NAB League Girls Team of the Week - Round Three
There were plenty of great goal-kicking displays during Round Three of the NAB League Girls competition.
The first match of the round, the clash between Sandringham and the Eastern Ranges, set the weekend’s theme as Wilson, Zielinski and Austin combined for 10 goals between them. Individual efforts aside, the Ranges, who were trailing by a point at three-quarter time, stormed home with 4 final quarter goals to win, 9.5 (59) to 7.4 (46).
Inaccuracy hurt the Devils during their 11-point loss to the Chargers, 2.9 (21) to 5.2 (32). Tasmania went goalless during the opening term, but it was not from a lack of trying as they wracked up 5 first-quarter behinds. On the other hand, Oakleigh was able to keep their noses in front to claim a hard-fought win.
A second-quarter surge saw the Western Jets join the winners' list after defeating the Northern Knights, 5.8 (38) to 3.5 (23). Leading by just 2 points at the first break, the Jets broke away during the second term with 4 unanswered goals and, although they wouldn’t kick any more majors after this, they did enough damage to claim the win.
Dandenong continued their unbeaten run with a 32-point win over Bendigo, 12.5 (77) to 7.3 (45). Anthony and Butterworth combined for half of the Stingrays goals – while Amber Clarke continued her strong start to 2022 with the type of impressive performance that we’ve come to expect from her.
Zara and Zarlie were busy during the Murray Bushrangers win over the Rebels, 3.4 (22) to 2.2 (14). Butting heads throughout the match – the Bushrangers managed to narrowly break away after halftime to claim victory.
The Falcons booted 4 unanswered goals during the opening term to all but seal their 70-point thrashing of Gippsland Power, 15.11 (101) to 4.7 (31). McKee and Dowling combined for 9 goals alone, as Geelong got their season well and truly back on track with the biggest win of Round Three.
Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Mia Austin
Vice-Captain: Analea McKee
The Eastern Ranges ruck/forward and our pick as the Round Three captain, Mia Austin, was outstanding on the weekend. Proving to be a threat when in front of the goals and around the stoppages, Austin finished with 26-hit outs, 15 touches and 7 tackles – which sit nicely alongside her tally of 3 goals.
A pair of Falcons that were fantastic on the weekend also join the attack, with Lizzie Dowling holding her spot in the side while Analea McKee, our pick for vice-captain, also makes the team. Dowling collected 13 touches and kicked 4 goals – making it 9 goals from the last 2 rounds. McKee was equally impressive, finishing with 18 touches, 8 marks and 5 goals.
The Western Jets joined the winners' list in Round Three, while Caitlin Sargent held her spot in the front 6 after another strong outing. This time Sargent had 14 touches, laid 6 tackles and kicked 2 majors.
Rounding out the forwarding is Dandenong’s Jaide Anthony, who was impressive again thanks to her total of 16 touches, 6 marks and 3 goals, and Gippsland’s Ash Centra, who was a rare highlight for the Power on the weekend with her collection of 16 disposals, 5 marks and 2 goals.
Rucking duties fall to Krystal Russell, who helped provide the Jets with the first look at the footy during their much-needed win. Russell wracked up 23 hit-outs, had 10 touches, and laid 3 tackles.
Joining her on-ball is fellow a Jet in Charlotte Baskaran, who has continued her amazing start to the new year by finishing with a round-high total of 38 touches to go along with her goal and 5 tackles.
Likewise, Zarlie Goldsworthy has continued her amazing start to NAB League Girls footy. Goldsworthy’s Round Three display is certainly gold star worthy (pun intended) since she finished with 25 touches, 12 tackles and a goal.
The centre of the ground is home to Oakleigh’s Jasmine Fleming, who was a standout Charger thanks to her 29 touches, 11 tackles and 4 marks.
The wings are home to Grace Purcell, who collected 23 touches, 5 tackles and a goal during the Falcons big win, and the well-known name of Sofia Hurley also makes an appearance thanks to her total of 25 disposals and 16 tackles.
Gippsland’s Ella Stoddart holds her spot in the side after making the most of a one-sided clash. Facing off against quality opposition, Stoddart had 20 touches, 7 rebound 50s and 6 tackles.
Meanwhile, also impressive once again was Jaime Lee Speakman who caused headaches for the opposition. The consistent Rebel stood out with her 20 touches, 9 marks and 8 rebound 50s.
Well-known defender, Tarrah Delgado, also continued her great start to 2022 by once again being a valuable member down back for the Knights. In total, Delgado finished with 18 touches and 9 rebound 50s.
Continuing her run of Team of the Week appearances is Georgia Foran, who once again was a great defender for the Dragons with 14 disposals and 10 rebound 50s.
Tasmania’s Amy Prokopiec had 13 touches, 4 marks and 5 rebound 50s – making it an all-around decent display by the Devils’ defender. Likewise, young Jets defender, Lou-Lou Field was a strong contributor for the blue and yellow thanks to her 16 touches, 3 tackles and 4 rebound 50s.
Bridget Deed continues to be a solid performer for the Ranges. The prospect this time had a game-high total of 27 touches and laid 11 tackles. Fellow star Ranges’ player, Izzy Khoury, was also impressive with 22 disposals and 5 tackles.
Oakleigh has found a new talented forward with Kristen Smith once again hitting the scoreboard. The NAB League Girls rookie kicked 2 majors and laid 4 tackles. Bendigo’s Lucia Painter was also dangerous with her 20 touches, 8 tackles and 2 goals.
Sophie Butterworth proved to be a highly economical forward on the weekend as she scored 3 goals from her 4 kicks. Eastern Ranges’ Georgia Wilson was also impressive in front of the sticks, finishing with 4 goals from 8 tackles along with a total of 6 tackles.
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