough. As well as being courageous, she also leads by example: Bri was the Co-Captain of the Devils during the 2020 season and was also the Southern Tasmania team Captain during 2018.
Gold Coast young gun, Ellie Hampson, adds some x-factor to the Dream Team rotations. Ellie earned All Australian selection in 2019, a year that also saw her named as Queensland's U18 Most Valuable Player. A fan-favourite on the field and a teammate favourite off the field, Ellie made her AFLW debut during Round Two, 2020.
One of East Coast's brightest and best players, Sarah Ford, also joins the Dream Team rotations. Sarah's footballing journey includes two East Coast Best and Fairests as well as a spot in the 2019 AFL Sydney Team of the Year. During 2020, Sarah was also a train-on for the GWS Giants which perhaps shows just how close she is to taking that next step.
Sandringham's Pia Staltari has had a remarkable football journey which includes time spent representing Western Australia and Victoria's state sides. During her time in WA, she also earnt a spot in West Coast's Acadmey and, since moving, has become a standout for the Dragons.
Another standout NAB League Girls product is also amongst our rotations, with Claire Ransom joining the Dream Team after impressing with the Tassie Devils. A two-time Premiership Captain with North Hobart, Claire was one of the better players of the 2021 NAB League Girls competition.
Southern Power's Sarah Heptinstall also joins the Dream Team and she brings plenty of talent with her. Sarah is a two-time Medley Multicultural team Captain and a three-time Southern Power premiership player. A passionate and dedicated player, Sarah is certainly an NSW prospect that is worth keeping an eye on.
The final spot in our Dream Team '21 belongs to South Fremantle's Cairo Coventry. Having spent time in the Dockers Development Squad and the U16s and U18s AFL Acadmey, Cairo certainly has potential. This WA prospect also represented the Sandgropers during 2018.
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