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Ella Roberts

height: 175cm


D.O.B: 17-12-2004

Leagues: AFLW U19 Championships

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Peel Thunder’s Ella Roberts is the leading pick one candidate for the 2022 AFL Women’s Draft. Having burst onto the scene as a 15-year-old kicking multiple goals to lead the Thunder to a WAFL Women’s flag in 2020, the young star is nothing short of eye-catching with her combination of athleticism and creativity. Starting her career as a tall forward, Roberts has proven she can play further up the ground, but it is her elite speed, ground level work and off-the-charts footy IQ that make her Rookie Me Central’s top pick for 2022.


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Unlike many tall forwards, Roberts also does the defensive things well, with high-level aggression and great endeavour at both the ball and the opponent. She is not afraid to put her body on the line when it counts, and can do the fundamentals well, and the unbelievable even better. With a Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award to her name in her bottom-age Under 19s carnival, Roberts is already a household name amongst anyone who has kept track of the 2021 national carnival. Expect her to remain as one of the most anticipated youngsters for either West Coast or Fremantle, with her athleticism and smarts the two outstanding traits.

With all these eye-catching traits, just how can Roberts add to her game? Well for a player of Roberts' quality it is more about just adding extra strings to her bow, rather than anything drastic. She has played outside either along a wing or as a high or deep forward. One area she can increase her game sense in is inside midfield, starting at the stoppages. She has the defensive prowess and tenacity to win the contested ball, and her ability to win it at ground level or in the air is well noted. But with her 175cm size, she is an ideal size to play inside and really burst away from stoppages and still hit the scoreboard going forward.

Both West Coast and Fremantle would be eyeing off the talented tall who remarkably still has a year to run before she is draft-eligible in 2022. Having already shone above many older opponents, it is anticipated that Roberts will continue to develop her game in a number of ways. In 2022, it would not be surprising to see Roberts become a key feature of Western Australia’s midfield, though she is equally as damaging as a lead-up forward.

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