NAB League Girls Team of the Week - Round Eight
Round Eight sees the Ranges and Stingrays win big, while the Thunder mark their first appearance with an impressive victory.
The Eastern Ranges started out as the slower of the two during their clash with Sandringham, with the Ranges going scoreless during the opening term. However, they would manage to hold the Dragons goalless for the final three terms to claim an impressive win, 9.5 (59) to 1.4 (10).
The Western Jets, who recorded four more scoring shots than the Calder Cannons, shot themselves in the foot with their inaccuracy. The Jets had kicked 0.6 (6) by halftime, and would finish just shy of the Cannons by the end of the match, 2.9 (21) to 5.2 (32).
Continuing to show their improvement this season was the Devils, who managed to hold off the Northern Knights to win, 6.8 (44) to 5.7 (37). Similar to the Jets versus Cannons clash, the Knights recorded five straight behinds in the opening term.
A strong second quarter display gave the Falcons the edge of the Chargers. Trailing at the first change, the Falcons piled on three unanswered goals to retake the lead and they would hold onto it till the final siren to claim a 5.4 (34) to 3.5 (23) win.
The Stingrays strung together four quarters of good footy while on their way to a convincing win over the Bushrangers. Leading 35 to 3 at the final break, the Stingrays stormed home to claim an impressive 8.5 (53) to 1.4 (10) victory.
The Northern Territory Thunder marked their first NAB League appearance of 2021 with a win over the Rebels. With just over a goal separating the two sides at three quarter time, the Thunder finished off as the better of the two to claim a 4.7 (31) to 1.3 (9) win.
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Perri King Vice-Captain: Georgia Wilson
The Geelong Falcons and Calder Cannons lead the way this week with three named players each. Tasmania, the NT Thunder, Dandenong and Gippsland are just some of the others that follow close behind as most sides this week are represented by two players.
The Captain of our Round Eight side is a product of the 'Apple Isle', with Perri King earning the honour after having another decent outing for the Devils. The Vice-Captaincy belongs to the dangerous forward from the Eastern Ranges, Georgia Wilson.
Headlining this week's attack are two Eastern Ranges' forwards who combined for seven goals during their Round Eight clash. Alyssia Pisano finished with three majors, and she is joined by this week's Vice-Captain Georgia Wilson who collected four goals.
Dangerous Devil forward, Amy Bissett, joins the side this week after booting three goals and collecting fifteen touches.
A Falcons duo calls this week's attack home, with Poppy Schaap and Mia Van Dyke joining forces. Poppy collected twenty-four touches and seven tackles, while Mia added two goals to her tally.
The final spot in the starting attack belongs to the Thunders' Ashanti Bush, who made her presence felt for the NT by kicking two goals, as well as collecting eleven disposals and four marks.
Rucking duties belong to Gippsland's Matilda Van Berkel, who collected a very impressive total of twenty-four possessions, four rebound 50s, three marks and two tackles.
This week's Captain finds herself in the middle, with Tasmania's Perri King earning the title after collecting twenty-two touches and eleven tackles during the Devils' Round Eight win.
One of the highlights of Round Eight was seeing two of the competition's best on-ballers go head to head. Georgie Prespakis collected twenty-six touches, six tackles and a goal while her Jets' opponent, Charlotte Baskaran finished with twenty-four disposals and seven inside 50s.
Another Cannons' product is named on the wing, with Zali Friswell joining the side after gathering twenty touches, eight tackles and a goal. The other wing is home to Dandenong's Charley Ryan, who finished with fifteen touches, three tackles and a major.
Making yet another Team of the Week appearance is Calder's Tahlia Gillard who finished with fourteen touches, four tackles and four rebound 50s during the Cannons win. Also continuing her run of appearances is Zoe Hill, whose performance for the Stingrays included fifteen disposals and five rebound 50s.
A familiar face finds herself at full back. The ever-reliable Northern Knights' defender, Tarrah Delgado, joins the team on the back of her seventeen touches and eight rebound 50s.
Another familiar face is found down back, with Annie Lee making the side after yet another impressive outing for the Falcons. Annie finished with seventeen touches, eight marks and four tackles.
Gippsland's Alexie Guy-Toogood joins the side this week on the back of her impressive display, which included twenty disposals, seven tackles and seven rebound 50s. The final spot down back belongs to Molly Walton from the Rebels, who impressed with eighteen touches and a remarkable total of eleven rebound 50s.
Continuing her strong season was Sandringham's Sofia Hurley, who holds her spot in our side after collecting nineteen touches, six rebound 50s and four tackles.
Adding some scoreboard pressure to this week's rotations is Teleah Smart whose Round Eight performance included fourteen touches, eight tackles and two goals--making it one of the better, well-rounded performances of this round.
The versatile Northern Territory product, Bella Clarke, joins this week's side after finishing the Thunders' win with thirteen touches, five tackles and a goal.
The final spot amongst the rotations belongs to Bendigo's Octavia Di Donato whose collection of nineteen touches and four marks sees her round up the starting side.
And the final two spots in our Round Eight NAB League Team of the Week belong to Oakleigh's Amanda Ling and the Rebels' Stella Bridgewater . Amanda collected seventeen disposals and three marks, while Stella finished with eighteen possessions and a goal.
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