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Amber Clarke

height: 169cm

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D.O.B: 22-12-2004

Leagues: NAB League Girls, AFLW U19 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 and blitzed 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. An AFLW Academy member, Clarke is ready for a big year after injury curtailed her NAB League Girls and Under 19 Championships campaign.

Clarke has plenty of eye-catching trains on-field and it is hard to miss her when she gets the ball. Always looking to take the game on and tuck the ball under her arm, Clarke is not afraid to back herself and worry the opposition. Once she gets goal side, Clarke is hard to stop. Naturally, along with her speed, Clarke also has high-level agility and evasion, to be able to turn opponents on a dime and create more scoring opportunities for not just herself, but her teammates.

Starting as a defender in her first season as and Under 16s player, Clarke pushed up the ground to record more inside 50s than rebound 50s in her three short games. She was able to play aggressively due to the strength of the Stingrays' list, but averaged an impressive 12.3 disposals and 3.0 marks. She is capable overhead, but more so at ground level, and she applies enough defensive pressure to showcase her two-way running. In 2021, Clarke went forward permanently, where she slotted 10 goals in six games for the Stingrays, often getting behind her opponent and then blitzing them in a sprint.

At times, Clarke would win free kicks for being held, such was her opponents' worry about getting away. Her natural speed tends to have her opponent with eyes for her all the time, allowing Clarke to focus on the ball wherever she plays. It is anticipated Clarke will round out her forward time with more of a midfield role in 2022, a position she played in stints in 2021. She averaged 18.2 disposals, 2.3 marks, 4.3 inside 50s and 1.7 goals as well as her four tackles per game, making her such a well-round prospect.

Amber Clarke is an exciting, speedy talent to watch, and someone who is hard to contain when she tucks the ball under her arm and goes. She can play back, forward or midfield, and expect the latter to be where she hones her craft in her top-age year. Having been only exposed to a short time at Under 19s Championships level due to injury in the first game, Clarke will be raring to prove herself against the nation’s best players, and will be one to watch in 2022.

NAB League Girls

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2020Dandenong Stingrays29837900110085039.72.712.33.00.03.70.050
2021Dandenong Stingrays84251091400240026310614.04.218.22.30.04.01.777
Total-113331462300350034810912.63.716.22.60.03.91.1127

AFLW U19 Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2021Vic Country Girls30310020220013.00.03.01.00.02.00.022
Total-30310020220013.00.03.01.00.02.00.022
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