NAB League Girls Team of the Week - Round Six
The weekend's action saw three matches decided by under a goal, while Sandringham collected 24 scoring shots while on their way to a club-record setting result.
The weekend's action kicked off with the Western Jets' resounding win over the Geelong Falcons, 7.13 (55) to 2.5 (17). Leading by a point at quarter time, the Jets stormed away with 4 unanswered goals during the second term to break the game wide open. Ham, Baskaran and Skenderis were all impressive for the Jets, as was Russell in the ruck. Meanwhile, for the Falcons, the continued performance of young defender, Sara Howley, was a rare highlight from the weekend.
A Jessica Fitzpatrick goal in the final quarter proved to be the difference-maker during the Northern Knight's thrilling win over the Murray Bushrangers, 4.2 (26) to 3.7 (25). Parnell, Jordan, and Beatty were all impressive for the Knights. The Bushies had the usual quality service from Goldsworthy, Skepper, and Hamilton. However, to add a further blow, the Bushrangers lost Olivia Cicolini to injury, which at the time she had already collected a goal and 4 tackles.
The Oakleigh Chargers managed to keep the Greater Western Victoria Rebels at arm's length during their hard-fought win, 6.4 (40) to 3.7 (25). Fleming was influential, while Mahony and Tallariti were also strong contributors. For the Rebels, Condon and Walton were standouts, while Meier had a well-rounded display. But ultimately, the Rebels couldn't break down the Chargers.
The Calder Cannons just managed to hold on against a fast-finishing Bendigo Pioneers outfit, 6.5 (41) to 5.6 (36). After kicking 3 unanswered goals in the first term, the Cannons, who were well-supplied by Sutton, Manfre and Gaylor, had to fend off the Pioneers who piled on 2 unanswered goals in the final term. Di Donato and Ryan were impressive for Bendigo, but it wasn't enough to clutch the win.
The top of the table clash between the undefeated sides of Dandenong and the Eastern Ranges did not disappoint as the game came right down to the wire. Trailing in the final term, Shepherd and Crank struck with 2 goals in 3 minutes to help the Stingrays over the line, 5.5 (35) to 5.3 (33). Deed was amazing for the Ranges, as was Pisano, while Ryan and Eardley were some of the standouts for the victors.
Sandringham Dragons set a new club record as they thrashed the Gippsland Power, 18.6 (114) to 2.3 (15). The Dragons showed no mercy as they booted 10 unanswered goals during the opening half, with Barbakos and Zielinski doing a lot of damage up forward. As for the Power, young Ash Centra offered a highlight with her great display of 18 touches and a goal.
Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Bridget Deed
Vice-Captain: Jasmine Fleming
Unsurprisingly, a Dragon duo is named up forward this week after their side set a club record. Making the most of their chances, Zoe Barbakos kicked 4 goals from 14 touches, while Mia Zielinski kicked 3 majors from her 14 disposals.
Centre half-forward is home to the Jets' Caitlin Sargent, who was a huge presence up forward for the victorious Jets. In total, Sargent slotted 3 goals, had 12 touches, took 5 marks and laid 3 tackles.
Joining Sargent up forward is fellow Jet, Kasey Maddock, who also enjoyed their big win on the weekend through her collection of 13 touches, 2 tackles, and 2 straight goals
Teegan Williams makes her first appearance in our Team of the Week series and it was well-earned. Playing her best game of the year for Bendigo, Williams was involved with most things that were good, finishing with 14 touches, 5 tackles, and 3 straight goals.
Rounding out this week's attack is young Isabella Parnell from the Northern Knights. Quite simply, Parnell played well, finishing with 18 touches and a goal.
Rucking duties belong to Geelong's Keeley Hardingham who, despite not getting the result she would have hoped for, should be proud of her 28 touches, 10 hit outs, 6 marks and 6 tackles.
Holding the captaincy for this week, Bridget Deed showed why the Hawks swooped on the chance to sign her. Deed was everywhere, finishing with a match-high of 35 disposals, 5 marks and 4 tackles.
Rounding out the on-ball brigade is Bendigo's Octavia Di Donato, who was at her usual high standards on the weekend - finishing with 24 touches, 5 tackles, and 2 marks.
Calling the middle home is the Bushrangers' Zarlie Goldsworthy, who continues to amaze spectators during her first year in the NAB League. Goldsworthy gained 26 touches, 9 marks and 6 tackles, as well as a goal.
Dandenong's Charley Ryan was a standout performer while facing off against a standout side. Certainly playing a part in the thrilling win, this exciting Stingrays' prospect impressed with 25 disposals, 5 marks, and a goal.
Some days a player has a quiet game, other days they'll have a performance like this week's vice-captain, Jasmine Fleming. Fleming was fantastic for the Chargers, finishing with 24 touches, 4 marks and 3 goals - which makes it a contender for her best game of 2022.
Named at centre halfback is the Eastern Ranges gun performer, Mia Busch, who amazed with 26 touches, 8 marks, 7 tackles and 5 rebound 50s. Although the Ranges didn't win, they would've lost by more if it wasn't for her.
Holding her spot in the side is young Falcons' defender, Sara Howley, who backed up last week's week's display with arguably one of her best yet. Round 6 saw Howley impress with 21 touches, 9 marks and 5 tackles - making it a rare highlight on the weekend for Falcons fans.
Calder's Lily Bateman makes an appearance this week, with the young Cannon collecting 14 touches, laying 7 tackles, and being responsible for 4 rebound 50s.
Laura Elliot, from the Western Jets, finds herself down back this week after having 16 touches, 4 marks and 4 rebound 50s during her side's massive win.
Oakleigh's Erin Woodford just keeps on playing her role, and it has seen her become a regular in our Team of the Week. This week Woodford was at her usual best by collecting 16 touches, 10 rebound 50s, and 3 marks.
Sandringham's Pia Staltari joins the side after having a great game across the board. Playing her part in the big win, Staltari had 15 touches, 5 tackles, and kicked 2 goals.
The second ruck is Mia Austin, who continues to be a force around the ground and in front of the goals. Round 6 saw Austin add 2 more goals to her tally, as well as a nice total of 16 disposals and 11 hit outs.
Bushrangers' Zara Hamilton continues to have a standout year. This time Hamilton had 23 touches and, arguably more impressively, she laid 10 tackles.
Rebels ball-magnet, Lilli Condon, makes the rotations this week after having her usual brilliant impact on her side. Condon was a huge presence thanks to her Round 6 collection of 27 disposals, 12 tackles, and a goal.
Unlucky not to be a starter this week is Calder's Reese Sutton, who was outstanding for the Cannons. In total, Sutton's standout display included 23 disposals, 10 tackles, and a goal.
Rounding out the Team of the Week is the Rebels' Molly Walton, who was a standout for the side on the weekend. Walton had 29 touches, 6 marks and 4 tackles - which makes it a resounding performance by the 17-year-old.
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