• Jayden J Bartlett

Top Eight: Young Guns of the GSFLW (Part Three)

Another week has passed, which means another chance to have a glimpse into the Great Southern’s future with the names of some of the GSFLW’s most exciting young guns.

Willunga continues to dominate this list, which explains their dominance in the Under-17s competition. Yet, Goolwa, Yankalilla and Victor Harbor are beginning to build, towards what however only time will tell.

Part One and Part Two of this series are available, simply click on the links provided. Since this is the final instalment, we have included some honourable mentions for those who were unlucky to miss out on a list.

Honourable Mentions: Bianca Coom (McLaren), Millie Shute (Strathalbyn), Tasiah Wright (Yankalilla).


#8 – Tyra Hansen (Willunga)

One of the youngest players in our Young Guns of the GSFLW series, Tyra Hansen is one of many exciting prospects that call the Demons home. Passionately donning the red and white, Tyra finished with 6 goals from her 11 U17s appearances.

#7 – Breanna Maynard (Goolwa)

Breanna Maynard was one of several very talented Magpies who helped string together a competitive season for the black and white. Breanna played 12 Under-17s matches for the Maggies, which equated for 5 goals and an impressive 10 appearances in their best players.

#6 - Tahlia Parsons (Yankalilla)

Tahlia Parsons, a young Tiger that flies under the radar when compared to others on this list, was a reliable part of the yellow and black side during 2021. Playing 12 matches for Yankalilla’s Under-17s, Tahlia was named amognst the best players for over half of them.

#5 – Amber Thomas (Mt Compass)

A member of this year’s GSFLW Under-17s Association side, Amber Thomas’s performance throughout the 2021 Under-17s season is best described as consistent. This is because, from her 9 matches, she was named amongst the Bulldogs best players 9 times – meaning that every time she played, she played great.

#4 – Emily Steele (Willunga)

Another list – another exciting Demon. Emily Steele was a consistent performer for this year’s Under-17s premiers, finishing with 13 goals from 9 U17s games – as well as 8 appearances in their best players. As well as this, the young gun also played 4 Open Women’s matches this year.

#3 – Indiana Quaremba (Goolwa)

Indiana Quaremba enjoyed a great 2021 – with appearances for Goolwa’s Under-17s and Open Women’s sides as well as the GSFLW Under-17s Association side. In total, this mighty Magpie booted 6 goals from 14 U17s appearances as well as 2 goals from her 6 senior matches.

#2 – Tyla Millard (Victor Harbor)

Tyla Millard, the younger sister of Victor Harbor SANFLW export Jaimee Millard, was a strong contributor for the Kangaroos Open Women’s and Under-17s sides. Tyla booted 25 goals in 11 games for the U17s while in the Opens, a special mention goes to her 4-goal tally during Round eight which, at the time, was equal to the number of goals the Roos had kicked all season.

#1 – Desiree Cooke (Mt Compass)

A speedy and silky small forward from Mt Compass who, once we got her name from a fellow Bulldog, has remained on our radar for the past two years. Desiree Cooke, a member of the 2021 GSFLW Under-17s Association Side, was an integral part of the Doggies formidable forward line – finishing with 21 goals from 13 Under-17s matches this season.

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