Top Eight: Standout NAB League Girls of 2020 (Part One)
Updated: May 26, 2020
We have covered some of the standouts from the few rounds of the SANFL Women’s competition that we have had this year and now, we shift our attention interstate to look at who was making headlines during the first three rounds of the NAB League Girls competition.
From high scoring forwards to lockdown defenders, and of course, the ball winning midfielders; we have tried to factor in all playing positions when making this list, but it was certainly difficult, hence this is Part One of a two-part series.
All positions on this list are judge purely on that player’s performance during this NAB League Girls season. Therefore, no previous stats or accolades from other seasons will be considered.
#8 Mimi Hill (Oakleigh Chargers)
To kick off our list we look towards a player that would have likely placed higher, if her side didn’t have a bye within the first three rounds. However, Oakleigh Charger’s Mimi Hill has certainly made a case for herself in just two games, with the talented youngster collected a total of 49 disposals, four tackles and three marks.
#7 Georgie Prespakis (Calder Cannons)
One of the league leaders for total disposals, Georgie Prespakis collected an outstanding total of 68 disposals from just three matches. To go along with this, she also managed a strong total of 13 tackles, 13 inside 50s and four marks.
#6 Abbi Moloney (Sandringham Dragons)
Coming in at number six is one of the league’s most dangerous forwards from the first few rounds. Sandringham’s Abbi Moloney booted an impressive eight goals from just three games. This sits very nicely alongside the total of 31 disposals, ten marks and ten tackles that she also managed to collect during this time.
#5 Montana Ham (Western Jets)
Montana Ham from the Western Jets had a very consistent and an overall strong start to the 2020 season. From three games, she collected a total of 61 disposals, 15 marks, eight tackles and a goal. She also created plenty of chances for her side, gathering a total of 12 inside 50s and 11 rebound 50s as well.
#4 Alyssa Bannan (Northern Knights)
Our number four spot goes to another player that had a very consistent and strong start to the year. From just the first three games, Alyssa Bannan managed to collect 43 disposals, 17 marks and ten tackles. And if that wasn’t enough, she also currently leads the league in total goals with nine.
#3 Isabelle Pritchard (Western Jets)
The second Jet to make this list, and it is pretty easy to see why. Isabelle Pritchard was on fire during the first three games, collecting an outstanding total of 68 disposals, 22 tackles and ten marks. Add to this, a total of ten rebound 50s, and it equals a player that is certainly worth keeping an eye on going forwards.
#2 Tyanna Smith (Dandenong Stingrays)
Tyanna Smith from the Dandenong Stingrays had a dream start to the 2020 NAB League Girls season. Currently leading the league in total disposals with 76 from just three games, this young gun was certainly busy. To add to her impressive disposal count, she also managed to gather a total of 18 tackles, 16 inside 50s, 12 marks and a goal.
#1 Laura Gardiner (Geelong Falcons)
The number one standout player from the 2020 season so far, has been Geelong’s Laura Gardiner. Playing just two games due to the Falcons having a bye, she collected a total of 69 disposals, 23 tackles, four marks and a goal. While this sounds impressive, the simple fact that these stats mean that she is leading the league in both the highest average disposals and tackles per game, means that she is undoubtedly a player to watch within the coming years.
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