Grace Matser has been developing nicely for Gippsland Power having played at V/Line Cup level and progressed through to the Under 19s side.
- Footy IQ
- Ruck work
- Work rate
- Decision making
To appreciate what Grace Matser does well, you have to almost isolate her performance, as there are plenty of things the ruck does that might otherwise go unnoticed. Her deft taps at ground level under pressure or decisions that might not earn her a statistic or highlight, help teammates around the ground, but then there is her rare ability to use the ball well in transition.
Always towering over her opponents, the tall is arguably the smartest ruck in the Victorian draft pool. Being a left-footer, Matser is able to hit targets and move well, outsizing her opponents and making her difficult to match up on. Her footy IQ is high, and it helps with her decision making in transition looking down the field.
The knock on Matser is her marking, with talls often judged whether they can pull down big grabs, and this is the most pressing area of improvement for Matser. She can bring the ball to ground and competes hard in the air, but it is sticking those marks when going forward, or being that hit-up target at half-back that could take her game to another level. Her work with the ball, and around the stoppages is among the best going around, and once she is able to add that contested marking string to her bow, she will be all the more damaging.
A ruck that can not only find the ball, but use it well in transition and work hard at ground level to lock the ball up and force a stoppage is rare. Matser does just this, and she knows that more often than not, her ability to win the ruck tap will earn her teammates first possession.
As one of the few rucks that have stood out for the NAB League clubs, Matser is a point of difference with her footy smarts and disposal.