NAB League Girls Team of the Week - Round One
It’s finally back. The NAB League Girls competition has returned for season 2022 and it has brought with it a brilliant display of action for Round One.
Saturday’s matchups saw the Eastern Ranges kick off their premiership campaign with a 23-point win over the Calder Cannons, 5.8 (38) to 2.3 (15). The Ranges fast start, which saw them kick the opening 3 majors of the game, saw them cruise past the Cannons who suffered from 3 goalless quarters.
The Tassie Devils and Sandringham Dragons clashed in what is our pick for the game of the round. The Dragons, who despite having 9 more scoring shots than the Devils, only led by 4 points at the main break. However, despite battling inaccuracy, the Dragons managed to hold a similar buffer at the final siren, winning 2.13 (25) to 3.4 (22).
A high-scoring affair between the Murray Bushrangers and the Bendigo Pioneers ended in a 37-point victory in favour of the Bushrangers, 13.10 (88) to 7.9 (51). The Bushies trailed at quarter time; however, they would go on to kick 10 goals to 3 in the remaining 3 terms to claim a handy Round One win.
The Greater Western Victorian Rebels didn’t show much mercy to the Gippsland Power, with the Rebels storming to a 9.7 (61) to 0.2 (2) victory. The Rebels conceded 4 more inside 50s than their counterparts but, as the final score suggests, they rebounded throughout the day to claim a landslide win.
A dominant 4-goal term by the Oakleigh Chargers helped set up a hard-fought 26-point win over the Northern Knights, 8.6 (54) to 4.4 (28). The Chargers were losing during the early stages of the second term but back-to-back goals by Kristen Smith within minutes of each other helped turn the tide in the favour of the victorious Chargers.
Starting the season off with a bang was the Dandenong Stingrays, who rounded out the first week of NAB League Girls action in 2022 with a big win over the Geelong Falcons, 10.10 (70) to 3.3 (21). Also kicking off the year with a bang was Amber Clarke, whose 5-goal haul was a highlight of the Stingrays impressive win.
Scroll down to see the team plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Zarlie Goldsworthy
Vice-Captain: Amber Clarke
Headlining this week’s attack is Dandenong’s Amber Clarke, whose 23 touches, 5 goals and 4 tackles was a standout during the Stingrays’ big win. This effort, which sees her currently lead the league goalkicking, has earned her the vice-captaincy of our Round One side.
Kristen Smith, who was a deciding factor in the Oakleigh Chargers’ win, joins our attack after collecting 19 touches, 4 goals and 2 marks. The opposite pocket is home to India Lehman, a Bushranger that hails from the capital, who registered 4 goals from her 8 disposals.
An exciting Dandenong prospect, Emily Shepherd, kicked off her year in great fashion with a display that included 17 disposals, 3 tackles and a goal. Alongside her is the Rebels’ Paige Scott, whose efforts amounted to 12 touches, 3 marks and 2 goals.
The final spot in the starting attack belongs to the sole Bendigo Pioneer in our Round One side, Drew Ryan. Drew hit the ground running in 2022, typified by her 16 touches, 4 marks, 4 tackles and 2 goals.
The centre is home to the captain of our Round One side, Zarlie Goldsworthy, who was certainly worth her weight in gold for the Bushrangers. Zarlie started her year with an outstanding display that included 33 touches, 5 marks and 4 goals.
Calling the wing positions home is Sunday Brisbane and Claire Ransom. Sunday had a stellar showing for the Power despite her side’s result by collecting 21 disposals and 3 tackles. Similarly, Claire’s weekend with the Devils included 21 touches and 7 tackles.
Zara Hamilton, one of the Bushrangers from north of the border, enjoyed a strong display on the weekend. The on-baller gathered 29 disposals, 5 marks and 4 tackles.
Joining Zara amongst the followers is Bridget Deed, whose performance was one of the best of the round. The Eastern Ranges’ rover collected 36 touches, 7 tackles and a goal.
Rucking duties for our Round One side belong to the Greater Western Victoria Rebels’ ruck, Kalani Scoullar. Kalani added 4 tackles to her total of 28 hit outs, which is the highest total of the round.
Charlotte Taylor was busy for the Oakleigh Chargers during Round One. We hope to see this talented defender continues from where she left off last weekend as she finished with 20 disposals, 9 tackles and 3 marks.
The back flanks are home to fellow Charger, Alexandra McCoulloch, and the Knights’ Tannah Hurst. Alexandra collected 12 disposals, 5 rebound 50s and 2 tackles while Tannah had 18 disposals and 5 rebound 50s to her name.
Sandringham’s inaccuracy nearly cost them during Round One, so we are sure they are thankful to have had Georgia Foran down back. The Dragon defender wracked up 16 disposals and 4 marks – which equated to 11 rebound 50s.
A familiar named Cannon's player joins the back 6 with Kasey Lennox making an appearance as the sole Calder player this week. Despite not getting the result that she would have hoped for, she can find some comfort in her 11 disposals and 6 rebound 50s.
Young and exciting Falcons’ defender, Johanna Sunderland, made herself known in the blue and white thanks to her 17 touches and 7 rebound 50s. A highlight during what was an otherwise tough day for Geelong.
The rotations are home to Isabelle Khoury, who was one of several standouts for the Eastern Ranges thanks to her 23 touches and 10 tackles.
Adding some attacking finesse to the backup brigade are Ruby Stephens and Meghan Gaffney. Ruby proved to be dangerous for the Rebels, finishing with 14 touches, 3 marks and 2 goals while, for the Devils, Meghan gathered 18 disposals and 8 tackles.
Rylie Wilcox was impressive for the Knights she was unlucky to be a starter since she collected 24 disposals, 6 marks and 3 tackles.
Speaking of unlucky players that narrowly missed out on being starters. The final 2 spots in the side belong to the Power’s Alisha Molesworth who gained 15 touches and 7 tackles, and the Knights’ Ava Jordan, whose 27 disposals and 3 marks sees her top off our Round One MWM NAB League Girls Team of the Week.
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