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Lauren Wakfer

height: 180cm

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D.O.B: 23-04-2004

Leagues: WAFL Women's, AFLW, AFLW U18 Championships

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Lauren Wakfer is one of the most exciting talls in this year’s AFLW Draft. The South Fremantle ruck is able to cover plenty of the ground and accumulate large numbers of statistics, whilst having a big influence at the ruck stoppages. Though Wakfer has a few areas to sharpen up, overall she has plenty of upside for the future.

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All-Australian ruck Lauren Wakfer has a habit of stuffing the stats sheet. The West Australian talent from the AFLW Academy is able to be like a fourth midfielder at times with her ability to win the ball at the stoppage and then dispose of it quickly. She also covers the ground really well, works hard defensively and then can present well up forward, whilst having nice athleticism to-boot, to make her the second best AFLW Draft prospect in Western Australia.

Wakfer is not quite the finished product, but she is getting there, achieving noticeable development in the past 12 months to have more influence on games than she did previously. At South Fremantle, Wakfer takes advantage of less mobile rucks, and though she can sometimes be outbodied one-on-one, she will almost always have a better leap than her opponent. This helps her take control at the stoppages, and her ruck craft is very impressive.

Aside from her strength which will continue to improve at the elite level once she has more development under her belt, Wakfer also needs to iron out her disposal consistency. She can sometimes lean back on her kicks and semi-rush them even when not under pressure, which is an area that can be adapted. When playing on instinct, Wakfer is generally a better field kick in play, then when she has time to assess options. Overall it is not a major concern, but more an area that the Bulldogs ruck can further improve.

As a whole though, Wakfer has a lot going for her, and it showed with her impressive, well-balanced stat sheet across the national championships. She earned the All-Australian ruck spot and has been among the top rucks in the WAFLW each and every week this season. With her ability to find space around the ground, present as an option and win plenty of the ball, Wakfer does a lot of the hard things right.

FUN FACT:

Of all the rucks in the AFLW Under 18 Championships (10 hitouts or more), Wakfer lead all-comers in disposals, hitouts, tackles, clearances, inside 50s and rebound 50s, such was her influence on each game.

Strengths
Accumulation
Athleticism
Contested marking
Ruck craft
Scoreboard impact
Vertical leap
Work rate
Improvements
Disposal consistency
Strength

WAFL Women's

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2022South Fremantle812810922004113402503810.13.513.62.816.85.10.471
Total-812810922004113402503810.13.513.62.816.85.10.471

AFLW

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
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Total-000000000000000000000

AFLW U18 Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2021Western Australia Girls1318315001636273034.36.010.31.712.05.30.050
2022Western Australia Girls24133720018581177038.04.312.30.719.36.00.072
Total-3731687003494131410066.25.211.31.215.75.70.0122
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