• Jayden J Bartlett

NAB League Girls Team of the Week - Round Three


Round Three sees the Ranges make a huge statement, the Falcons continue their unbeaten run, and the Knights rejoin the winners list.


Many people, us included, had a dreaded sense of deja vu when Round Two of the NAB League Girls season was postponed--but thankfully, we only had to wait seven days for footy to return instead of the three hundred days we had to sit through last year.


Seemingly, it looks as if some of the sides enjoyed having the weekend off as the Rebels, Knights, Falcons and Ranges all had big Round Three wins.


Oakleigh managed to overcome some inaccurate kicking to hold off the fast-finish Calder side to win, 6.8 (44) to 4.4 (28). Also continuing their unbeaten run was the more accurate Geelong outfit who brushed aside Bendigo.


But when it comes to accuracy the Eastern Ranges easily take the cake, thanks to their 19.3 (117) score line. Seven of these goals were kicked during the opening term while their opponents, Gippsland Power, only managed to register 0.3 (3).


The Rebels, spearheaded by Meier, Scott and Kissel, overcame the Murray Bushrangers in a strong 11.6 (72) to 4.4 (28) display. Meanwhile, the Northern Knights bounced back with a 10.6 (66) to 4.5 (29) win over Sandringham.


Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week plus a small breakdown of the named squad.

Captain: Alyssia Pisano Vice-Captain: Stella Reid


Once again, every team has been represented by at least one player in this week's side, with Eastern Ranges leading the way with five named players. Following closely behind are the Knights and the Rebels, both of which are represented by three players.


As for the leaders of this week's side, young gun forward Alyssia Pisano earns our captaincy following her four goal displays for the Ranges. The ever-reliable Oakleigh product, Stella Reid, earns the vice-captaincy following yet another standout game.

Forwards

Named at full forward of this week's side is this week's captain, Alyssa Pisano who gained fourteen touches and booted four goals during the Ranges' massive Round Three win. Joining her up forward is teammate, Matilda Hardy who also impressed with fifteen touches, five marks and a goal.


Gun Rebel small-forward, Tahlia Meier makes this week's side after booting two goals and collecting four tackles during her team's convincing win. In the opposite pocket to Meier is Sandringham's Ebony Angelopoulos who finished the Dragons win with two goals and two marks.


The final two spots belong to a valuable Geelong Falcon forward in Renee Tierney, who backed up last week's strong performance with three goals and twelve disposals, and Ella Smallacombe who finished the Knights win with a great total of thirteen disposals, four marks, three tackles and two goals.


Midfielders/Followers

Headlining this week's midfield is Oakleigh gun and this week's vice-captain, Stella Reid. She not only managed to back up her standout performance from Round One but she somehow surpassed it, finishing with twenty-four disposals, six marks and two goals.


Joining her on the opposite wing is Brooke Plummer from the Northern Knights who finished with sixteen touches and four marks, while also creating plenty of chances up forward with five inside 50s.


A skillful Stingray in Emily Shepherd calls the centre home following her standout display that included twenty-three disposals, six tackles and two goals. Familiar Jet young-gun, Montana Ham, also makes the side as an on-baller following her team-high collection of seventeen disposals and a game-high total of ten tackles--which sit nicely next to her two goals.


This week's ruck duties belong to Georgia Campbell who's performance for the Eastern Ranges included three goals, three tackles and twenty-five hit outs. She is joined by a Ranges teammate and on-baller, Bridget Deed, who also impressed with twenty-two disposals and five tackles while also hitting the scoreboard with two goals.


Defenders

Once again making part of our potent backline is Geelong Falcon rebounder, Annie Lee, who was named as their Best on Ground following her display of sixteen disposals, six marks, and four rebound 50s.


A Northern Knight defender duo are named deep in defense, with Tarrah Delgado and Tannah Hurst both making the side. Tarrah finished the match with nine disposals and six rebound 50s while Tannah collected seven touches, four marks and two rebound 50s.


Also calling our backline home is the second Best on Ground for the Jets, Kate Maxwell, who finished with six touches and three rebound 50s. Cadhla Schmidli also makes the side after collecting a team-high total of three rebound 50s for the Ranges--which no doubt helped keep their opponent goalless.


The final spot in defense belongs to Bushranger, Mindy Quade, who finished with twelve touches, five tackles, and a game-high total of seven rebound 50s.


Interchange/Emergencies

Calder Cannon prospect, Georgie Prespakis, makes the side following her strong performance which included twenty disposals and eighteen tackles. She is joined by Dandenong youngster, Amber Clarke, who finished with an impressive total of sixteen touches, two tackles and two goals.


This week's sole Power player, Matilda Van Berkel, makes the side after managing to impress despite the end result for her team. She finished with fourteen disposals, six marks and, in a sign of how the game was going for Gippsland, seven rebound 50s.


The final amongst the rotations belongs to a promising Rebel product in Paige Scott, who topped off their big win fifteen disposals, five marks, five tackles, and three goals.


This week's emergencies include the Rebel's Best on Ground, Lilli Condon, and the sole Pioneer in this week's side, Jayda Richardson. The latter of which finished with a team-high total of eleven touches while the former collected a total of twenty-four touches and three tackles.



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