AFLW Round 3: Who flew under the radar?

Sophie Abbatangelo was one of many solid yet underrated performances in the third week of AFLW action. (Photo: North Melbourne Media)

It was a round of Pride last weekend in the AFLW not just for teams, but for every player.

And whilst plenty flew their team’s flag proud, there were still those who got lost right underneath it. The Inner Sanctum’s looks at the underrated players from each Round 3 game.

Geelong vs Collingwood: Eliza James

She might have only been playing her third AFLW game, but young forward James put up a remarkable shift in the Pies win down at Geelong.

Despite the pressure the Cats put on, she showed class, composure and speed up forward. James finished with 12 disposals, 238 metres gained, as well as her first AFLW goal.

Despite being so early in her AFLW career, the talented forward showed why she’s keeping her spot in a strong Collingwood lineup.

West Coast vs Adelaide: Justine Mules

She’s been one of the Crows’ more solid performers since the inaugural AFLW season, and Mules continued her solid start to 2022.

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The hard nosed forward played a big role for Adelaide inside forward 50. Despite only finishing with eight disposals, she still kicked two goals and had three marks.

Whilst there were others who performed terrifically for the Crows, Mules was truly the definition of flying under the radar on Saturday afternoon.

Melbourne vs St Kilda – Sinead Goldrick

Another consistent performer in a strong side, Goldrick played a massive role down back in Melbourne’s romping of St Kilda.

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Given the role of shutting out the Saints best forward Kate Shierlaw, she did it with relative ease while picking up 12 disposals and 104 metres gained.

The defenders for both sides had a field day down in Casey, and it was a terrific performance for a player still young in her AFLW career.

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Richmond vs Fremantle: Gabby Seymour

It’s a second consecutive appearance in the underrated performers this week for Seymour, and it was yet another exceptional performance in a tough loss.

Up against another strong ruck in Mim Strom, she won the hit-out count 19-18. Seymour also finished with 14 disposals and nine contested possessions.

Seymour’s starting to show her potential this season after a strong 2021, with Richmond hoping she can continue it for the rest of the season.

North Melbourne vs GWS – Sophie Abbatangelo

The Kangaroos created a pressure cooker in their forward line, and Abbatangelo was right in the thick of it.

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In her second game of 2022, she didn’t kick a goal at Arden Street, but still had 11 disposals, eight contested possessions and most importantly, a career high six tackles.

It was by far the Roos and Abbatangelo’s best performance of 2022, and they’ll be looking to replicate that in the next few weeks with some challening fixtures ahead.

Brisbane vs Carlton: Lauren Brazzale

Whilst the Blues had a night to forget across the board on the Gold Coast, Brazzale stood tall in a shift down back after starting her season further up the ground.

Under siege from the Brisbane forwards and midfielders, she still charged on, finishing with 11 disposals, 10 of those kicks, plus 255 metres gained.

Carlton only had a few players who stood tall in a rough loss against the reigning premiers, and Brazzle was one of them.

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