Leagues: AFLW, AFLW U18 Championships
Tess Cattle is a tough inside midfield prospect who thrives on the contested ball, but also uses it well by foot. Able to crack in and provide a contest with her defensive pressure and strength, Cattle is one of a number of NSW-ACT prospects in the draft frame. Her athleticism and speed are areas she needs to continue to improve, but her natural footballing ability earned her an AFLW Draft Combine invite.
Tess Cattle is a tough inside midfielder who thrives on the contested situations and at the coalface, winning 77.8 per cent of her possessions there throughout her two games at the 2022 AFLW Under 18 Championships. Cattle is a member of the GIANTS Academy and after six disposals for NSW-ACT against the Allies, she stepped up to play one more game, recording nine touches and laying six tackles against Queensland.
Coming through AFL Canberra, Cattle has been one of the better Ainslie Tricolours standouts this season in the limited games she has played, also hitting the scoreboard to accompany her midfield work. As someone who can play in a variety of roles - including defence, Cattle has ensured no box has been left unticked in her search to reach the top level. Though, her athleticism, and in particular her speed will be a question mark, with Cattle not an explosive or evasive player.
The NSW-ACT representative does have power and strength on her side, able to compete with bigger opponents inside the contest, and is able to find the ball herself at ground level. She is not the type of player to be used in transition, but more so as someone who can provide pressure and either mop up or give off to a teammate with a neat, short, sharp kick. Her kicking at the championships was generally reliable, and considering her high rate of contested work, showed she is able to still dispose of it cleanly under pressure.
Cattle has that high defensive work rate about her as well, and though her endurance is another area that can improve - as well as her aerial ability, Cattle does her best work at ground level. Be it winning the ball or tackling an opponent, the AFL Canberra talent is able to be a strong force at the clinches and play a role for any side. She is another over-age NSW-ACT prospect who earned a draft combine invite.
Of every player to have at least six kicks at the 2022 AFLW Under 18 Championships, Tess Cattle was the only player to record at least 75 per cent in both her efficiency and contested rate.
AFLW U18 Championships