Leagues: NAB League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships
A lively carrier of the ball up forward, Heidi Woodley shot into AFLW Draft contention on the back of promising late-season form which earned her representative honours. The Calder Cannons talent possesses eye-catching speed and given the relative lack of top-level exposure she’s experienced, is a prospect with high upside.
Heidi Woodley's rise to earn an AFLW Draft combine invite has been steep, with the Calder Cannons product making the most of important late-season appearances. After getting injured in an otherwise promising Round 1 debut, the 17-year-old quickly got into the swing of things upon returning to NAB League Girls action, and was soon called up for representative duties.
Having come in as a relative unknown compared to many of Vic Metro's midfield stars, Woodley found her spot up forward and caught the eye credit to her willingness to take the game on. With speed and slick evasive technique, the 169cm talent looked up to the level and has some exciting traits to work with.
Whether it be breaking away from congestion or using the space in front of her in transition, Woodley is difficult to catch. She often looks to be attacking in possession, driving her legs forward and snatching valuable meterage before finishing with a kick. Though her end product could do with some polish over time, the raw potential is there and makes her a promising type.
With scope to rotate strongly through midfield or move out to a wing, Woodley has a good amount of upside. In her last four NAB League games, she proved her ability to produce strong numbers across the board and finished with a season-high effort of 25 disposals, six tackles, five inside 50s and a goal against Northern in the repechage round. She built into her top-age campaign nicely and still has plenty of room to develop, making her a prospective option for AFLW clubs to consider.
After suffering an injury in Round 1 and making her way back in Round 7, Woodley’s last four NAB League Girls outings saw her average 22.3 disposals, 5.0 tackles, 4.8 inside 50s, and a goal every other game.
NAB League Girls
AFLW U18 Championships
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