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Chargers have “perfect preparation” for grand final

A HARD-fought preliminary final win over Dandenong Stingrays has steeled the Oakleigh Chargers ahead of a massive Coates Talent League Girls Grand Final against Eastern Ranges, according to coach Tyrone Vickery. Oakleigh dropped to second on the ladder with a final round loss to the Ranges, but missing a host of bottom-age stars due to […]

Ranges’ peak comes at the ideal time

THERE are peaks and troughs throughout football seasons, and amid the ranges of 2023, everything seems to be culminating nicely for Eastern. The fourth placed Metro region was one of just two lower-ranked wildcards to advance to finals, and had to knock off the minor premier in last week’s prelim. Now, with three wins on […]

2023 Talent League Girls team reviews: Metro elimination finalists

ANOTHER season is quickly coming to a close in the Coates Talent League Girls and we take a look at how 2023 panned out for each of the 13 sides. In the next of these team reviews articles, we take a look at the two Metropolitan-based elimination finals losers, diving into their season, draft prospects […]

McMullen enjoys “freedom” of footy

TOP Queensland AFLW draft prospect Sienna McMullen was like many kids growing up, doing “pretty much any sport under the sun” but ended up choosing Aussie rules due to its uniqueness in the sporting landscape. “I did cross country, Oztag, touch. I did lots of swimming, triathlons, pretty much any sport under the sun,” McMullen […]

Leitch overcomes injury to finish season strong

AN EARLY season injury did not deter West Australian Mylee Leitch from remaining in AFLW Draft contention, with the over-age forward piecing together a strong body of work. After cementing her spot as a dangerous hybrid forward in 2022 for East Fremantle, Leitch took her game to another level this year and was one of […]

Winners | 2023 Coates Talent League Boys awards night

THE 2023 Coates Talent League awards night was held tonight, with a range of honours handed out across the boys and girls competitions. In a virtual ceremony, the official Team of the Year was announced, and two more Morrish Medallists wrote their names into the history books. >> Winners: 2023 Coates Talent League Girls awards […]

Howley completes double with Talent League BnF

GEELONG Falcons bottom-ager Sara Howley has added to her growing trophy cabinet by backing up her Rookie Me Central Medal with a Talent League Girls Best and Fairest award. Howley polled 21 votes to take home the award in a tightly contested count. Sharing the lead with Oakleigh Chargers midfielder Abbey Vicino after 10 rounds […]

PROFILED | 2023 AFL Under 17 Futures squad

THE AFL last week announced the 46-player squad set to take part in this year’s Under 17 Futures showcase. We’ve profiled each prospect to help you get to know them before they take to the MCG on AFL Grand Final day. >> Details: AFL Under 17 Futures squad announced SOUTH AUSTRALIA (8): Ben Camporeale (Glenelg)Midfielder […]

Q&A: Kayley Kavanagh (Calder Cannons)

ONE of the more fascinating stories of this year’s AFLW Draft crop is the rise of Calder Cannons and Vic Metro midfielder, Kayley Kavanagh. From hard working on-baller to All-Australian and Metro MVP, Kavanagh has had an incredible rise up draft boards off a strong 2023 season. We chatted to her post-championships about her journey […]

Power-ful Saint on heaven high after historic win

PORT star forward Ashleigh Saint was beaming post match at RSEA Park on Sunday afternoon after her side beat St Kilda for their first win of the 2023 AFL Women’s season. Speaking post-match, she said she was feeling “Rreally happy and excited, the vibe is really good in the changerooms. It’s just a reward for […]

Multi-talented Giant happy with career choice

IT certainly has been a whirlwind 18 months or so for young Giant Zarlie Goldsworthy, who went from playing Under 18 level footy in January last year to AFLW by years end. Goldsworthy did say that the lead up into last season felt a bit rushed. “I definitely think for me it did,” Goldsworthy said. […]

Scouting Notes: 2023 Talent League Girls – Eastern vs. Geelong

EASTERN Ranges made it an all-metropolitan final by knocking off Geelong Falcons in the second game of a double-header at Shepley Oval on the weekend. In a commanding performance, the Ranges booted five goals to nil in the first quarter and never looked back. We noted down some of the top performers from the clash […]

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