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Amber Clarke

height: 169cm

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D.O.B: 22-12-2004

Leagues: NAB League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships

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Amber Clarke is an exciting talent who can play anywhere on the field. When assessing AFLW Draft prospects, you look for an elite trait, and Clarke’s breakneck speed is certainly that. Clocking the fastest time at the 2021 NAB League Girls Pre-season Testing, Clarke clocked up a speedy 3.19 seconds to blitz the rest of the field. But aside from her obvious athletic gifts, the talented young gun is more than capable of playing at both ends of the field and she showed it during the 2022 season, winning both the Dandenong Stingrays and NAB League Girls Best and Fairest awards.

>> AMBER CLARKE FEATURE

Few players came into the 2022 NAB League Girls season with higher wraps, yet Dandenong Stingrays’ Amber Clarke took it all in her stride and was able to come out as one of the best players across the league, and the country. The 17-year-old started off with a massive five-goal haul against Geelong Falcons in Round 1, and though she only really had one more major bag, she was still able to influence games on the regular.

That influence was reiterated by Clarke winning the NAB League Girls Best and Fairest, and polling in all seven games she completed - six of those best on grounds - with only her injury against Eastern Ranges in the first term not earning her a vote. She carried that form into the national carnival for Vic Country, and was a potent forward who looked lively around goals. Though not quite as consistent quarter-by-quarter, she did spend the majority of the time inside 50, with only some rotations on-ball.

Clarke is a player who has the goal sense and X-factor to impact a game in a big way, and though in Round 1 she was kicking goals from everywhere, became a little less reliable in front of the big sticks as the season progressed. Her trademark snap around the body often misfired when she could have composed herself for an extra step, but that learning will continue to come, especially at the elite level. She could also continue to develop further through the midfield, having an outstanding game there for the Stingrays in the NAB League Girls Grand Final, but is still able to impact further with more time.

Clarke is one of those players who will attract interest from the majority, if not all of the Victorian clubs, and will likely land in the Top 10. She has the excitement factor that brings fans to the footy, and as she will likely start as a full-time forward, could kick some amazing goals early in her career.

FUN FACT:

Amber Clarke has clocked the two fastest speeds at the previous two NAB League Girls Preseason Combines, both sub-3.2 seconds.

Strengths
Acceleration
Creativity
Explosiveness
Goal sense
Hurt factor
Speed
Versatility
X-Factor
Improvements
Finishing
Kicking composure [reference to decision making]
Midfield craft

NAB League Girls

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2020Dandenong Stingrays29837900110085039.72.712.33.00.03.70.050
2021Dandenong Stingrays84251091400240026310614.04.218.22.30.04.01.777
2022Dandenong Stingrays1512317427002610466181015.12.317.42.70.12.61.879
Total-26456320500061108014281913.92.916.82.60.13.21.5206

AFLW U18 Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2021Vic Country Girls30310020220013.00.03.01.00.02.00.022
2022Vic Country Girls345398008061111311.31.713.02.70.02.70.361
Total-375429001008131149.31.310.52.30.02.50.383
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