NAB League Girls Team of the Week - Round Five
Round Five sees Tassie continue their winning ways, the Dragons destroy, and the Chargers narrowly escape the Stingrays.
Round Five kicked off with what proved to be the game of the round, with Oakleigh beating Dandenong by the smallest of margins. The Chargers, who were well supplied by Stella Reid, started off as the better of the two sides as they led by two goals at the first break. But the Stingrays, who were equally as well supplied by their own Amber Clarke, fought back and were just two points down at the final break. However, the result would go the way of the Chargers, 4.2 (26) to 4.3 (27).
Then came the Bendigo and Tassie clash, and it looked as if the Pioneers would be the ones who would go onto record a big win--with Bendigo leading by two goals at the first break. Despite some wayward kicking, the Devils would fight back, and would lead by four points at the final break. Bendigo, who had not scored since the first term--would go scoreless in the final term, while the Devils piled on five majors to win, 7.11 (53) to 2.3 (15).
Finally, the Sandringham and Gippsland clash turned out to be the easiest one to call, as the Dragons flew out of the box to kick four first-quarter goals. Yet they refused to take their foot off the pedal as they kicked another eight goals during the final three terms, while managing to hold the Power to just two goals after quarter time to win, 12.6 (78) to 3.2 (20).
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Stella Reid Vice-Captain: Amber Clarke
Due to the small amount of matches played in Round Five, the players are for the Team of the Week are unsurprisingly more concentrated than usual. The Dragons lead the way with six players represented, closely followed by the Power with five, then the Stingrays, Chargers and Devils, all of whom have four named players.
The leaders of the Round Five Team of the Week played against each other, with Stella Reid gaining the captaincy, and Amber Clarke earning the vice-captaincy.
Headlining this week's attack are a duo of Dragons who combined for eight goals. Charli Murphy finished with five goals from nine touches, while her fellow teammate Ebony Angelopoulos finished with three goals from ten disposals.
Keeping with the duo theme, two Tassie Devils also make up the attack for this week, with Amy Bissett joining Maisie Edwards. These two Devils had rather equal performances as Amy finished with two majors and twelve touches, while Maisie collected one major and twelve touches as well.
Named along the half forward line is Bendigo's Elizabeth Snell who finished with an impressive total of twenty-one disposals, seven tackles, four marks, and she even managed to add to her goal tally with one major.
The final spot up forward belongs to Felicity Crank, who well-supplied the Stingrays with eleven touches, six tackles, and two marks.
Named on the wing is Sandringham's Tayla Jones, who collected fourteen touches and created some chances up forward with three inside 50s. On the opposite wing is Gippsland's Sunday Brisbane, who joins the side on the back of collecting thirteen touches, two marks and two tackles.
Named in the middle is our captain for this week, Stella Reid. Continuing to put her hand up for the draft, Stella finished Round Five with a game-high total of twenty-nine touches, as well as six tackles and four marks.
Rucking duties belong to Gippsland's Grace Master after she finished with seventeen disposals, two tackles, and of course, twenty-three hit outs--which was equal to her record from the previous week.
Named on-ball is Perri King after she impressed for the Devils with twenty-one touches--of which twenty were kicks. She also collected six tackles during their big Round Five win.
Also named on-ball is our vice-captain, Amber Clarke, who showed that she is a genuine threat when around the stoppages and around the goals. Continuing her impressive start to 2021, Amber finished with sixteen touches, seven tackles, and three goals--making her an obvious choice to be one of this week's leaders.
Similar to this week's attack, this week's defense also has a Dragon duo, with Emma Stuber joining Abby Thompson. Emma collected fifteen disposals and four tackles while Abby finished with an impressive eight rebound 50s from just ten touches.
Named at full back is a reliable Power defender in Matilda Van Berkel. She finished with strong total of seventeen touches, six marks and six rebound 50s. Brooke Vickers also impressed yet again for Oakleigh, this time she finished with fourteen touches, five tackles and five rebound 50s.
Two Stingrays make our backline for this week, with the familiar named Zoe Hill joining Jaide Anthony. Zoe was outstanding for Dandenong, finishing with seventeen touches and ten tackles, while Jaide managed a strong total of fourteen touches, four tackles and three marks.
Unlucky not to be a starter is Sandringham's Sofia Hurley, who seemed to be everywhere for the Dragons because she finished with a game-high of twenty-eight touches.
Also unlucky not to be a starter is an outstanding Power player in Grace McRae, who finished with eighteen touches and ten tackles.
Two very talented Chargers round out this week's rotations, with Charlie Rowbottom joining Taylah Morton. Both played well in the nail biting win, with Charlie finishing with nineteen touches, six tackles, and two goals--while Taylah gathered nine touches, eight tackles, and one major.
One of this week's emergencies is Gippsland's Yasmin Duursma, who impressed with twenty touches and seven tackles. Just as impressive was the performance of Claire Ransom who finished with twenty-three disposals, four marks and three tackles for the Devils.
The final spot in the Round Five Team of the Week belongs to Octavia Di Donato who played very well for the Pioneers, best shown through her total of seventeen touches, seven tackles, and one goal.
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