Georgia Breward was a junior star for NSW/ACT and unfortunately an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury delayed her top-age year. Taken by the Gold Coast Suns as an overager, Breward did not feature in a game before being delisted and headed back to the QAFL Women's. She has been cutting her teeth there, establishing herself as star in Southport's midfield division.
Breward averaged 24.3 disposals, 4.4 clearances, 6.3 tackles and 3.6 inside 50s in the 2023 QAFL Women's series for the Sharks, as she stepped up alongside fellow draft hopefuls, Carly Remmos and Steph O'Brien. The likes of Poppy Boltz, Caitlin Wendland (albeit after years with Central District), Darcie Davies and Lilly Pearce have already been drafted out of Southport in the past 12 months, and Breward would be a good shout to follow suit.
The former Gold Coast Suns Academy member is a well-balanced inside midfielder with the skills and decision making you need on the inside, as well as the defensive pressure to-boot. She is a consistent player throughout each of her games, knows how to find the ball and execute alongside teammates who are not short on talent themselves. She earned league-wide honours by being named in the starting midfield of the QAFL Women's Team of the Year, and went on to win the Audrey Fankhauser Medal - Southport's Best and Fairest - ahead of her Zielke Medal-winning teammate O'Brien.
At 163cm, the knock might be on her size to play an inside role at AFLW level, but plenty have done, and continue to do so at the moment. The best aspect about Breward is the fact that she could play other roles with her traits, and though her aerial ability - along with an increased element of hitting the scoreboard - could improve, she is more than capable of making the step up.
- Decision making
- Footy IQ
- Defensive pressure
- Inside game
- Scoreboard impact
- Aerial ability
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