Leagues: NAB League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships
- Hurt Factor
Appleby's strengths become immediately apparent each time she has ball in hand. She is a type whose athleticism shines through both in testing and on the field, with her top 10 20m sprint time during preseason testing translating to some serious run-and-carry. The Northern Knights standout can often be seen taking three or four running bounces along the wing, before unleashing a long kick inside 50 or even on goal. With plenty of her work done at speed, Appleby would perhaps be forgiven for being a touch less effective in her disposal. But she has proven to be a quick thinker and apt decision maker in possession, adding a touch of class to her electric bursts on the outer. Her kicks are also quite penetrative at times, able to pump the ball long down the line or deep inside attacking 50. While she certainly hurts the opposition with high impact in each disposal, the Vic Metro representative can work on doing so more often. She was touted for more minutes on the inside this season, which would have boosted her 9.5 disposal average in the NAB League, but looks a touch more comfortable when unleashed in space on the outer. In her own words, Appleby was also seeking to improve her second, third, and fourth efforts to get to as many contests as possible while developing that midfield craft. Her upside remains high, credit to eye-catching athletic traits and the knack for making exciting things happen in a flash. Clubs obviously value her speed and potential having nominated her for AFLW Academy and Draft Combine honours, and there is plenty of development left for Appleby as she strives to continue Northern's legacy of producing high-level AFLW talent.
NAB League Girls
AFLW U18 Championships
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