VICTORIA’S top Under 16s footballers from the TAC Cup Girls competition will converge on country venues this weekend in a couple of matches to test themselves against the best from other states. Vic Metro takes on South Australia in Horsham on Sunday, while Vic Country heads to the border to face NSW/ACT in Albury. The following week, Vic Metro will face off against Vic Country at GMHBA Stadium in a curtain raiser to the Under 18 Girls’ sides. For those wondering, the Under 16s are made up of players born in 2002 and are not eligible to be drafted until 2020.
Vic Metro squad:
|1||Olivia Meagher||151||10/12/02||Eastern Ranges|
|2||Mietta Kendall||154||3/9/02||Eastern Ranges|
|3||Taylah Morton||157||23/7/02||Oakleigh Chargers|
|4||Leah Spargo||157||28/1/02||Western Jets|
|5||Mary Daw||159||11/3/02||Western Jets|
|6||Abigail Bennett||160||18/10/02||Northern Knights|
|7||Jessica Fitzgerald||161||8/3/02||Northern Knights|
|8||Bella Eddey||163||11/2/02||Sandringham Dragons|
|9||Winnie Laing||164||25/5/02||Sandringham Dragons|
|10||Ashleigh Snow||156||23/10/02||Northern Knights|
|11||Eliza McNamara||166||19/4/02||Sandringham Dragons|
|12||Tarni Brown||166||26/3/02||Eastern Ranges|
|13||Alice Burke||168||3/10/02||Sandringham Dragons|
|15||Mimi Hill||167||4/10/02||Oakleigh Chargers|
|16||Alice O’Loughlin||169||8/7/02||Oakleigh Chargers|
|17||Alisa Magri||170||19/3/02||Calder Cannons|
|18||Amber Micallef||170||21/2/02||Oakleigh Chargers|
|19||Sarah Hartwig||173||12/4/02||Sandringham Dragons|
|20||Ellie McKenzie||174||17/10/02||Northern Knights|
|21||Tamsin Crook||176||3/10/02||Calder Cannons|
|22||Isabelle Pritchard||176||8/3/02||Western Jets|
|23||Jess Grace||176||25/12/02||Eastern Ranges|
|24||Alyssa Bannan||177||13/4/02||Northern Knights|
|25||Isabel Young||179||13/7/02||Calder Cannons|
Some names to watch:
Key Position Defender | 176cm | Western Jets
Strong overhead, great leader and rarely beaten one-on-one. Her game knowledge and awareness is ahead of her years. A standout performer this season for the Jets.
Tall Utility | 174cm | Northern Knights
Unbelievable impact so far this season, named in the best every game she played. Can play forward, midfield or back, and is strong in the air. Sister of Vic Metro boys’ representative, Tom. Strong in the air, can kick goals at will, shown by her huge day out against Bendigo Pioneers.
Key Position Forward | 175cm | Northern Knights
Lit up Beaconsfield earlier in the year with three goals in three minutes and provides a good target up forward. Mobile tall who can kick goals and very few players her height are quicker once she gets goal side.
Key Position Defender | 173cm | Sandringham Dragons
Good one-on-one defender, quick on the lead to spoil and provides good rebounds out of the back half. Will create a strong 1-2 partnership with Pritchard in the back half.
General Defender | 168cm | Sandringham Dragons
A good user of the footy, can play up the ground but is really settled in the back half. Daughter of St Kilda champion, Nathan. Crossed over from soccer and has been a revelation at the Dragons.
Small Forward | 160cm | Northern Knights
Another Knights player who has had some impressive moments at half-forward. Can push into the midfield as well.
General Forward | 166cm | Eastern Ranges
Very raw, but clearly talented. Has a very nice sidestep and can create something out of nothing. Daughter of Gavin and sister to Callum and Tyler.
Small Forward/Midfielder | 151cm | Eastern Ranges
Seemed to get better as the season went on, plays a link-up role at half-forward, and can kick goals or win the footy through the midfield.
Outside Midfielder | 167cm | Oakleigh Chargers
Winger who provides good run in transition and played some impressive games throughout the season, especially in the absence of the Chargers top-age midfielders.
Small Utility | 161cm | Northern Knights
Tends to play forward, but can play through midfield as well. A creative player who can kick goals from tight angles.
Inside Midfielder | 164cm | Sandringham Dragons
As tough as they come on the inside, loves the contest and does not take a backwards step.
General Forward | 163cm | Sandringham Dragons
Another creative forward who is good in the air or at ground level and just got better as the season went on.
General Forward | 169cm | Oakleigh Chargers
Starred late in the season at half-forward and can push up the ground as well. Creative and a good user of the football going inside 50.
Small Defender | 156cm | Northern Knights
Was one of the Knights’ best in the grand final and plays taller than her 156cm. Good overhead and creates some great drive out of defence.
Tall Forward | 170cm | Calder Cannons
Was a mainstay of the Cannons forward line this season and managed to get on the end of a few goals throughout. Another tall target inside 50 for Metro.
Inside Midfielder | 166cm | Sandringham Dragons
Had a blistering start to the season and had the ball on a string early. A crucial part of the inside midfield at the Dragons, she showed good strength and an ability to move out of traffic.
Vic Country squad:
|1||Jerusha Devarakonda||3/3/02||158||Geelong Falcons|
|2||Leila Raymond||9/3/02||158||Gippsland Power|
|3||Holly Andrews||15/8/02||160||Gippsland Power|
|4||Elizabeth Snell||14/3/02||161||Bendigo Pioneers|
|5||Megan Fitzsimon||10/8/02||162||Gippsland Power|
|6||Renee Saulitis||14/8/02||163||GWV Rebels|
|7||Jemma Finning||19/3/02||165||Bendigo Pioneers|
|8||Kate Adams||15/3/02||165||Murray Bushrangers|
|9||Emily Nicholson||19/3/02||165||Murray Bushrangers|
|10||Abbey Jordan||8/9/02||165||Dandenong Stingrays|
|11||Brooke Hards||19/7/02||166||Bendigo Pioneers|
|12||Tyanna Smith||29/10/02||166||Dandenong Stingrays|
|13||Chloe Leonard||1/2/02||167||GWV Rebels|
|15||Chandra Abrahams||24/3/02||169||Gippsland Power|
|16||Sharmaine Reilly||8/11/02||170||Bendigo Pioneers|
|17||Sophie Milsome||23/4/02||172||Geelong Falcons|
|18||Zoe Hill||13/5/02||173||Dandenong Stingrays|
|19||Matilda Van Berkel||6/9/02||174||Gippsland Power|
|20||Stephanie Glover||11/11/02||176||GWV Rebels|
|21||Isabella Robson||26/4/02||176||GWV Rebels|
|22||Renee Tierney||23/5/02||168||Geelong Falcons|
|23||Isabella Simmons||19/4/02||181||GWV Rebels|
|24||Olivia Barber||14/7/02||184||Murray Bushrangers|
|25||Maggie Caris||21/12/02||188||GWV Rebels|
Tall Forward | 168cm | Geelong Falcons
Has had a really consistent season for the Falcons. Good overhead, booted a bag of goals against Oakleigh at Warrawee Park earlier in the season.
Balanced Midfielder | 165cm | Bendigo Pioneers
After the two top-age girls in Megan Williamson and Kodi Jacques, Finning was one of the more consistent midfielders at the Pioneers, regularly named in the best.
General Defender | 166cm | Bendigo Pioneers
A rebounding defender who can play forward, Hards is good in the air and reads the play well.
Small Forward | 163cm | GWV Rebels
Talented small forward who can kick some great goals from tight angles. Very quick and can pounce on a spillage from a marking contest.
Key Position Forward | 181cm | GWV Rebels
Tall target up forward who pushes up the ground and provides a contest. Raw but has shown some good signs.
Key Position Defender | 173cm | Dandenong Stingrays
One of the more consistent 15-16 year-old defenders in the league. Worked well with Lucy Cripps to ensure the Stingrays had good defensive strength in the air.
Ruck/Key Position Forward | 184cm | Murray Bushrangers
Rotated between ruck and key forward and was named in the Bushrangers best a number of times. Could rotate with Maggie Caris through the ruck or up forward.
Tall Utility | 169cm | Gippsland Power
Has played a mixture of forward and back, and while the consistency is still building, she has tricks that not many players have, such as a penetrating kick from 50m on the run from a couple of steps.
General Forward | 165cm | Murray Bushrangers
Buzzes around the forward line and can push up into the midfield. Fairly clean and clearly talented, will be a player to watch at the Bushies over the next couple of years.
Ruck | 188cm | GWV Rebels
With her sister Rene in the AFLW Academy, Maggie followed her into the Rebels program and looked good in the final game of the season against Oakleigh. Already 188cm, Caris will likely play ruck, but could be tried in key position positions as well.
Balanced Midfielder | 166cm | Dandenong Stingrays
Another player who seemed to get better as the season went on, Smith played through the midfield and won her own ball as well as created run in transition.
Small Defender | 158cm | Geelong Falcons
Raw, but talented defender who pushed up to the wing for the Falcons. Got involved a number of times in the grand final and has plenty of scope for the future. Quick and fierce.
Key Position Utility | 176cm | GWV Rebels
Impressed down back, but also showed she could go forward and kick a goal for the Rebels. Good overhead and nimble, she provides plenty of rebound out of the back half.
Outside Midfielder/Small Forward | 160cm | Gippsland Power
Played all nine games this season and was named among the best a couple of times for the Power. Had some nice moments within games.
General Forward | 167cm | GWV Rebels
Booted four goals in eight games, including two against Calder Cannons. Was named in the Rebels’ best a number of times and provided a target inside 50.
General Defender | 165cm | Murray Bushrangers
Played every game this season for the Bushrangers and became a regular in the back six. She was named among the best on a couple of occasions.
June 10 – Vic Metro vs. South Australia in Horsham & Vic Country vs. NSW/ACT in Albury
June 16 – Vic Country vs Vic Metro at GMHBA Stadium, Geelong