NAB League Girls Team of the Week - Round Two
Round Two of the NAB League Girls competition saw records smashed, familiar names shine and rookies impress.
Geelong won a nailbiter over the Murray Bushrangers, 8.9 (57) to 8.5 (53). The Falcons kicked 2 goals in the closing 2 minutes of the match to come from behind to claim their first win of 2022. The scores were locked at 44 apiece at the final change and, after a fourth term shoot-out, Elizabeth Dowling struck with the match-winner during the nineteenth minute.
Bendigo cruised to a 50-point win over the Greater Western Victoria Rebels, 9.8 (62) to 1.6 (12). The two sides were tied after the first quarter of play. However, throughout the remainder of the match, Pioneers went on to kick 8 more goals while holding the Rebels scoreless.
It was a good day to be a Stingray as Dandenong claimed the NAB League Girls’ record for the highest score and the biggest winning margin during its Round Two match against Gippsland. Showing no mercy, the Rays thrashed the Power, winning 22.17 (149) to 2.2 (14).
The Tasmanian Devils denied the Western Jets a perfect start to 2022 – with the Devils fast start helping to set up a 10.5 (65) to 5.4 (34) win. The Jets found some relief through Caitlin Sargent’s 4 majors – but a 6 goal to 1 opening half in the Devils favour was too much to come back from.
The Calder Cannons managed to get over the top of the Northern Knights, 6.2 (38) to 4.4 (28). Accuracy proved to be a huge difference-maker as the Cannons efficiency in front of goal helped them survive a final-quarter surge by the Knights.
Sandringham Dragons established themselves as a contender in 2022 with a hard-fought win over the reigning premiers Oakleigh, 5.15 (45) to 5.6 (36). Just 9 points separated the 2 sides at the final change despite Dragons having had 9 more scoring shots – but their inaccuracy didn’t come back to bite them as they instead claimed an impressive win.
Scroll down to see the team plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Charley Ryan
Vice-Captain: Sofia Hurley
Mindy Quade was a dangerous target up forward for the Bushrangers – snaring 4 goals from her 10 touches and 5 marks.
Then there was Amber Clarke, who has continued her amazing start to 2022 by kicking 4 goals – bringing her season tally to 9 majors from 2 matches. These goals sit quite nicely alongside the 23 touches and 4 marks that she also gathered.
At half forward is Lila Keck, who managed to make herself standout amongst a very dominant Bendigo outfit. Keck did some serious damage by collecting 23 disposals, laying 10 tackles, and booting 2 goals.
The Western Jets, although they didn’t get the win, would be happy with how Caitlin Sargent started the year. Sargent was invaluable up forward, kicking 4 of the Jets’ 5 goals.
The Falcons found a way to win in Round Two, and Elizabeth Dowling was a key factor in their thrilling victory. Finishing with 24 disposals – it seems that things came in 5 for Dowling as she took 5 marks, laid 5 tackles and, impressively, booted 5 goals.
The final spot in the starting attack belongs to the exciting Stingray prospect, Emily Shepherd, who continued to hold her spot in our side after her 26-touch 4-tackle display – which was further helped by a goal as well.
This week’s team captain, Charley Ryan, finds herself in the centre after putting on one of the better displays during Round Two. There seemed to be nothing that could stop the Stingray as Ryan ran a muck with 26 touches, 6 marks and, amazingly, she kicked 5 goals straight.
The competition for this week’s midfield sports has seen some regular on-ballers go to the outside on our side, with the Devils’ Claire Ransom finding herself on the wing after another great display. This time the young Tassie Devil gathered 25 disposals, laid 3 tackles, and kicked a goal.
Olivia Manfre, who finished with 21 touches and 7 tackles, was a valuable part of Calder’s Round Two win – best shown by her contribution of 2 goals.
Rucking duties belong to Geelong’s Keeley Hardingham, who helped give her Falcon teammates the first look of the footy thanks to her 23 hit outs. Outside of the ruck contests, she was also impressive, finishing with 15 touches and 5 tackles.
Charlotte Baskaran was back to doing what she does best during the Western Jets first game of 2022. The Jet finished with a round-high total of 32 disposals, while also adding a further 10 tackles to that impressive statistic.
This week’s vice-captain, Sofia Hurley, was a highlight during the Dragons thrilling win. The Sandringham product got to work by collecting a game-high of both touches (22) and tackles (12).
Making it 2 from 2 this year is Georgia Foran, who holds her spot in our back 6 after yet another impressive display for the Dragons. This time Georgia’s efforts included 20 touches, 13 rebound 50s and 4 marks.
The familiar named defender from the Knights, Tarrah Delgado makes an appearance this week after collecting 16 disposals, 8 rebound 50s and 7 marks. Joining her deep in defence is the Power’s Ella Stoddart, who made the most of what was a tough weekend for Gippsland by gathering 21 touches, 10 rebound 50s and 3 tackles.
Young Falcon, Johanna Sunderland, has continued her strong start to the season by once again shining in the blue and white – this round she collected a strong total of 22 touches and 8 rebound 50s.
Oakleigh’s Erin Woodford was impressive for the Chargers. Her total of 14 touches, 5 rebound 50s and 4 marks was a defensive highlight for the side that fell just short during Round Two.
The final spot down back was well earnt by Jaimie Lee Speakman who was a standout for the Rebels. Being under the pump for most of the match, Speakman managed to make the most of it by finishing with 17 disposals, 6 marks, 5 rebound 50s and 3 tackles.
Young Tasmanian Devil, Georgia Clark, is a welcomed addition to this week’s side. Playing her best game of the year thus far, Clark collected 21 touches, laid 6 tackles, took 4 marks, and kicked 2 goals.
Lilli Condon had her usual effect on the Rebels, with the promising prospect seemingly having the ball on a string as she racked up 29 touches and put the pressure on by laying 8 tackles.
Exciting Stingray, Jaide Anthony, was another one of the many standouts during Dandenong’s Round Two victory. The prospect made herself known, best shown through her total of 26 touches, 4 marks and a goal.
Zarlie Goldsworthy, in just her second game of NAB League Girls footy, has once again made the Team of the Week. Goldsworthy was worth her weight in gold once again, this time it was thanks to her 27 touches, 10 tackles and 2 goals.
Young Lou Painter had a decent day out for Bendigo. Racking up 21 touches, 5 tackles and kicking a goal – this Pioneer prospect had her presence felt throughout her side’s big win.
Getting nearly a tackle for every touch, Amy Gaylor was a living embodiment of pressure for Calder on the weekend. Gaylor was relentless, finishing with 14 disposals and 13 tackles.
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