2023 Coates Talent League Girls: Round 11 wrap

FIVE of the six visiting teams picked up the wins in Round 11 of the Coates Talent League, with the higher ranked sides winning in each instant. We review all of the games and some of the standout players.

  • Team
  • Eastern Ranges
  • Calder Cannons

Eastern Ranges were too strong for Calder Cannons, securing a 26-point win despite being plague with inaccuracy at times. The Ranges booted 21 scoring shots to 10, and while the Cannons put up a fight to win two of the three quarters, the four goals to nil start in the opening term proved costly. By the final siren, the Ranges had won 7.14 (56) to 4.6 (30).

STANDOUT: Laura Stone

The midfield star was prolific with her ability to run across the ground, looking for one-twos where possible and being a prime mover for her side. Her 22 disposals felt like far more, also bringing her defensive game to the party, laying 10 tackles.


Winger Hayley McLaughlin (27 disposals) was the other major ball-winner with the most touches on the ground, while goalsneak Alyssia Pisano booted three goals from 14 disposals. Double bottom-ager Tayla McMillan and talented forward Grace Belloni were also prolific for the Ranges.

Calder’s 2007-born duo of Chloe Baker-West and Jade McLay provided high impact, while top-agers Sarah Grunden and Kayley Kavanagh were again among the best with some strong performances.


5 – Laura Stone (Eastern Ranges)
4 – Sarah Grunden (Calder Cannons)
3 – Alyssia Pisano (Eastern Ranges)
2 – Chloe Baker-West (Calder Cannons)
1 – Tayla McMillan (Eastern Ranges)

  • Team
  • Gippsland Power
  • Sandringham Dragons

In another game where both sides had chances to win, it was Sandringham Dragons who stormed home in the final term to take the victory away from a determined Gippsland Power side at Morwell. A couple of 50m penalties in the last quarter proved costly for the Power, as the Dragons converted two goals from them, and three in the final term to run over the top of the Power and celebrate a third straight win, 7.4 (46) to 5.2 (32).

STANDOUT: Ash Centra

Despite being in a losing side, it was hard to ignore the impact the bottom-ager had on the game, influencing it from behind the ball. Changing into number 38 through the game, she had 23 disposals, four marks and four rebound 50s, but often danced around multiple opponents and hit pinpoint passes under pressure without any worries in the world.


The winning Dragons side had a number of impressive standouts, with Isabel Bacon (22 disposals, 10 tackles, two marks and four inside 50s) playing her best game of the year off the back of being included in the Vic Metro squad. Daisy Flockart also showed her class, while defender Annabelle Embelton (26 disposals) was Sandringham’s top ball-winner.

The Power had a number of standouts despite the defeat, with defenders Siena Lane and Ella Stoddart doing some great work behind the ball. In midfield, Jasmine Sowden again caught the eye, while Alisha Molesworth provided her usual defensive pressure.


5 – Ash Centra (Gippsland Power)
4 – Isabel Bacon (Sandringham Dragons)
3 – Siena Lane (Gippsland Power)
2 – Jasmine Sowden (Gippsland Power)
1 – Daisy Flockart (Sandringham Dragons)

  • Team
  • Murray Bushrangers
  • Western Jets

Western Jets finally snapped their losing streak to start the season, getting over the top of Murray Bushrangers by 51 points in a comprehensive victory. Largely controlling the game for the most part, the Jets piled on seven goals in the first half, and while the Bushrangers were able to stem the bleeding after that, it was a case of too little, too late, and the Jets won 9.15 (69) to 2.6 (18.

STANDOUT: Tamara Henry (Western Jets)

Playing more of a midfield-forward role rather than the reverse, Henry was sensational, picking up a game-high 25 disposals, five marks, three tackles, four inside 50s and 2.2. She could have converted a couple more to make it an even bigger day out, but the top-ager was impressive in the win.


Bottom-age duo Sierra Grieves and Lou-Lou Field were again prolific, with the former starting forward and spending the majority of the game there. She not only kicked a couple of majors from 23 touches, but also set up some of her teammates. Double bottom-ager Alex McBride-Loane was also a standout, clunking four marks from 17 disposals, while kicking four behinds.

Destiny Dodd worked hard all game for the Bushrangers often undersized in the ruck, while 2008-born Majella Day provided some run off half-back on debut. Holly Egan had 19 disposals and seven marks herself to also be a prominent player in defeat.


5 – Tamara Henry (Western Jets)
4 – Sierra Grieves (Western)
3 – Alex McBride-Loane (Western Jets)
2 – Lou-Lou Field (Western Jets)
1 – Destiny Dodd (Murray Bushrangers)

  • Team
  • GWV Rebels
  • Dandenong Stingrays

Dandenong Stingrays flew out of the blocks against GWV Rebels in icy conditions to set up a 48-point win at Mars Stadium. The Stingrays booted 4.0 to 0.0 in the first term, and while against the breeze was more challenging, got back on top in the third term with 4.3 to 0.0 again, eventually posting a 9.3 (57) to 1.3 (9) victory.

STANDOUT: Zoe Besanko (Dandenong Stingrays)

The key to the fast start was Besanko who piled on three goals in the opening quarter to set the game alight. Her three majors put the Stingrays on top, and she would finish with four goals from 17 disposals, also competing in the ruck to have seven hitouts and lay five tackles.


There were no shortage of contributors for the Stingrays, with skipper Jemma Ramsdale and ruck Elli Symonds getting in the votes. AFLW Academy members Mikayla Williamson and Bianca Lyne also competed hard.

For the Rebels, the usual suspects in Jessica Rentsch and Millie Lang were prominent in the back half of the ground, while over-ager Molly Walton returned to have 24 touches going through midfield.


5 – Zoe Besanko (Dandenong Stingrays)
4 – Jemma Ramsdale (Dandenong Stingrays)
3 – Jess Rentsch (GWV Rebels)
2 – Millie Lang (GWV Rebels)
1 – Elli Symonds (Dandenong Stingrays)

  • Team
  • Bendigo Pioneers
  • Oakleigh Chargers

After a tight first quarter, Oakleigh Chargers took control of the match against Bendigo Pioneers to run away with the contest. The Chargers piled on 13.7 to 2.3 after quarter time to record a 73-point victory at Queen Elizabeth Oval, 15.16 (106) to 5.3 (33).

STANDOUT: Amelie Gladman (Oakleigh Chargers)

Breaking the Coates Talent League Girls all-time individual goals record in a game with nine majors, the small forward also had 18 disposals, five marks, two tackles and five inside 50s, while kicking three behinds. In a standout best on ground performance, Gladman was the key to a huge win.


Oakleigh had its usual band of contributors across the board with Chloe Bown picking up a team-high 24 disposals just ahead of fellow midfielders, Maggie Mahony and Sarah Poustie, while Sienna Tallariti was again prominent.

For the Pioneers, Lucia Painter was the star returning to the team, while Bryde O’Rourke had another eye-catching performance with 24 disposals. Lexi Moss (19 disposals) was the other major ball-winner for the home side.


5 – Amelie Gladman (Oakleigh Chargers)
4 – Lou Painter (Bendigo Pioneers)
3 – Chloe Bown (Oakleigh Chargers)
2 – Bryde O’Rourke (Bendigo Pioneers)
1 – Sienna Tallariti (Oakleigh Chargers)

  • Team
  • Tasmania Devils
  • Geelong Falcons

Rounding out the weekend was Geelong Falcons picking up the 44-point win down at Twin Oval over Tasmania Devils. Following a tight first term, the Falcons found an extra gear and kicked away with seven goals to three over the next two quarters to set up the 12.10 (82) to 6.2 (38) win and head back to Victoria with the four points.

STANDOUT: Sara Howley (Geelong Falcons)

Already boasting an incredible lead at the top of the Rookie Me Central Medal, Howley was a class above again, booting 2.2 from 33 disposals. She used the ball well going inside 50, also taking three marks, having nine inside 50s and laying five tackles to be best afield for another week.


While Howley was the standout, Chantal Mason kicked another half dozen goals with six majors – including three in the final term – from 18 disposals and nine marks in an unstoppable performance up forward. Sophie Mahar and skipper Chloe Adams also put pressure on the opposition defence when sending it forward, while Bella Gilham capitalised at the fall of the ball with three majors.

For the Devils bottom-age midfielder Meg Harrison (20 disposals, six marks, four inside 50s and three rebound 50s) was the pick of the home side. Lily Nast and Mia Anderson were also busy, and Georgia Gillow steadfast in defence.


5 – Sara Howley (Geelong Falcons)
4 – Chantal Mason (Geelong Falcons)
3 – Sophie Mahar (Geelong Falcons)
2 – Meg Harrison (Tasmania Devils)
1 – Chloe Adams (Geelong Falcons)

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