Leagues: Vflw, NAB League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships
Tayissa Gray has some neat traits that caught the eye this season between her athleticism and run-and-carry, and good positioning playing off a wing. Though she will have to further improve her endurance to lift her accumulation numbers, Gray has a high work rate and makes the most of her touches with a high impact-per-possession style.
While twin sister Madison came in as the higher touted Gray twin given her inclusion in the Vic Country hub, Tayissa showed promising signs in her own right throughout the 2022 NAB League Girls season. Often playing off a wing, Gray was able to provide similar run and carry to her sister, while also needing to further improve her endurance and accumulation numbers.
The areas where Tayissa stood out were further afield, and able to position herself well behind the ball and take off down the ground to deliver neat passes in transition. Her scope of pinpoint accuracy is more through the short-to-medium distances, but she can kick long for distance. She played a more attacking brand than her sister when she was further afield, and tested quite well across all the athletic test. Though she does need to work on her endurance, Gray can burn off opponents with her speed and evasion.
Gray’s work rate is also quite impressive, and her traits lend themselves to play off flanks, particularly off half-back if required. Though she was able to pick off a number of passes in the back half of the ground or on a wing, Gray did only average just over a mark in the NAB League Girls. In terms of her defensive pressure and impact in the forward half of the ground, she stands on her own two feet and with further development she could be a more consistently damaging player.
Gray has a nice balance of athleticism and skill, and though Madison has the slightly more advanced and readymade game, Tayissa has the better defensive traits, averaging 3.4 tackles per game. It is that area of her profile that stands out from a lot of wingers, and while her numbers and marking ability will be a work in progress with her endurance, her defensive accountability and run and carry make her a talent.
Though not a high accumulator, Tayissa Gray only dropped below 10 touches once in the NAB League Girls season, and managed a season-high 21 disposals in Round 10 against Northern Territory whilst also laying six tackles and have six inside 50s.
NAB League Girls
AFLW U18 Championships
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