Leagues: NAB League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships, AFLW U17 Championships
Brooke Plummer is a player capable of generating enormous drive on the outside with her willingness to run-and-carry, and boot the ball long. Coming into her top-age season as one to watch out of the Northern Knights, she finished among the region’s most valuable players in 2022 and presented terrific leadership attributes on and off the field.
A real runner and gunner, Brooke Plummer has made her name with an abundantly clear gamestyle which suits her greatest strengths to a t. Capable of snatching plenty of territory with her run-and-carry, the Northern Knights top-ager often caps off her work with booming kicks to compound that metres gained effect.
Plummer's kick first mentality has been evident throughout her junior career. Across three NAB League campaigns, the 17-year-old has not dipped below a kick-to-handball percentage of 84, meaning she weaponises that part of her game and really relies on it to pump the ball into dangerous areas of the ground.
Her ability to drive forward on the outside made for plenty of strong games on the wing for Northern, before shifting into Vic Metro's defence. There, she continued the pattern of going by foot (93 per cent of the time) and was often tasked with kick-in duties from the last line.
Another impressive, almost intangible part of Plummer's game is her character. A competitive type, she leads with her voice and played a couple of handy shutdown roles for Metro. Most notably, she blanketed gun South Australian underager Georgia McKee in game three, adding defence-minded string to her ultra attacking bow.
Around the ground, Plummer also proved a handy overhead marker throughout the NAB League season. She averaged over four per game to make it a handy tool, but will certainly need to lift her tackling output of around one per game if she is to find a home down back - even as a more attacking defender, and if she wins one-on-ones.
Also in the improvement column is Plummer's decision making. She wants the ball in her hands and will back herself to hit the right pass, but was sometimes guilty of holding the ball up for too long on a mark or free kick, when her side could have benefitted from a quick disposal to keep play flowing.
Overall, clubs will clearly know what they are going to get should they put faith in Plummer via the draft. She can break the lines with carry and kicks, suiting the role of a true winger or running defender, with scope to improve her speed of play and defensive acts.
Of those to play three games at this year’s Under 18 National Championships, Plummer boasted the highest kick-to-handball percentage (93.3), while finishing with the lowest percentage of clanger kicks (3.6).
NAB League Girls
AFLW U18 Championships
|2022||Vic Metro Girls||28||2||30||5||0||0||3||0||0||2||12||0||3||9.3||0.7||10.0||1.7||0.0||1.0||0.0||40|
AFLW U17 Championships
|2021||Vic Metro U17s||11||6||17||2||0||0||1||0||2||7||3||0||2||5.5||3.0||8.5||1.0||0.0||0.5||0.0||37|