NAB League Girls Team of the Week - Round Four
Round Four sees the Jets join the winners list for the first time during 2021, while the Knights and the Falcons continue their winning ways.
Continuing their winning streak into Round Four was Geelong who gradually pushed their way towards a 7.5 (47) to 3.5 (23) win over the Eastern Ranges. Meanwhile, the Northern Knights rushed the Power, booting a very accurate nine straight goals up to halftime--before steamrolling over the line to win, 13.4 (82) to 1.4 (10).
The Western Jets, who got plenty of promising signs from debutant Kensley Ward, piled on the goals during the second half to defeat the Bushrangers, 8.9 (57) to 2.5 (17), in what was the Jets first win of 2021.
Two of the more evenly matched games of the round saw Oakleigh just hold off the Tassie Devils by nine points, while just a single goal separated Calder from Bendigo.
The final match of Round Four was a little less evenly matched, with Dandenong booting eight unanswered goals after halftime to defeat the Rebels, 12.2 (74) to 2.2 (14).
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Megan Girolami Vice-Captain: Annie Lee
The Geelong Falcons lead the way with four named players in our Team of the Week. Followed closely by the Northern Knights and Dandenong Stingrays, both of whom have three players represented.
The leaders of the week are an outstanding forward and defender. First off, the captain of the Round Four side is Megan Girolami who put together the best performance by a forward thus far this season. The vice-captaincy goes to Geelong's Annie Lee who topped off a string of standout games with her best display thus far.
Scroll down to see the small breakdown of this week's squad.
Named on the half forward line is our captain for this week, Megan Girolami. Megan finished with four marks and two tackles--but what is truly special is the fact that, out of her nine kicks, six registered majors of the Knights.
A fellow Knight joins Megan in the forward line, with Trinity Mills joining the side after booting three goals and collecting fourteen disposals, four marks and two tackles.
Finishing with three goals, Dandenong's Ashleigh Richards makes the side after also collecting eleven touches during the Stingrays win.
Keeping her spot in the side is Geelong Falcon forward, Renee Tierney. Playing her part for the Falcons, she finished the match with nineteen touches, six marks, three tackles and two goals.
Making the side after impressing on her debut is young Western Jets product, Kensley Ward. Her highly anticipated debut certainly did not disappoint, and she did not look out of place as she finished with eleven touches, five tackles, and two goals.
Named deep in this week's forward line is young gun Devil, Georgia Clark. Georgia finished the Devils close loss with an impressive total that included twelve touches, five tackles and two goals.
Rucking duties belong to Georgia Campbell from the Eastern Ranges. With a team-high total of two goals, Georgia also made her presence felt around the ground with twenty-one hit outs, eleven touches and three marks.
On-ball is a familiar Geelong name in Tess Craven. Tess certainly left a mark on the match, having collected twenty-one touches, four marks and two tackles by the time the final siren sounded.
Also named on-ball is Calder's Georgie Prespakis. Georgie finished with a team-high total of twenty-four disposals while also laying five tackles and hitting the scoreboard with a goal.
Named in the middle is a standout power product, Grace McRae. Grace was an upside of an otherwise bad day for the Power as she finished with twenty touches and ten tackles. Alongside Grace is Charlie Rowbottom who continued her impressive start to 2021 by collecting twenty touches, seven tackles and a goal.
The final spot in the middle belongs to Mackenzie Eardley, who impressed for the Stingrays with her fifteen disposals, eight tackles, four marks and two goals.
At the opposite end of the other Knights to make this side is a reliable last line of defense, Tarrah Delgado. Tarrah finished the Knights big win with twelve touches, five rebound 50s and three marks.
Also named deep in defense is a proud Tasmanian product in Brianna Oates. Bri collected thirteen touches and three rebound 50s during the Devils nail-biting loss.
Named at half back is Western Jets leader, Leah Spargo. Leah celebrated the Jets first win of 2021 with nine disposals, six tackles and two rebound 50s. Also named along the half back line is Oakleigh's Brooke Vickers, who finished with fifteen touches, four tackles and four rebound 50s.
Holding her spot in the side, as she has all season, is Geelong rebounder Annie Lee. Playing her best game so far this year, she finished with a game-high total of twenty-two disposals. Along with this, she also gained ten rebound 50s and took eight marks, which makes it easy to see why she is our vice-captain for Round Four.
The final spot down back belongs to young gun Laura Stone, after she collected nine touches, six rebound 50s and two tackles for the Eastern Ranges.
Making the side this week is a Falcon that seemed to have an impact in two key areas. Putting immense pressure around the ball, Ash Van Loon finished with ten touches and amazingly, a total of fifteen tackles--the highest of the match.
Named amongst the rotations is a Pioneer that was unlucky not the be a starter, Jemma Finning. Jemma collected twenty touches, six tackles and six rebound 50s during an impressive Round Four display.
Also unlucky not to be a start is Perri King. Perri was on fire for the Devils, finishing with a game-high total of twenty-one disposals while also finding the time to lay nine tackles.
The final spot on the interchange belongs to a reliable Rebel performer in Chloe Leonard. Chloe collected nineteen disposals, six rebound 50s, five marks, and five tackles--making it one of the most well-rounded performances on this side.
Named as an emergency for this week was a very impressive Bushranger by the name of Keeley Skepper. Keeley collected twenty touches and six tackles during the Bushrangers defeat.
The final player in the back-up brigade is Charley Ryan, who played her role during the Stingray's big win by collecting thirteen touches, grabbing four marks and laying three tackles.
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