Leagues: NAB League Girls
Jasmine Fleming is arguably the top AFLW Draft prospect that is flying cooly under the radar. The dual sports star who not only took up Australian rules but maintains her cricketing talent - following in the footsteps of her father, Australian cricket legend Damien - Fleming has some remarkably natural footballing talent. The teenager only made her debut for Oakleigh Chargers in the final round of the NAB League Girls season, dominating against the competition's wooden spooners in Gippsland Power. But what she showed was her athleticism and elite kicking technique, announcing herself to the competition. She would miss the first week of finals, but went on to play the preliminary final and then grand final, winning a premiership in just her third game. Despite her relative inexperience compared to others on the field, Fleming averaged 20.0 touches, 4.0 tackles, 3.7 inside 50s and a goal a game in what was a dazzling three-game stint.
What makes Fleming standout from others is her ability to attack the hard or loose ball, have those first few steps away from the contest to create separation, or weave with a killer sidestep to ankle-break anyone standing in her way. Then, Fleming is able to dish off with a lovely pinpoint pass inside 50. From a pure talent and traits perspective, Fleming is right up there with the best possible players in next year's AFLW Draft crop. The big question marks will be whether she maintains that on an extended run of games, and of course, choosing football at the elite level. She has the talent, and whilst might still be raw in some instances, she has such a developed game from a ball-winning and ball-disposing point of view, that it is hard not to see Fleming being a highly sought-after talent in 2022.