NAB League Girls Team of the Week - Round One
What a weekend of footy to welcome back the NAB League Girls competition. 328 days in the making, Round One saw the Devils make the winners list for the first time and in spectacular fashion.
Meanwhile, the Knights lost their first match in over two seasons, falling to the Chargers in a one-sided 1.2 (8) to 9.8 (62) clash. Strangely, the last time in Knights were not on the winners list was after their Round Two match in 2019 when they drew with Oakleigh.
The Eastern Ranges kicked off their 2021 season with a 4.6 (3) to 1.3 (9) win over the Western Jets while Bendigo defeated the Bushrangers, 7.7 (49) to 3.5 (23).
The two closer matches of Round One was the game between the Falcons and the Rebels, and the game match between the Cannons and Dragons.
The Falcons, who were just leading by three points at three quarter time, were able to hold off the Rebels to win, 5.8 (38) to 4.4 (28). Meanwhile, the Cannons overcame a goalless opening term to defeat the Dragons, 6.4 (40) to 3.6 (24).
The spots in the Team of the Week are judged purely by a player's performance during that round. Their playing positions are kept as similar to their starting position.
Captain: Charlie Rowbottom
Vice-Captain: Amy Prokopiec
Each team has been represented in our NAB League Girls Team of the Week with the Tassie Devils leading the way with four named players. Geelong, Calder and Oakleigh follow closely behind with three named players each.
Oakleigh's Charlie Rowbottom is the captain of our Round One side following her impressive performance during the Charges' 54-point win. Charlie finished the match with 28 disposals, five tackles and two goals, which is certainly a captain worthy display.
The vice-captaincy goes to Tassie's Amy Prokopiec who currently leads the competition in goals following her four goal haul during the Devils' 62-point win over the Power.
Scroll down to a small breakdown of this round's Team of the Week.
Five of the top ten current leaders in the goal kicking tally call our forward line home--spearheaded by this week's Vice Captain, Amy Prokopiec. Amy had seven disposals during the Devils massive win which resulted in four goals. Joining Amy up forward is a fellow Devils player in Amy Bissett, who booted two goals and had ten touches .
Also named up forward is a Pioneer duo, with Jayda Richardson and Elizabeth Snell both making the side after the two combined for four of Bendigo's seven goals. Elizabeth also collected an impressive total of eighteen disposals, ten tackles and three marks--while Jayda managed nine disposals and six tackles.
Calder's Best on Ground, Tahlia Gillard, who kicked one goal and collected twelve touches and six tackles, is also named up forward. The final spot up forward belongs to Amellie Smith, whose seven disposals resulted in three goals during the Chargers' massive win.
Calling the wings home in our Team of the Week is Calder's Ella Nickolaus and the Ranges' Keely Sherar. Ella, who was named as the Cannons' third best, collected seven touches and provided plenty of pressure with six tackles. Keeley finished the match with ten disposals, four tackles and two inside 50s.
Devils' young gun, Claire Ransom is named in the centre following her Best on Ground display which included thirteen disposals, two tackles and a goal.
Named on ball is a triple-threat of talent, with this week's Captain, Charlie Rowbottom joined by Gippsland's Matilda Van Berkel and Geelong's Tess Craven. Charlie collected twenty-eight disposals, nine inside 50s and five tackles--she also impacted the score line with two goals.
Matilda had a strong display during what was a tough day for the Power; she finished with seventeen hit outs, sixteen disposals and six tackles. Tess finished the Falcons win with twenty touches, five tackles and three marks.
Another Tassie Devil finds themselves in our Team of the Week, with Candince Belbin making the side following her eleven disposal, three tackle performance. Also named down in defence is a familiar Calder name in Kasey Lennox, who finished with eleven touches, four rebound 50s and three tackles.
Geelong's reliable rebounder, Annie Lee also finds herself in our backline following her standout performance which saw her collect thirteen disposals, six tackles, three marks and three rebound 50s.
Named at full back is the Northern Knights Best on Ground from Round One, Tarrah Delgado. Tarrah finished with thirteen disposals, three marks and three rebound 50s during what was a tough day for the Knights.
Sandringham's Pia Staltari also finds herself down back. Pia finished the match with an impressive total of fifteen disposals and six rebound 50s. The final spot in defence belongs to Cadhla Scmidli who collected fifteen disposals, thee marks and three rebound 50s for the Eastern Ranges.
This week's rotations include Chloe Leonard from the Rebels (21 disposals, 6 tackles), Chloe Locke from the Bushrangers (15 disposals, 5 rebound 50s), Charlotte Baskaran from the Jets (28 disposals, 11 tackles) and Geelong's Renee Tierney, who finished with twelve touches, six tackles and two goals.
Three very talented players make this week's side as emergencies; Stella Reid, Keeley Coyne and Grace McRae. Keeley finished the match with sixteen disposals and showed great tackling pressure with six tackles. Stella enjoyed an impressive display during the equally impressive win, finishing the match with twenty-five disposals, four tackles and two goals.
The final spot in the team belongs to Gippsland's Grace McRae who amassed an impressive total of twenty-two disposals, eleven tackles and a goal.
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