• Jayden J Bartlett

NAB League Girls Team of the Week - Round Eight



Wild Weekend of Women’s Footy: Round Eight of the NAB League Girls competition was a round like no other.


Round Eight of the NAB League Girls competition was spread out, with the round’s 4 games being spread out across 5 days. However, while it was a long time between matches the wait was certainly worth it.


The wild weekend of footy kicked off with the highly anticipated clash between Western Jets and the Calder Cannons. The Jets and Cannons, sitting second and third in the Metro Conference respectively, both headed into this match on a 5-game winning streak – but it was the Jets who increased their streak to 6.


Defeating Calder by 17 points, the Jets managed to keep the Cannons at arm’s length throughout the match to set up the 5.10 (40) to 3.5 (23) win. Resse Sutton was amazing for the Cannons, as were the Jets' usual performers, Charlotte Baskaran and Montana Ham.



Sprinklers were the real winner during the Dandenong Stingrays clash with the Oakleigh Chargers since a premature appearance by them ended the match early. At the time of their surfacing, the Stingrays held a 6.7 (43) to 1.0 (6) lead – so this comprehensive lead meant they were declared as the winner.


Amber Clarke, Olivia Robinson and Charley Ryan were just some of the standouts for the Stingrays whereas the Chargers found great comfort in having Charlotte Taylor and Erin Woodford behind the footy. It is just a shame that the battle between the reigning premiers and the potential premiers had to be ended early.



The Eastern Ranges were let off lightly by the Tasmania Devils during the opening term of their game – and the Ranges made them pay. Kicking 0.6 (6) during the first quarter, the Devils’ costly kicking saw the Ranges storm ahead after quarter-time to win, 9.4 (58) to 3.9 (27).


Izzy Khoury was once again a highlight for the Ranges, while the Devils found some positives through the performances of Priya Bowering and Madison Brazendale.



A fast start by the Sofia Hurley inspired Sandringham Dragons ended in a 30-point win over the Ava Jordan inspired Northern Knights, 9.9 (63) to 5.3 (33). A battle within a battle, the match saw the current star of the league (Sofia Hurley) clash with the rising star of the competition (Ava Jordan).


There were plenty of other standouts, however, with Tarrah Delgado, Georgia Foran, and Mia Zielinski, all playing well for their respective sides.



Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.

Captain: Sofia Hurley

Vice-Captain: Ava Jordan


Players can have off-days, great days, and days like Sofia Hurley had for the Sandringham Dragons. Setting the example for her side, Hurley had a team-high in both disposals and tackles – making it a performance that is worthy of not only our Team of the Week captaincy but a callup to the top tier.


The vice-captain is another star in the making. Ava Jordan is the Northern Knights’ answer to Hurley or Baskaran – yet Jordan still has another season in the NAB League before she can leave for the top tier. Finishing with a round-high total of 35 disposals, there’s a lot to like about this exciting Knight.

 

FORWARDS:

The exciting prospect from Dandenong, Amber Clarke, makes an appearance this week after having a great day out on Thursday. The crafty and athletic midfield/forward had a well-rounded display that included 12 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles, and a goal – not bad for a display that was ended early thanks to the sprinklers.


Full forward is home to Sandringham’s Mia Zielinski, who had an equal game-high tally of 2 goals. The powerful and dangerous forward was also impressive with 19 touches ad 6 marks.


Eastern Ranges’ forward, Charli Granville, helped her side over the line with a game-high tally of 3 goals. It seemed to have been a game of 3s for Granville because she also finished with 3 marks and 3 tackles.


Joining Granville is another Ranges prospect, albeit one that is slightly out of position, with Izzy Khoury joining the side after having 21 touches, laying 7 tackles, and kicking a goal. Sitting with an average of 22 touches and 6 tackles a match – it is safe to say that Khoury is one of the league’s most consistent standout players.


There’s a new Tasmanian forward in town, with Priya Bowering kicking a career-high 2 goals during the Devils clash with the Ranges. This promising 15-year-old didn’t just hit the scoreboard either as she had 17 touches and 9 tackles.


A 17-year-old Jets forward rounds out this week’s attack. Kiera Leare, an often-underrated goal sneak, had a huge impact on the Jets during their sixth straight win as she collected 14 touches, laid 3 tackles, and kicked a game-high tally of 2 goals.



MIDFIELDERS/FOLLOWERS:

Rucking duties fall to Krystal Russell, with this Western Jets’ tall standing as one of our picks for being among the top 3 best rucks in the league. Her display was once again a classical ruck performance as she finished with 27 hit outs and 3 tackles to her name.


Continuing her string of standout displays during Round 8 was Charlotte Baskaran. The Western Jets’ product had 25 touches, 4 tackles and a goal – which reinforces her position as one of the league’s finest players.


Sofia Hurley, this week’s captain, stands as the toast of the competition after having an incredible game on the weekend. Hurley finished with a team-high total of 32 touches to her name, as well as a team-high total of 10 tackles and an equal game-high tally of 2 goals. It is one of those displays where the more you look at it, the better it gets.


Named in the middle is Calder’s star prospect, Reese Sutton, who enjoyed an amazing display on Thursday. This crafty midfielder finished with 26 disposals, of which 22 were handballs, while also managing to lay 8 tackles and kick a goal.


Tasmanian winger, Madison Brazendale, makes her debut for our Team of the Week after collecting 24 touches and 7 tackles for the Devils. It was a performance that sits as one of the main highlights of the Devils’ weekend.


The other wing is home to our vice-captain from the Northern Knights, Ava Jordan. An extremely exciting prospect for Victorian football, Jordan was a highlight of the weekend with her round-high total of 35 touches that sit very nicely alongside her 7 tackles and 3 marks.


DEFENDERS:

A reliable duo of Chargers’ prospects calls this week’s backline home. Erin Woodford and Charlotte Taylor did their best against their ladder-leading opponents. Woodford was impressive, finishing with a game-high total of 17 disposals to go with her 8 rebound 50s and 3 tackles. Taylor was also terrific with 14 touches and 14 tackles.


Sitting at centre-half-back is the well-known Dandenong defender, Mackenzie Eardley. Eardley is a highly promising prospect – and her efforts this round reinforced that notion. Marshalling the defence, she had 13 disposals and 8 tackles.


Deep in defence is the well-known defender from the Knights, Tarrah Delgado. Delgado was at her usual best, finishing with 18 disposals to go along with her 3 marks and 3 tackles.


Named near her is an opponent of hers who played in the same match; with Sandringham prospect, Georgia Foran, making her return to the side after impressing with 16 touches, 7 rebound 50s, and 3 marks.


Exciting Jets’ defender, Lou-Lou Field, continues to impress in defence and Round 8 was another example of that. Having had 13 disposals and 10 tackles, Field sits as one of the competition’s most exciting young defenders.



INTERCHANGE/EMERGENCIES:

Charlotte Blair was the definition of forward pressure for Dandenong during Round 8. Collecting 12 touches and 8 tackles, this super Stingray was unlucky not to be a starter this week.


Having yet another great display for the Eastern Ranges was Mia Busch, with the young gun collecting an equal team-high total of 21 disposals to go along with her 7 tackles and 2 marks.


Sandringham’s Keely Coyne was another highlight from the Dragons weekend. The exciting yet often overlooked young gun was impressive. In total, Coyne had 22 touches, laid 8 tackles, and kicked a goal.


Calder’s Heidi Woodley joins this week’s rotations, and she brings with her a silky skillset. This promising Cannons performer had 21 touches, laid 3 tackles, and kicked a goal during Thursday’s match.


Ruby O’Dwyer had a strong outing for the Eastern Ranges. This reliable performer had 19 touches, kicked a goal, and had a couple of tackles.


Rounding out the MWM NAB League Girls Team of the Week is a promising Knights player who flies under the radar constantly. Suwindi Buckley, at just 15 years of age, put together another decent display that included 8 disposals, 8 tackles, and a goal.



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