Minutes with Moose Team of the Year
On this day 365 days ago, we released our first ever player feature article. Fast forward to now and we have since featured 128 players from all over the country, as well as one footballer from the United States.
And what better way to celebrate the first anniversary of Minutes with Moose – than with a walk down memory lane and chance a revisit some of these 128 featured players.
So, using only the players that we have featured over the last 12 months, we have decided to try and put together the strongest team possible, in what we like to call the Minutes with Moose Dream Team.
Scroll down to read the full team plus a breakdown of the named players.
Captain: Ebony Marinoff
Vice-Captain: Anne Hatchard
Leadership Group: Emmi-Lee Close, Taite Lantzke, Montana Mckinnon, Cleo Saxon-Jones, Hannah Dunn.
Some of the named players are slightly out of position as there was a lot of competition for spots, but we tried to keep it as correct as possible. Both the Gold Coast Suns and the Adelaide Crows hold the most spots in the side with three apiece.
While we do not have a coach for the Dream Team because we are yet to feature any coaches, we decided to make up for it by naming a leadership squad of seven players while trying to represent as many states as possible within it.
As easily the most well-known players on the team, the star Crows duo of Ebony Marinoff and Anne Hatchard have been awarded the Captaincy and Vice-Captaincy, respectively. While the remaining spots in the leadership group go to the Captain of the 2018 Western Australian U16s state team, Taite Lantzke, as well as the 2019 Central Allies Captain, Montana Mckinnon.
The highly experienced Canberra product turned Goal Coast Sun, Hannah Dunn, the Vice-Captain of the 2019 Queensland U18s state team, Emmi-Lee Close, and finally, rounding out the leadership group is a current Richmond Tiger that is highly regarded by a lot of her younger-former teammates, Cleo Saxon-Jones.
Scroll down for the player breakdowns as well as links to some of the updated feature articles.
Katelyn Rosenzweig (Central District)
A welcome part of our Dream Team forward line is former Crow and current Central District star, Katelyn Rosenzweig. She won the SANFLW Leading Goalkicker award during the SANFLW’s inaugural year back in 2017. Katelyn would also make the 2017 SANFLW Team of the Year while 2018 would see her make the SAWFL Team of the Year. While she has not had the best of luck with injuries, she is still one of the most dangerous forwards in the SANFLW competition and as it currently stands, she is third in the goalkicking tally with eight from four matches.
Pip Davis (Wollongong)
Wollongong’s Pip Davis sits very comfortably at full forward of our Dream Team. 2019 saw Pip play in a Sydney League Division One Premiership as well as claim that same league’s Leading Goalkicker award as she booted 59 goals during the home and away season. She has also experienced footy at state level, having previously represented the NSW state U16s team. Overall, Pip is one of the best forwards that we have come across thus far and would be an extremely dangerous target up-forward for any club that is lucky enough to have her.
Jacqueline Parry (Melbourne)
One of several star players from the Australian Capital Territory, this Queanbeyan Tiger turned Melbourne Demon is a part of the Dream Team’s very potent forward line. As a sign of good things to come, Jackie Parry won the AFL Canberra’s 2018 Rising Star award. The following year in 2019, saw her play in a Premiership with the Queanbeyan Tigers, as well as win the AFL Canberra’s Division One Leading Goalkicker award with 53 goals. She would then get drafted by the Demons with pick 54 during the 2019 AFLW Draft and would go onto play three AFLW games for two goals during the 2020 season.
Half Forward Flank
Alyssa Bannan (Northern Knights)
As a former member of both the U16 and U18 Victoria Metro teams, Alyssa Bannan is one of the youngest players to make our Dream Team. She is currently a part of the AFLW National Academy and has been since 2019. She is also currently a part of the Northern Knights Leadership group and thus far this year she has been one of the best performers in the entire NAB League Girls competition. All this adds up to make Alyssa one extremely bright prospect.
Centre Half Forward
Cleo Saxon-Jones (Richmond)
Standing proudly at centre half forward for our Dream Team is the powerful Cleo Saxon-Jones. This former Western Jets young gun is a two-time U18s Victoria Metro representative and also held a spot in the AFLW Academy. Cleo would go onto be drafted to Richmond with pick 58 during the 2019 AFLW Draft and while she is yet to make her AFLW debut, there is still a lot of potential for this forward/ruck. As well as all this though, she was also once the Vice-Captain of the Western Jets – this fact coupled with several young players thanking her for her guidance, is why she is also a part of our Dream Team’s leadership squad.
Half Forward Flank
Taite Lantzke (South Fremantle)
As a member of the Dream Team’s leadership group – this Western Australian product is promising to say the least. She represented the Western Australian U15s state team in 2016 and 2017, while 2018 saw her Captain WA’s state U16s team. More recently, 2019 saw Taite claim South Fremantle’s Leading Goalkicker award, which we think has set the tone for what will prove to be many more successful years for this young leader.
Zoe Hurrell (Sydney Uni)
Zoe Hurrell is one of several bright New South Wales products that have made our Dream Team. She is a two-time NSW/ACT representative as well as a two-time Eastern Allies player. She also made the Sydney Women’s Premier Division Team of the Year – which all adds up to make Zoe one very exciting prospect.
Hannah Dunn (Gold Coast)
Winner of the Gold Coast Suns’ inaugural Coach’s award, Hannah Dunn has enjoyed a very impressive football career. She has made the AFL Canberra Team of the Year every year from 2011 up to 2019 and she also made the 2019 SANFLW Team of the Year as well. On the back of a strong 2019, she was selected by the Suns with pick 22 during the 2019 AFLW Draft, and she would go onto play six AFLW games this year in which she averaged 14 disposals and six tackles a match. Because she has enjoyed many successful years of football and is also a proud and much-beloved part of football in the ACT, she also holds a spot in our Dream Team’s leadership group.
Hannah Munyard (Western Bulldogs)
Everyone thought this two-time SANFLW Premiership player was going to get drafted, it was just a matter of where she would end up. Easily one of the steals of the 2019 draft, Hannah Munyard was signed by the Western Bulldogs during the free agency period. As a two-time Central Allies player as well as a 2019 SANFLW Team of the Year member and the runner-up to South Adelaide’s 2019 Best and Fairest – Hannah would make her AFLW debut during Round Four of this season. She would go onto play three AFLW games in total this year, and collect a steady 21 disposals, seven tackles and a goal.
Half Back Flank
Georgia Garnett (GWS Giants)
As a three-time NSW/ACT Rams representative as well as a two-time Eastern Allies player, it was no surprise that the GWS Giants selected her during the 2019 AFLW Draft with pick number 90. While she is yet to maker her AFLW debut in the orange and charcoal, this 2019 NAB AFLW Academy player certainly has a lot of potential going forwards. Best hinted at by her impressive results from the 2019 AFLW draft combine.
Centre Half back
Annie Lee (Geelong Falcons)
As a three time Best and Fairest for the Geelong Amateurs, this young gun defender from the Geelong Falcons is certainly worth keeping an eye on. She was also the winner of the 2018 U15 Geelong League Best and Fairest, and she has continued to perform at this high level so far during this year’s NAB League Girls season. As it currently stands, she has averaged 13 disposals, five rebound 50s and four marks a match from the two matches that the Falcons have played this year.
Half Back Flank
Cheyenne Hammond (Gold Coast)
Cheyenne Hammond is a two-time SANFLW Premiership player with South Adelaide, and she also received the Best on Ground during the 2018 SANFLW Grand Final win. With great pace, awareness and a remarkable rebounding skill, Cheyenne is a member of both the 2018 and the 2019 SANFLW Team of the Years. She was selected by the Suns with pick 57 during the 2019 AFLW Draft and she would go onto play in all seven of the Suns’ matches during the 2020 AFLW season.
Sam Pratt (South Adelaide)
As a member of South Adelaide’s current leadership group, Sam Pratt’s willingness to take the game on coupled with her rebounding ability, makes her one very valuable defender. She is also a 2019 SANFLW Premiership player as well as the recipient of South Adelaide’s 2019 Most Courageous player award. Currently, she sits in the top eight of the entire SANFLW for total rebound 50s – which is just another reason why she has made our Dream Team.
Jaslynne Smith (South Adelaide)
As a two-time SANFLW Premiership player as well as a member of the 2018 SANFLW Team of the Year – Jaslynne Smith is one of the best full backs in the SANFLW competition. Having previously represented the Central Allies in both 2017 and 2018, South Adelaide’s Jaslynne currently sits second in the league for total rebound 50s. With outstanding composure and an extremely reliable kick, she is a fitting full back for our Dream Team.
Brenna Tarrant (Melbourne)
As the inaugural winner of the Sydney Youth Girls League U15s Best and Fairest and more recently, an U18 All-Australian – this young defender from New South Wales was picked up by the Melbourne Demons with pick number 72 during the 2019 AFLW Draft. She made her debut during Round Five of the 2020 AFLW Season and would go onto play in three matches in total during this shortened AFLW season. As a member of the 2019 Eastern Allies side, she is best described as an extremely versatile player and is a welcome part of our Dream Team.
Montana Mckinnon (Adelaide Crows)
This South Australian product gets to hold the title as the best ruck that we have featured over the past months. As a two-time SANFLW Premiership player with South Adelaide as well as a two-time U18 All-Australian, it is no surprise that the Adelaide Crows selected her with their first pick, and the 14th overall during the 2019 AFLW Draft. She would go onto make her debut during Round Five of the 2020 AFLW season and would also play during Round Six of this season before the home and away season was cut short. The fact that she was also the Captain of the 2019 Central Allies team, is why she also holds a spot in the Dream Team’s leadership group.
Ebony Marinoff (Adelaide Crows)
As one of two extremely well-known and talented stars Adelaide Crows – Ebony Marinoff holds the Captaincy of our Dream Team. She has been named as an All-Australian on two occasions and has also played in both of the Crows’ Premierships. As the winner of the 2017 AFLW Rising Star, Ebony averaged 23 disposals, eight tackles and five marks a match during the 2020 AFLW season.
Anne Hatchard (Adelaide Crows)
Currently, Anne Hatchard is easily one of the best players in the country. The winner of the 2020 Adelaide Crows Club Champion award, Anne has enjoyed several extremely successful years of football. She is a two-time AFLW Premiership player as well as a SANFLW Premiership player and has been a part of the All-Australian team for the last two years. As the current holder of the ‘disposals per minute’ record, she finished the 2020 AFLW season with an average of 25 disposals, six tackles and five marks a match.
Annise Bradfield (Bond University)
Annise Bradfield is a very exciting prospect for Queensland footy and not just because she made the Queensland U18 state team when she was just 15 years of age. Annise is currently a part of the AFLW NAB Academy, a position she also held back in 2019. Likewise, she is also a part of the Suns Academy. Sadly, it has not been all smooth sailing for this midfield/forward, but the fact that she has remained rather positive while carving a very promising career – certainly makes her a Dream Team quality player.
Ellie Hicks (Belconnen)
Belconnen’s Ellie Hicks is a very promising prospect from the Australian Capital Territory. Having previously been a part of the U18 AFL Canberra Team of the Year in both 2018 and 2019, this two-time NSW/ACT U18s state player is certainly worth keeping an eye on. While her past is promising, her future looks even brighter, and she certainly ahs the potential to one day join her big sister in the AFLW.
Montana Ham (Western Jets)
Montana Ham from the Western Jets is one of the youngest players to make our Dream Team and it is pretty easy to see why. Montana has been named as an All-Australian in both 2018 and 2019, and she has also held the Vice-Captaincy of Victoria’s 2018 U15s state team as well as the Co-Captaincy of Victoria’s 2019 U15s state team. From just three matches this NAB League season, she has collected a total of 61 disposals, 15 marks and eight tackles. This coupled with her earlier mentioned accolades, makes Montana one extremely promising player.
Emmi-Lee Close (Yeronga)
Emmi-Lee Close has been a member of the Gold Coast Suns Academy since 2017 to the present day and she has also been selected into the Queensland state U18s team in both 2018 and 2019. Unfortunately, she has also had a terrible run of injuries over the last few years, which is why she is yet to play her 50th club game despite this year marking her fourth year of playing. However, the fact that she has managed to remain positive despite this, and has also previously been the Vice-Captain of the 2018 Gold Coast Sunsets team and the Vice-Captain of the 2019 Queensland state team – is the reason why she also holds a spot in our Dream Team’s leadership group.
Charlotte Hammans (Gold Coast)
Charlotte Hammans from the Gold Coast Suns is a very promising Queensland product. She was once a member of the NAB Women’s U18 Academy as well as the Queensland state U18s team and the All-Australian squad. With all this in mind, it is no wonder that the Suns selected Charlotte as a pre-signing back in 2019. While she is yet to make her AFLW, she still has plenty of potential going forwards.
Kara Turley (South Fremantle)
As one of two Western Australian products to make the final 25 – South Fremantle’s Kara Turley is one very bright prospect. She has been a part of the WA State Academy from 2017 to the present day and was also the Co-Captain of WA’s state U15s team in 2017. As well as this, she was also the Co-Captain of South Fremantle in 2018 and won their Players Player award that same year. Overall, she is a very promising player and is certainly worth keeping an eye on over the next few years.
Sophie Phillips (Bomaderry)
This promising New South Wales product enjoyed an outstanding year last year. This is because 2019 saw Sophie Phillips make both the NSW/ACT Rams team as well as the Eastern Allies side. As well as this, she also made the South Coast Representative team and the 2019 South Coast Women’s Team of the Year – which not only makes her Dream Team material but it also makes her a player that is worth keeping an eye on.
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