Mia Van Dyke
Leagues: Vflw, NAB League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships, AFLW U17 Championships
Mia Van Dyke is an athletic tall who can play a variety of positions across the field from defence to attack and even on a wing. Her kicking skills and decision making are good, as well as her aerial prowess. She does need to be able to do it more consistently and have a higher production rate, but what she has shown in moments has earned her an AFLW Draft Combine invite.
Mia Van Dyke is one of those rare players capable of playing on all three lines if required. Though having predominantly settled in defence for the Geelong Falcons in 2022, Van Dyke has also played forward, and on a wing, not too dissimilar to her predecessor Ingrid Houtsma who was also a good size and capable of slotting in across the board. Van Dyke is a little taller than Houtsma at 176cm, and though not quite as consistent across the year, she has some traits that naturally catch the eye.
Van Dyke is a fairly athletic player for a tall, and she is incredibly smart when it comes to reading the ball in flight. She can judge it well and position herself for the mark up either end, then generally use it well by hand or kick long by foot. She is a player who, when given the opportunity, can do a lot of damage in transition, but simply just needs to find it more and impact a game more consistently.
Having come through the Geelong Falcons pathway at V/Line Cup and then as an Under 16s talent and bottom-ager, Van Dyke was always touted as an incredibly naturally gifted youngster. Though she has not quite ironed out that consistency, her traits are what really standout to spectators when out on the field. She can win the ball in the air or on the deck, but she is more potent when able to intercept, and then run out of defence. When in attack she can provide a target, and has a nice burst of speed on the lead.
Going forward, Van Dyke is the type of player one would like to see develop through having more match time against senior bodies. She will have to add greater strength to compete against the stronger forwards of the AFLW, but should have many of them covered once the ball hits the ground. Her decision making and footy smarts will help her develop in the future and will be one to consider for the AFLW Draft.
Mia Van Dyke averaged at least one rebound 50 and a mark in each of her NAB League Girls games as her disposal average lifted in 2022 from 7.8 to 10.5 disposals, switching from the forward half of the ground to the defensive end.
|2022||Geelong Cats VFLW||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
NAB League Girls
AFLW U18 Championships
|2022||Vic Country Girls||10||0||10||3||0||0||5||0||1||1||2||0||2||5.0||0.0||5.0||1.5||0.0||2.5||0.0||23|
AFLW U17 Championships
|2021||Vic Country U17s||12||3||15||3||0||0||5||0||2||1||0||2||2||6.0||1.5||7.5||1.5||0.0||2.5||1.0||36|