Leagues: SANFL Women's League, AFLW U18 Championships
Grace Mulvahil is a versatile talent who has travelled to play in multiple states to chase her dream. The defender-forward can impact up either end, and having grown up as as star NTFLW player, Mulvahil has plied her trade in the SANFLW for Norwood, hoping to gain a chance at the elite level thanks to her athleticism.
Well-travelled over-ager Grace Mulvahil missed out on being selected in last year’s AFLW Draft, but determined to make the most of her football journey, made the trek south to the SANFLW. There, Mulvahil took up a role with Norwood, starting in defence for the first half of the season, then was swung forward in the last month. Though she still has to iron out her consistency, Mulvahil further supported evidence from last year that she could play at both ends.
The Northern Territory teenager averaged three rebound 50s to go with 11.5 disposals in the first four rounds. Back-to-back Norwood thumpings saw her form waiver with her team, before she came back and slotted three goals in the final term playing forward against West Adelaide. She would kick another one the following week, but the Westies game was her standout effort, also taking six marks which is an area she is continually looking to improve on.
With ball-in-hand Mulvahil is a clean user by hand or foot, and is naturally talented with her athleticism and in particular her explosiveness able to create separation on opponents. She is a competitive player in whatever role she plays, and could slot into a number of different positions should she be given the chance at the top level. Mulvahil’s consistency is still an area to work on with her run out of defence perhaps her best attribute. When forward she is less able to use her run as much, and as shown by three of her four goals coming in one quarter, has some highs and lows.
Mulvahil’s ability to adapt to different competitions and levels is an important trait to have, and she has proven that she is willing to travel to chase her dream. While her marking and consistency could still be areas for her to work on, she has some terrific athleticism and natural footballing ability that will catch the attention of some AFLW clubs.
Grace Mulvahil was the only NT-raised, South Australian-based player who has debuted at SANFLW level to play at the 2022 AFLW Under 18 Championships.
SANFL Women's League