PROFILED | 2024 Under 23 All-Stars: Part II

COMPLETING the second part of our two-part series on the Under 23 All-Stars side that faces the AFLW Academy tomorrow, we look at the remaining 12 players from jumper numbers 14 and below to take a look at those who have earned a spot in the side.

>> PROFILED | 2024 Under 23 All-Stars: Part I

#14 Kera Galaminda Gellar (Sandringham Dragons / Vic Metro)
28/04/2006 | 157cm | Small Forward

A raw talent with upside, Galaminda Gellar is only small at 157cm but no doubt has been included for the upside she can offer. Averaging almost three tackles per game last season at the Dragons, Galaminda Gellar is sure to have a few nice highlights throughout the 2024 season, and while not a high production player, booted six goals in eight games last season.

#15 Sarah Poustie (Oakleigh Chargers / Vic Metro)
05/01/2006 | 170cm | Wing/Midfielder

Starting her junior career as a hard-running winger, Poustie gained some valuable inside minutes last season to be that perfectly balanced inside-outside ball-winner. Strong overhead for a midfielder – averaging three marks per game at Talent League level – Poustie recently smashed the yo-yo record at the Preseason Testing Day, and has nice smarts and decision making to-boot.

#16 Jemma Reynolds (Dandenong Stingrays / Vic Country)
29/04/2006 | 163cm | Midfielder/Forward

A highly damaging player, Reynolds is someone who can make time stop around her sometimes. She assesses the situation and picks the right option, while being able to burst from midfield and get the ball forward, or already be inside 50 ready to hit the scoreboard. She kicked 10 goals in 13 games for the Stingrays last season, while averaging around 18 touches per game. One to definitely watch in 2024.

#17 Marnie Robinson (Essendon VFLW / NSW-ACT)
08/06/2005 | 172cm | Defender

A highly competitive player and natural leader, Robinson won the Allies’ MVP at the AFLW Under 18 Championships last season, and also earned All-Australian honours in the same carnival. A member of last year’s AFLW Academy, the former Sydney Swans Academy graduate returns to this game after a couple of matches for Essendon in the VFLW.

#18 Seisia White (Geelong Falcons / Vic Country)
07/10/2006 | 163cm | Forward

A smart forward who is creative in the forward half of the ground, White already has a Coates Talent League Girls match under her belt this year, picking up 20 disposals and laying 10 tackles in the Falcons’ win over GWV Rebels on Easter Thursday. She never makes it easy for opposition defenders, and can not only hit the scoreboard, but predominantly set others up to score.

#19 Jemmika Douglas (Bendigo Pioneers / Vic Country)
20/06/2006 | 166cm | Forward / Midfielder

Unfortunately a knee injury put a line through most of her 2023 season, with the talented Douglas limited to eight games. In those eight matches, Douglas averaged 17.3 disposals, 2.1 marks and 6.0 tackles, while booting four majors. Returning in 2024 as a top-ager, expect her to catch the eye with her skill and natural talent in the front half of the ground.

#20 Tunisha Kikoak (Tasmania Devils / Tasmania)
12/05/ 2005 | 180cm | Utility

As versatile as anyone else going around the Tasmanian has spent time down back, in the ruck and even up forward, which ticks a lot of boxes for clubs who like to throw around the magnets. Kikoak is a powerful kick and has a nice speed-strength mix, controlling the air ways with her marking ability. Still developing areas of her game and deserved a chance in this game as an overager.

#21 Bianca Lyne (Port Melbourne VFLW / Victoria)
06/04/2005 | 174cm | Defender

Another member of last year’s AFLW Academy who was overlooked but returns to find herself back in this match but for the opposition side this time. Having been trialed in a number of positions, Lyne found her home down back in 2023, with he aerial ability and closing speed helping her. She has the capacity to play on talls and smalls, and while fine tuning her game, will play for Port Melbourne in the VFLW.

#22 Claire Mahony (GWV Rebels / Vic Country)
21/01/2006 | 181cm | Forward

One of the best players outside the AFLW Academy, Mahony started her Talent League Girls season in a blaze of glory with 17 disposals, seven marks and two goals against the Geelong Falcons on Easter Thursday. She kicked eight goals in 11 games last season, is an elite mark and field kick, with athleticism to-boot. An incredible talent who continues to get better.

#23 Maggie Mahony (Oakleigh Chargers / Vic Metro)
19/10/2006 | 161cm | Midfielder

A tough-as-nails midfielder, Mahony might be small but she packs a punch, laying seven tackles per game over her first 20 games at Talent League level. The 161cm midfielder has the capacity to go forward and creating scoring chances as well, but regardless of position, just gets into the right spots to win the ball consistently. One who will always crack in and put her body on the line.

#24 Jaime Henry (Western Bulldogs VFLW / Western Australia)
05/10/2005 | 174cm | Midfielder / Defender

Last year’s West Australian vice-captain at the AFLW Under 18 Championships, Henry made the move from Swan Districts to the Western Bulldogs VFLW late in the preseason. She has fitted in well there, with the left footer averaging 100 disposals and 2.5 marks. A clean user of the ball, Henry uses her strength both in one-on-ones and at ground level and is a readymade overager for AFLW clubs.

#29 Kyla Forbes (Calder Cannons / Vic Metro)
07/09/2006 | 168cm | Utility

A dangerous left-footer forward of centre, Forbes is a player with upside and one who could play a big role for the Cannons this season. She loves wheeling onto her left side with a smooth action, and has been touted to play a little bit in defence to go her with her forward and midfield work over the past two seasons. Forbes kicked seven goals in her 11 Talent League games last season.

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