NAB League Girls Team of the Week - Round Six
Round Six sees the Swans swoop in on the competition, while the Giants also make their presence felt.
Thursday played host to the first match of Round Six, with Oakleigh, who were well supplied by Stella Reid once again, just managed to hold off Sandringham to win, 5.2 (32) to 4.2 (26). Saturday saw Tasmania defeat Dandenong, 6.3 (39) to 3.4 (22)--a game which saw the Stingrays nearly triple their score in the final term, but it was too little too late.
The main talking points of Saturday however was the performances from their neighbors up North. The Sydney U18 Academy and the GWS Giants U18 Academy both took part in Round Six--and both come out with victories.
The Giants took the biggest margin as they defeated the Murray Bushrangers, 7.13 (55) to 2.4 (16). They too the biggest winning margin but the Swans took the biggest scalp, as they defeated the ladder leading Falcons, 4.3 (27) to 2.2 (14).
Then Sunday saw the GWV Rebels manage to escape the Western Jets. The Rebels went scoreless in the final term but managed to win, 4.2 (26) to 2.5 (17). The Gippsland and Calder game wasn't as close, with the Cannons in control for majority of the match and winning, 7.13 (55) to 2.2 (14).
The final game of Round Six saw the Northern Knights storm home to beat the Eastern Ranges. Trailing by sixteen points at three quarter time, the Knights piled on four unanswered goals to win, 6.5 (41) to 5.3 (33).
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Tess Craven Vice-Captain: Chloe Leonard
The two rivals and new additions, Sydney and GWS, along with Tasmania and Geelong, lead the way with three named players each. However, it wasn't just the interstate and outer-Melbourne sides that impressed, as the reliable Chargers follow closely behind with two named players.
The captain of our Round Six Team of the Week is Geelong's Tess Craven, while Chloe Leonard earns the vice-captaincy after another impressive display with the Rebels.
Scroll down to see the small breakdown of this week's squad.
Finding herself on the half forward line is Sydney Swan, Jessica Doyle--who certainly lead by example during their statement-making win. She finished with a team-high total of nineteen possessions while she also had a big impact on the scoreboard with two goals.
Also finding herself on the half forward line is Geelong's Poppy Schaap, who finished off Round Six with twenty touches and five tackles. At centre half forward is Paige Scott, who impressed for the Rebels by collecting sixteen disposals, three tackles and two goals.
At full forward is Calder's Neve Crowley who adds more than enough scoring potential to our side. Neve was dangerous in front of goals, finishing with three majors, as well as four marks and three tackles.
Calling the two pockets home are two players that faced off against each other in a shoot out, as Eastern Ranges' Alyssia Pisano joins the Northern Knights' Trinity Mills. Alyssia finished with two goals, fifteen touches and four tackles, while Trinity collected two goals and seven disposals.
Rucking duties belong to GWS Academy player, Georgie Jacques. Georgie makes the side after collecting fifteen touches and two tackles during the Giants big win.
Joining her on-ball is this week's captain, Tess Craven. Despite the Falcons not getting the result they would've hoped for--they can at least be proud of Tess's display. In total, she finished with a game-high of thirty-one disposals which sits nicely alongside her six rebound 50s, five tackles and a goal.
The other on-baller is the reliable and exciting Stingray, Amber Clarke. Amber finished with a team-high tally of nineteen touches, and while she also booted one goal, she made many other chances for her teammates with nine inside 50s.
On the wing is AFL Canberra prospect and GWS Academy member, Jayde Hamilton. Jayde played a pivotal role in the Giants big win, finishing with a game-high twenty-four touches, as well as four tackles.
The other wing is home to Tasmania's Meghan Gaffney, who played her best Devils' match this season--finishing with an equal game-high of twenty disposals. She also managed to gather four tackles and three rebound 50s.
Separating the two wingers is Sydney's Ella Heads, who made her presence felt with nineteen touches, five rebound 50s and three tackles.
The ever-reliable Stella Reid headlines this week's backline. She makes the side yet again, this time thanks to collection of twenty-six touches, six marks and five rebound 50s. She is not the only Charger to make the defense, as Brooke Vickers makes the side on the back of her nine touches, five tackles and four rebound 50s.
Also named down back is Bushranger Grace Hay, who impressed with fourteen touches, seven rebound 50s and seven tackles. Geelong's Taiya Morrow also makes the Round Six side on the back of her twelve touches and four rebound 50s.
At half back is Sydney's Ruby Sargent-Wilson who also impressed for the red and white. Playing against quality opposition in the form of the Falcons, Ruby collected ten touches and five rebound 50s.
Named deep in defense is the consistent Tassie performer, Bri Oates. Helping keep the Stingrays damage to a minimum, she finished with ten touches, four rebound 50s and two tackles.
Named amongst the rotations is GWS Academy member, Hayley Macdonald who impressed with two goals and sixteen possessions. Equally impressive as usual was Jets' Charlotte Baskaran, who collected a team-high total of twenty-three disposals.
Our vice-captain for this week was very unfortunate not to be a starter, but her performance is still worth mentioning. Chloe Leonard finished the nail-biting Rebels' win with a game-high twenty-six touches, as well as a game-high total of ten tackles.
A familiar Calder name in Georgie Prespakis also makes the side after celebrating the Cannons' big win with twenty-nine disposals and five tackles.
Amongst the emergencies for this week is Tassie Devil, Ella Maurer. She made her presence felt on the score board with two majors, which sits nicely alongside her eighteen touches and six tackles.
The final spot in our Round Six Team of the Week belongs to Gippsland's Lily-Rose Williamson. Lily-Rose put together her best Power performance of 2021 by collecting nineteen touches, nine rebound 50s and seven tackles.
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