Leagues: NAB League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships
A prolific dual-sport athlete who hails from elite sporting pedigree, Jasmine Fleming has taken little time to stamp her name as one of Victoria’s top AFLW Draft prospects. The Oakleigh Chargers standout was a secret weapon during her side’s triumphant NAB League finals campaign last year, showcasing a unique mix of skill and athleticism.
One of the more eye-catching prospects in this year's AFLW Draft pool is Jasmine Fleming, a wonderfully athletic midfielder with weaponous kicking ability. Having made her name among the Oakleigh Chargers' 2021 premiership side, Fleming took over as the region's top prospect this year as an AFLW Academy member and standout in the Vic Metro squad.
Regarded among the top 10 players nationwide, there are clear strengths she offers, but also a bunch of developable areas given her relative lack of exposure. The talented dual-sport athlete, who has left the door open to cricket, only made her NAB League debut late last season and has played a touch less than other top talents. She is currently nursing an MCL sprain in her right knee, which saw her sit out the draft combine testing.
Fleming says she enjoys watching the likes of Monique Conti and Patrick Dangerfield, and it is little wonder why given their shared traits. The 17-year-old has the accumulation factor of Conti, running ragged for repeat efforts and making good decisions with ball in hand, while also displaying a turn of speed and goalkicking ability similar to Dangerfield.
From midfield, there is hardly a weapon more dangerous that Fleming's right-foot kicking, as she is able to penetrate and pinpoint targets on the fly. Having played off half-back growing up, her ability to see the game in front of her is exceptional, though she can sometimes run herself into trouble by taking on too much with her explosive speed.
That kind of composure is one improvement area for Fleming, and she is also working on being more effective by hand under pressure, while making her left-foot just as much of an asset as her dominant right. Overall though, her athletic traits and skillset allow her to be effective in multiple positions. She proved as much this year; dominating both ways in midfield, kicking three goals with a move forward in Round 6, and racking up a season-high 29 touches from half-back in Round 7.
Looking towards the draft, Fleming is a young athlete with the world at her feet. She is excited about the path football is taking her down at the moment, but has the name and talent to also forge a career in cricket should she wish. As the ultimate professional and competitor who seeks to get the best out of herself, she has made grand strides in such a short time and has terrific upside for the future.
In a remarkable show of consistency, Fleming’s disposal output sat between 21-29 throughout her six NAB League Girls games in 2022, having also ticked over 20 touches in two of her three bottom-aged outings last year.
NAB League Girls
AFLW U18 Championships
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