18/04/2024

There were plenty who flew under the radar in the past weekend's action of the AFLW (Design: Will Cuckson)

The big stars got their accolades, but who flew under the radar in round five of the 2022 AFLW season?

The stars of the AFLW continued to shine in week five of the 2022 season.

However, there were still plenty who quietly put together a solid performance this past weekend. Here’s The Inner Sanctum’s underrated players from each round 5 game.

Geelong vs West Coast – Annabel Johnson (Geelong)

She’s slotted in seamlessly into this Geelong lineup and on Friday night put up a career performance in the Cats first win of 2022.

Coming into the game in solid form, she finished with career highs in disposals (12), metres gained (174 metres) and marks (five) whilst also laying four tackles.

Unfortunately her season is at an end due to a fractured foot sustained during the game, but her best performance to date helped guide Geelong to their first home win in over three years.

Brisbane vs Collingwood – Orla O’Dwyer (Brisbane)

The energetic winger has performed consistently since joining the Lions in 2020 and it was yet another energetic and consistent performance from O’Dwyer.

In blustery and humid conditions at the Maroochydore Multi-Sports Complex, she worked hard on the wing and ended the game with 13 disposals, six tackles plus 206 metres gained.

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Whilst conditions weren’t ideal for many of the players, particularly wingers, O’Dwyer’s efforts were key in the Lions thumping win over the Pies on Saturday afternoon.

Melbourne vs Gold Coast – Kalinda Howarth (Gold Coast)

The Suns dynamo has started the season in solid fashion and round 5 was no exception from Howarth.

Up against a tough Melbourne defence at Casey Fields, she provided class and composure up forward, finishing with 11 disposals, nine of those kicks, plus the final goal of the contest.

It might’ve been the Suns second loss of 2022, but Howarth and her teammates still fought to the end and showed why they’re 2-2 to begin 2022.

Western Bulldogs vs Richmond – Nell Morris-Dalton (Western Bulldogs)

After a quiet start to her 2022 campaign, Morris-Dalton put together one of her best AFLW performances to date against the Tigers. 

The last time she played Richmond in round nine of 2019 she put up career numbers, and she did the same here at Whitten Oval. By the final siren she had 14 disposals (equal career-high), nine contested possessions (career high), 232 metres gained and the first goal of the match.

Morris-Dalton now averages 14 disposals, 273 metres gained and a goal per game in her two matches vs Richmond and will be hoping to put those numbers up on a weekly basis for the rest of 2022.

Carlton vs Adelaide – Nicola Stevens (Carlton)

It was yet another rough day at Princes Park for Carlton, however Nicola Stevens provided a spark for them up forward against the Crows.

Consistently creating chances and providing run and dash, she finished with 11 disposals, six contested possessions, two tackles and two marks.

Despite being thumped by the unstoppable Adelaide team, Stevens was one who stood tall for Carlton against the top side of the competition.

Kangaroos vs Fremantle – Brooke Brown (Kangaroos)

It’s a second appearance for young Brooke Browe, who’s reinvigorated herself down back for the Kangaroos in season 2022.

After slightly quieter games against GWS and Carlton, she stood tall against a strong Freo attack, finishing with 10 disposals (all kicks) and career highs in metres gained (244) and tackles (five).

It’s been a season of growth for the ex-basketballer and down in North Hobart she continued to develop into her new role down back.

St Kilda vs West Coast – Caitlin Greiser (St Kilda)

It was full steam ahead for the G-Train down at Trevor Barker Beach Oval in the Saints heartbreaking loss to West Coast

Coming back into the side for her third game of 2022, she finished with nine disposals, two marks, plus a goal late in the second, with coach Nick Dal Santo stating he was “impressed” by her intent throughout the match.

The Saints might still be winless in season 2022, but Greiser was a major threat throughout the contest, showing why she’s a fan favourite at St Kilda.

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