Leagues: AFLW, Vflw, Coates Talent League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships, AFLW U17 Championships
Keeley Skepper is a versatile midfielder who has also plied her trade in defence this season, possessing a penetrating boot and a penchant for driving the ball forward. Though at times Skepper can tidy up her decision making and composure, she is a player who has come along in leaps and bounds in that regard and produced a strong top-age year.
Keeley Skepper has one of the most powerful boots in the AFLW Draft crop, and loves to create some space and use it, playing between midfield and defence. Having developed from a midfielder into a rebounding defender, Skepper has been able to maintain consistency throughout the NAB League Girls and AFLW Under 18 Championships, where she was among the best for the Murray Bushrangers, and then earned MVP honours for Vic Country.
Though Skepper has a super boot - and a high favourability to lean towards her boot over her hands, she still has to iron out her kicking consistency. She has improved in 2022 from 2021, and the extra time and freedom coming off half-back or getting to the outside has helped with that over bursting away from a stoppage and having to rush it onto the boot. Though she can hurry her decisions and could improve her composure, Skepper still impacts the contest.
Skepper enjoys taking grass and running with the ball, and she spreads well from the contest. Now she has added playing as a defender to her repertoire, Skepper has that added versatility which will appeal to AFLW clubs. With her penetrating kick on the end of running with ball-in-hand, Skepper can be a damaging option forward of centre even if she does not pinpoint those kicks perfectly. The technique itself has great potential, it is just the decision making behind it and lowering the eyes at times.
Skepper’s 2022 season which included the MVP at the AFLW Under 18 Championships is one that she can look back on fondly and know she could not have done much more. With her traits and influence both on the inside and outside, Skepper has put herself into first round contention for the Victorian pool, and with further development, could go a lot further in her overall profile.
Keeley Skepper won the Vic Country MVP for the 2022 AFLW Under 18 Championships, backing up her effort at Under 16s level.
Coates Talent League Girls
AFLW U18 Championships
AFLW U17 Championships
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