Leagues: SANFL Women's League, AFLW, AFLW U18 Championships
Ella Boag is an eye-catching winger with high-level speed and a strong competitiveness, able to hit targets on the outside and provide plenty of run-and-carry down the field. Though she has to continue to improve her composure under pressure and up her inside game, she is one who has come on in leaps and bounds the last 12 months.
One of the most impressive risers in the South Australian pool is damaging winger, Ella Boag. The Glenelg talent has come on in leaps and bounds since starting in the SANFLW Development League at the beginning of the season, earning her place in the League side and never losing it. Her feats catapulted her into SA's AFLW Under 18 Championships team, where she carried that form as a smooth-moving outside talent.
Boag has some really draftable qualities that catch the eye. Her kicking can be quite impressive when she has time and space, and her efficiency at SANFLW level attests to this fact. She still has to adjust a touch when it comes to kicking under pressure, relating back to composure, as that is where she can tend to rush and turn it over. However she has a lot kick clanger rate, which indicates even under pressure, Boag can put it in the right spots to advantage teammates.
Boag has specialised as a winger this season, but has also been trialled off flanks, with her Round 12 performance against North Adelaide earning her a Breakthrough Player nomination when she took up Sarah Goodwin’s role at half-back. She has the athletic traits - most notably the speed - to be an effective ball user from the back half, whilst also having the competitiveness to play run-with roles such as against Shineah Goody on debut. Boag can nullify a direct opponent, while also impacting offensively, which makes her a dual threat, and anyone who can run with Goody for a game has to have a high work rate.
Overall, Boag has come from a player who might not have been high up in draft calculations, to being in the mid-draft section due to her upside. She is not necessarily a high ball-winner yet, but clubs will be looking at Boag for her traits, and potential improvement, which will come with time.
Ella Boag recorded the second highest long kick percentage of any South Australian AFLW Draft Combine invitee, with 42.9 per cent of her kicks deemed long.
SANFL Women's League
AFLW U18 Championships
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