NAB League Girls Team of the Week - Round Ten
The Race is Over: the NAB League Girls home and away season has come to a close but what a weekend of footy it had to bid its farewell.
The Calder Cannons survived a final quarter surge by the Oakleigh Chargers to claim a thrilling 1-point win, 5.5 (35) to 5.4 (34). Olivia Manfre kicked the Cannons sealer - while Woodley, Sutton and Gaylor were all impressive.
For the Chargers, Fleming added another amazing display to her growing list. Also impressive for Oakleigh was Taylor and Mahony. Both sides showed promise throughout the season, yet these two will have to watch the finals series from the sidelines.
Geelong Falcons head into their preliminary final clash on the back of a 31-point win over the Bendigo Pioneers, 9.11 (65) to 4.10 (34). Dowling and Howley were impressive around the ground in the blue and white - while McKee made the most of her chances with 2 goals.
Young Keck was a highlight for the Pioneers, as was Orritt and Richardson; yet after so much promise the Pioneers ended up falling short of a finals berth.
Only inaccuracy stopped the Gippsland Power from winning their first match of the season as they booted 5.12 (42) to the Northern Knights' score of 8.3 (51). Alisha Molesworth and rising forward Cenra were among the Powers' standouts.
The Knights found great supply through Wilcox and their rising youngster, Suwindi Buckley. This marks the second time in recent weeks that the Power came agonisingly close to ending their winless streak.
An Emi Shephard-inspired Dandenong Stingrays outfit defeated the Tasmania Devils by 34 points, 10.8 (68) to 3.10 (34). Shepheard was responsible for 5 of these 10 goals.
The Stingrays now head into the preliminary final in red hot form - and with a list that includes the likes of Clarke, Robinson and Crank - they can go all the way. As for the Devils, the performance of their rising star, Brooke Barwick, is a nice note to end their season on.
The Northern Territory Thunder were in town during Round Ten, and they celebrated their appearance with a hard-fought 1-point win over the Murray Bushrangers, 8.7 (55) to 9.3 (57).
Skepper, Hamilton, Hay, Lehman and Tayissa Gray were all outstanding for the Bushrangers - yet they couldn't overcome the Thunder who, with the likes of Whittaker, McWilliams and Perry, just managed to claim the nailbiting win.
They have done it; after starting the season off badly the Western Jets strung together win after win and now - after their 27 point win over the Eastern Ranges - have made the finals. Ironically, these two will meet in the preliminary final.
Sargent and Grieves were impressive up forward; while Ham and Baskaran were at their usual best around the ground. Khoury, Busch, McLaughlin and Knight were all good performers for the Ranges but it wasn't enough to combat the Jets, who look unstoppable at the moment.
The Greater Western Victoria Rebels ended their season with an 18 point win over the Sandringham Dragons, 7.3 (45) to 4.3 (27).
Scott was the standout of the match - while fellow Rebels in Jordan, Walton and Condon were also influential. Keeping her title as the Dragons' best was Hurley who, along with Staltari and Coyne, were Sandringhams' highlights.
Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Emi Shepherd
Vice-Captain: Keeley Skepper
Emi Shepherd is the captain this week and it is easy to see why. Finishing with 15 disposals, 5 marks and 5 goals to her name - Shepherd was simply influential for the Stingrays.
Joining her up forward is another classy teammate from the Stingrays, Amber Clarke. Clarke had 18 disposals - which all of them were kicks - as well as 3 tackles and a goal.
Lizzie Dowling was outstanding for the Falcons. Besides her total of 28 disposals - things seem to come in pairs for her - since she had 2 tackles, 2 marks and 2 goals.
At centre-half-forward is a Jet who has become an integral part of her side's lineup. This is of course Caitlin Sargent, who had another great game. This time her display included 11 touches, 6 marks and 3 goals.
Ash Centra, the rising Power forward, ended her season with a resounding performance. With 19 disposals and 3 goals - Centra is a player that is worth keeping an eye on for next season.
Nothing like a great performance to end the season - and that is exactly what is Paige Scott did. The Rebels' rising star had 21 disposals, 7 tackles, 6 marks and 3 goals, which makes it a nice season-ending display to get noticed by.
Rucking duties fall to Geelong's Keeley Hardingham. Heading into finals in great form, the standout ruck had 14 touches and 15 hit-outs on the weekend.
A pair of extremely talented Bushrangers join the on-ball division this week. Zara Hamilton ended the season in style by collecting 28 disposals, 6 tackles, and 2 goals - which makes it a performance that sums up her year.
The other Bushranger happens to also be our vice-captain this week, Keeley Skepper. Skepper had 30 disposals, 4 tackles and 2 goals to her name - making it one of the best well-rounded displays of the weekend.
The middle is home to Montana Ham, who certainly didn't do her draft potential any harm on the weekend. Finishing with 28 disposals, 9 tackles and 5 marks - this talented Jet continues to be a must-watch player.
One wing is home to an exciting Tasmanian prospect by the name of Brooke Barwick. Barwick was one of the major highlights for the Devils as the young gun racked up 17 touches, laid 4 tackles, and kicked a goal.
Rounding out the wings is Sandringham's Sofia Hurley, who continued to give Dragons' fans something to be proud of. Having had 29 touches, 5 tackles and a goal - she continues to stand as one of the league's best and most reliable players.
Ciaralii Parnell adds some NT talent to the starting side this week after she had 15 disposals, 6 rebound 50s, 5 tackles and 4 marks. We just wish we could see her in action in the league more often.
Not much is known about Suwindi Buckley from the Northern Knights - yet this prospect won't be flying under the radar for long after her weekend's display. In total, this 15-year-old had 19 touches and 8 tackles.
Joining her down back is fellow Knight, Georgia Tait, who makes her first appearance in our Team of the Week. Finishing with 14 disposals, 9 tackles and 5 rebound 50s - she's certainly put herself on our radar.
Another new name makes an appearance this week in the form of Oakleigh's Caitlin Matthews. Arguably playing her best match for the season, Matthews had 19 touches, 4 marks and 2 rebound 50s.
We have put the young Jets defender at full back this week; with Laura Elliot making another appearance in the side after another great display. This time she had 14 touches, 5 rebound 50s and a couple of tackles.
Keeping with the young gun defender theme, Ava Campbell joins the team this week after enjoying a strong display for the Eastern Ranges. In total, she had 16 disposals, 5 marks and 4 rebound 50s.
Adding some x-factor to the rotations this week is the Thunder's rising forward, Grace Whittaker. She made her presence in the NAB League felt by having 12 touches, laying 3 tackles and kicking 2 goals.
Continuing to be a standout is Calder's Reese Sutton, who reinforced this notion on the weekend by collecting 19 touches, 7 tackles and adding a goal to her season tally.
Unlucky not to be a starter this week is Grace Hay since she enjoyed a massive weekend in the Bushrangers' colours. In total, Hay had 28 disposals and 6 tackles.
Also unlucky is Sarah Howley since she played her best game yet for Geelong. The rising star had a match-high total of 28 disposals - making her a Falcon that is worth watching going forwards.
Alisha Molesworth, the young Power prospect, ended her season in style with 21 touches and 7 tackles. While Geelong's Analea McKee enters the finals series on the back of a great display that included 16 disposals, 5 marks and 2 goals.
Continuing to make a name for herself is Molly Walton, who had 24 touches, 6 tackles and a goal during the Rebels' season-closing win.
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