NAB League Girls Team of the Week - Round Five
Round 5 was for the forwards: there were multiple big bags kicked over the weekend as teams battle it out for finals spots.
The Eastern Ranges started the high-scoring theme of the round when they defeated the Oakleigh Chargers, 12.4 (76) to 2.2 (14). Recently making Hawthorn history, Bridget Deed was at her usual best for the Ranges while her partner in crime, Izzy Khoury, was also a standout. Lucy Cronin’s performance was a highlight for the Chargers, with the young forward kicking both, and all, of her team’s goals.
Chloe Adams, Grace Purcell, and Analea McKee were all standouts during the Geelong Falcons 40-point win over the Greater Western Victoria Rebels, 11.4 (70) to 4.6 (30). The Rebels found some strong contributors in Lilli Condon, Paige Scott and Kalani Scoullar, but the side was just unable to match it with the Falcons, who have well and truly got their season back on track.
Young Devil, Georgia Clark, is the toast of the apple isle at the moment after her incredible performance during the Tasmania Devils' 26-point win over the Northern Knights, 6.7 (43) to 2.5 (17). Booting 4 goals, Clark helped the Devils see out the Knights, who themselves were well supplied Ava Jordan, Ella Smallacombe, and hard-tackling youngster, Suwindi Buckley.
A very late goal by Kyla Forbes saw the Calder Cannons beat the Murray Bushrangers in a thriller, 7.4 (46) to 6.4 (40). Keeley Skepper, Cassidy Mailer, and Zarlie Goldsworthy were all standouts for the Bushrangers, while Amy Gaylor and Ellie Sbeghen helped the victorious Cannons over the line.
A second-half surge saw the Western Jets keep their fine form going with a 25-point win over the Sandringham Dragons, 8.3 (51) to 3.8 (26). There were great clashes all over the ground, with Charlotte Baskaran and Sofia Hurley going head-to-head, while Montana Ham and Bridie Hipwell also stood out for their respective sides.
Octavia Di Donato, Lila Keck, and Lucia Painter were all dangerous during the Bendigo Pioneers thumping win over the Gippsland Power, 15.9 (99) to 4.2 (26) Young Power defender, Ella Stoddart, was once again a highlight for Gippsland during their lacklustre affair, Likewise, Indiana Makai wrapped up her chances, and Yasmin Duursma also tried her best against a sturdy Bendigo outfit.
Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Georgia Clark
Vice-Captain: Lila Keck
This week’s captain, and the toast of Tassie, Georgia Clark, sits proudly at centre half-forward after booting 4 straight goals from her 21 disposals. The standout Devil youngster also had 8 marks and 6 tackles, which makes it an overall excellent display.
Our other leader for Round 5, Bendigo’s Lila Keck, also makes an appearance up forward after having an amazing weekend. Keck kicked 3 goals which, along with her 22 disposals and 8 tackles, makes it a brilliant weekend for the Pioneers’ prospect.
Young Alyssia Pisano makes an appearance this week after putting on a goal kicking clinic for the Eastern Ranges. Pisano played brilliantly up forward, typified by her 12 touches, 4 marks, and 4 goals.
Joining her in the attack is fellow Ranges player, the ruck/forward Mia Austin, who impressed with a 3-goal haul, her second in 4 weeks. Not stopping there, Austin also collected 16 hit outs, had 13 disposals, and laid 7 tackles.
Geelong’s Analea McKee once again made her presence felt in front of the big sticks. This time McKee kicked 3 goals to go along with her 18 touches and a game-high total of 8 marks.
Paige Glover rounds out this week’s attack after enjoying a great game for the Rebels, despite the result for her side. Glover kicked 3 goals, which is the majority of the Rebels score, while also having had 13 touches and 8 tackles.
Rucking duties fall to Western Jets’ tall, Krystal Russell, who had her signature impact in the contests for her victorious side as she finished with a match-high total of 36 hit outs.
Joining her on-ball is fellow Jet, Charlotte Baskaran, who continues to be one of the first names on our Team of the Week sheet. Baskaran was simply brilliant, finishing with 26 touches, 9 tackles, and she also added to her goal tally with a goal.
Zarlie Goldsworthy has proven that her impressive displays are far from rare as, at the halfway point of the season, she continues to average over 25 touches a match. Her Round 5 display was slightly under par with 23 touches, yet she set a new personal best with 13 tackles, and also added a goal to her season tally.
Joining her in the side is fellow Bushranger, Keeley Skepper, who was outstanding. In total, she finished with a game-high total of 32 touches, while also managing to collect 6 marks and lay 4 tackles.
Calling the centre home is Ava Jordan after she put on an impressive display for the Northern Knights. Jordan collected a game-high total of 31 disposals that sit proudly alongside her 7 tackles.
Bendigo youngster, Lucia Painter, has continued her amazing 2022 season with yet another great display. This time Painter’s performance included 23 touches, 13 tackles, and a goal – which all adds up to make her an exciting prospect.
Named on the half-back line is young Tasmanian, Mackenzie Williams, who enjoyed her second-straight week of great footy by collecting 13 touches, 3 tackles, and a couple of marks.
Alongside her is our centre halfback, the exciting first-year NAB League player, Ella Stoddart, who was continued to take the game by storm for the Power. This time the crafty defender had 10 touches and, more impressively, 7 tackles.
Deep in defence is the Northern Knights’ reliable back, Tannah Hurst, who reinforced that title on the weekend by having 14 kicks, 6 rebound 50s, and 4 tackles.
Making yet another appearance down back for our team is Oakleigh’s Erin Woodford, who continued her consistent run of performances in defence with 9 touches and 5 rebounds.
Young Sara Howley makes her debut for our Team of the Week after being a sturdy member of the Falcons’ winning side. Howley stood out, finishing with 16 disposals, 9 rebound 50s, and 5 marks.
The Western Jets continue their well-earned representation this week with a defender, Laura Elliot, making an appearance after she displayed 14 touches and 7 marks.
Joining the team as the second ruck is the Eastern Ranges’ Jacinta Hose, who impressed with a game-high total of 32 hit outs. As well as dominating in the air, she also finished with 11 disposals, 4 tackles, and a goal.
Geelong’s Grace Purcell had another amazing display on the weekend. The crafty Falcon this time had 19 touches, of which 13 were handballs, and she impacted the finals score with 2 straight goals.
A young prospect from the Western Jets, Sierra Grieves, makes her Team of the Week debut for us after having a solid day up forward. On the weekend, Grieves doubled her season’s goal tally with 2 majors, while also setting a personal best for this year with 9 disposals and 6 tackles.
Adding some forward finesse to this week’s rotations is Bendigo’s Emily Everist, who had 10 touches, laid 6 tackles, and hit the scoreboard with 2 goals. While Sandringham’s Sofia Hurley brings her usual high standards to the side on the back of yet another great display which this time included 24 touches and 9 tackles.
Calder’s Amy Gaylor has continued her run of recent form with another great display. Arguably her best display yet, she finished with 23 touches, 9 tackles and 2 marks.
In an exciting turn of events, the tight battle for positions and the performance of Chloe Adams made us add an extra to this week’s emergencies, with the young Falcon having impressed with 22 disposals, 4 marks and 2 tackles forcing us to bend the rules for our Round Five side.
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