Top Eight: Young Guns of the GSFLW (Part Two)
The Great Southern Football League Women's competition has no shortage of young talent. This was perhaps best shown during this year's Under-17 Girls' Assocaiton Match between the Southern and Great Southern - which ended in a decisive 41-point win for the GSFLW.
For the past few seasons, and currently, Willunga has led the way for exciting prospects and, traditionally, it was Mt Compass who followed closely behind. However, nowadays Yankalilla, Goolwa and even Victor Harbor are just some of those other clubs that are pushing to take away the Demon's top talent-producing mantle.
Nonetheless, regardless of what club they are from, we have scoured the league in an attempt to find some of the best young guns that the GSFLW has on offer.
(There are no honourable mentions since there will be a Part 3.)
#8 – Zoe Lush (Encounter Bay)
Playing senior footy at a young age has its challenges and, when it's during a season like Encounter Bay had, it's tough. However, playing in 14 Open Women's matches for the Bays, Zoe Lush managed to make the most of it - topping off the year with a GSFLW Under-17s selection.
#7 – Amelia Bilney (Yankalilla)
One of several examples of the yellow and black prospects, Yankalilla's Amelia Bilney was a member of this year's GSFLW Under-17s Assocaiton Side. Showing her experience, the young Tiger played 14 U17s' matches this season for 10 goals and 9 appearances in the best players.
#6 - Alissa Brook (Victor Harbor)
This tall Victor Harbor prospect enjoyed a consistent season with the Kangaroos' Under-17s side - being named amongst the best players during 6 of her 7 matches. This blue and white prospect certainly has much potential.
#5 – Deriney Headon (Goolwa)
The Captain of this year's under-17s runner-up, Goolwa, Deriney Headon led by example during the 2021 Under-17s season. Typified by her Association Side appearance, her time with the Magpies U17's equated for 17 goals from 15 matches - of which she was named in the best players for over half.
#4 – Cleo Guilfoyle (Willunga)
Another exciting prospect that calls Willunga home, Cleo Guilfoyle was another representative of this year's GSFLW Under-17s side. Cleo had a consistently great season in the U17s, finishing with 11 goals from 9 matches, from which she was named in the best players for 8.
#3 – Jess Harris (Willunga)
Jess Harris was a member of the 2021 GSFLW Under-17s Association Side's forward line, and it is easy to see why. The young Demon booted 33 goals from 14 matches during the Under-17s competition as well as 31 goals from her 16 Open Women's matches - which brings her overall goal tally for the year to 64 goals from 30 matches.
#2 – Amelia Sartor (Mt Compass)
This exciting Mt Compass prospect left nothing to waste during this year's Under-17s season - which explains why she was selected for the GSFLW Under-17s Association Squad. From Amelia's 13 matches in the U17s, she was rated as one of the best players on 12 occasions.
#1 – Kimberley Rowe (Yankalilla)
She's a prospect that we feel we have mentioned so much already this month - but for good reason because, quite simply, Yankalilla's Kimberley Rowe is destined for the next level. Even though she is still developing, this 2021 GSFLW Under-17s Representative was one of the most consistent performers on this list during this year's GSFLW U17's season.
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