Leagues: AFLW, Coates Talent League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships
Imogen Evans is an all-round talent with neat skills, an inside and outside balance, strength overhead and at ground level, and provides strong defensive pressure. When playing as a midfielder she is able to rack up the ball well, and spread to the outside, with her main improvement to be four-quarter consistency, whilst potentially adding an explosive element to her athletic profile.
Perhaps one of the more underrated players because her numbers do not always jump off the page, is Queensland’s Imogen Evans. Moving to Bond University this season to play top-level QAFLW football, the Gold Coast Suns Academy captain is a player with next to no flaws in her footballing game.
When talking about her footballing game, it is in reference to all her natural traits. Evans has clean hands, a great technical kick that hits targets over multiple distances, is not afraid to go inside, or stay outside, and covers the ground with ease. She is strong overhead and at ground level, and is a high-volume tackler, making her an all-round prospect.
All that being said, the couple of areas that have her a touch below the elite prospects in the draft, is that she is still ironing out her four-quarter consistency, and she is also not the quickest player going around. Though utilising power and strength to be able to exit stoppages, she does not have that explosiveness that some inside midfielders have, but in saying that, she covers the ground better than most with a high-level endurance and footy smarts that allow her to get into ball-winning spots quicker than most without needing that breakaway speed.
What Evans offers far outweighs what she does not, and realistically with ball-in-hand she does not make many mistakes. She is neat, clean and hard-at-it, able to burrow in and shovel it out to teammates, or receive the ball and dispose of it down the field well. A natural inside midfielder, Evans can play in other roles, and though she does not win as much of the footy in those roles, she will always compete. Evans is a member of the Suns Academy and they should have no problems calling out her name at the AFLW Draft.
Imogen Evans missed around nine months of football due to residing in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, missing out on the AFLW Under 17 Championships clashes with Brisbane Lions Academy. Upon return, Evans made up for lost time, stepping up in her second game for the year against Oakleigh Chargers racking up 22 disposals, five marks, five tackles and booting a goal in a big win.
Coates Talent League Girls
AFLW U18 Championships