How will they impact their new team in S7?: Jacqui Parry
MANY AFLW stars made moves to new clubs in the offseason, and as we head toward season seven of the AFLW, we take a look at some of said players and predict what kind of impact they can potentially make on their new teams.
One characteristic of the offseason for the Dees was the victims of their list depth leaving for better chances at other clubs.
One of these was Parry, who towards the back end of last season was squeezed out of a very talented Dees forward line and found herself in the VFLW.
This is by no means meant to be a blemish on Parry or her abilities, it was just a sign of the team she was in.
She now comes across to Geelong, where she can really star.
After being one of many options in the Dees’ squad, she arrives at a club in need of tall forward targets.
Parry can slot in as that tall target, and be the centrepiece for Geelong’s forays forward. Also, if she cannot clunk the mark, she can put it at her feet for Geelong’s smaller forwards, the likes of Rachel Kearns, Chloe Scheer and Zali Friswell, to crumb it and take the snap themselves.
Her leading and marking ability are second to none, and has been providing a valuable linking option for the Dees as they head into the forward line, which she can just as easily do at Geelong.
Just before she left Melbourne she was also starting to do some pinch hitting in the ruck, and she was holding her own in the role, which is an easily transferable skill to her new side. With the departure of Rene Caris, Parry can come in and give Olivia Fuller a break in the ruck.
She also comes to the club with a former Dees teammate in Shelley Scott, and the pair bring a number of other qualities to the Cats.
Not only a chemistry of having played together for a number of seasons, but they also offer leadership and a fair bit of experience at AFLW level to a relatively young Geelong forward line, which will only help their fellow forwards grow and develop.
So Cats fans, what you have gained in Parry is someone who has been starved of opportunities but is no doubt going to blossom at Kardinia Park.