Top Eight: GSFLW Prospects
2020 provided us a very unique football season to say the least. But despite this, there was no shortage of promising talent from the local leagues.
Now that the dust has settled, most football clubs have their eyes firmly set on the 2021 season. Some clubs are organising trials, some are searching for new coaching stuff, and others have already begun preseason training.
With their preparations underway for 2021, we thought that we would also prepare for the new year by looking at some of the local talent from the Great Southern Football League Women’s competition that have the potential to play in a higher tier.
The only requirements to make this list is that the player must be on a GSFLW list during the 2020 season and was also not on a senior SANFLW list this year.
Tess Huxtable (Encounter Bay), Emily Smith (Willunga), Kiahni Russell (Mt Compass), Desiree Cooke (Mt Compass).
#8 Emily Cozamanis (Strathalbyn)
Strathalbyn’s Emily Cozamanis is a forward that has the potential to do a lot of damage. The small forward kicked fourteen goals in just eight matches this season—a feat that saw her be named as the 2020 GSFLW Open’s Leading Goalkicker. The fact that she is not overly experienced when it comes to football means that this Rooster has plenty of potential going forwards.
#7 Bridie Nye (Willunga)
A member of the 2019 U15 All Australian Girls team and South Adelaide’s U15s undefeated 2019 side. This Willunga product played a pivotal role in both their U16s and Open Women’s premiership campaigns, being named as the Best on Ground for their U16s Grand Final side while also being the sole kicker in their Open Women’s Grand Final side. This all adds up to make Bridie Nye a very exciting product to say the least.
#6 Carli Perryman (Willunga)
Another member of South Adelaide’s 2019 U15s side, Carli Perryman is a young halfback that was named as Willunga’s Best on Ground during the 2020 GSFLW Open’s Grand Final. This feat is made even more impressive when you consider that Carli was also named as fourth best for Willunga’s U16s Grand Final side. She also finished equal third for the GSFLW U16s Best and Fairest which she managed despite playing in all of the Demons’ nine senior games as well.
#5 Demi Sharp (Mt Compass)
A fast-paced midfield/forward, 2020 marks Demi Sharp’s third season of football with Mt Compass and it has proven to be her best thus far as she continually made her presence felt around the stoppages and up forward. She managed to boot eight goals from eight matches while also finishing equal sixth in the 2020 GSFLW Open’s Best and Fairest with seven votes.
#4 Jaimee Millard (Victor Harbor)
This young Victor Harbor product was the runner up to the 2020 GSFLW U16s Best and Fairest with 12 votes and also played with South Adelaide’s U15s side in 2019. With clean skills and a deadly accurate kick, Jaimee Millard can play across half back or move up into the centre if need be—this was on full display when she played for Victor Harbor’s Open Women’s side, with which she was named amongst their best players during four of her six matches.
#3 Brooke Boileau (Mt Compass)
Brooke Boileau is a very consistent performer for Mt Compass and can provide plenty of outside run if given the chance. She was also a member of South Adelaide’s U15s side during 2019 but more impressively she has been named as the Best on Ground during the Bulldogs’ last two U16 Grand Finals, the last of which was their 2020 Premiership win.
#2 Jemma Ellis (Yankalilla)
A former member of South Adelaide’s undefeated 2019 U15s side, Jemma Ellis is a promising product that has been on most people’s radars for well over a year—but her age restricted her from playing in any higher tiers. However, her 2020 performance certainly did not hurt her reputation as the Yankalilla product claimed the GSFLW U16s Best and Fairest with 14 votes.
#1 Renee Moon (Goolwa)
The most promising prospect in the Great Southern Football League Women’s competition is of course the 2020 GSFLW Opens Best and Fairest, Renee Moon. The fast paced and courageous player was reliable to say the least, as she was named amongst Goolwa’s best players in all of their seven matches this year—which explains why she finished the medal count with 18 votes. With some extra guidance and support, Renee will become a ready-made SANFLW player.
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