17/04/2024

There were plenty of young stars who put together a solid yet quiet contribution in Round 6 of the AFLW season (Design: Will Cuckson)

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

In a round with plenty of surprises, there were many who stood up and shone for their teams.

But there were those who still performed admirably and didn’t get the recognition they deserved. Here are The Inner Sanctum’s underrated players from each Week 6 game.

Gold Coast vs Geelong – Daisy D’Arcy (Gold Coast)

She consistently puts together solid performances down back for the Suns and it was a similar story against the Cats for D’Arcy.

Applying plenty of pressure and gaining plenty of the ball in the match, D’Arcy finished with an equal career-high 11 disposals, 154 metres gained as well as seven tackles.

It’s been a good couple of weeks for D’Arcy and the Suns and she’ll be looking to continue that form if the Suns are to play finals footy for the first time.

Richmond vs Kangaroos – Isabella Eddey (Kangaroos)

It’s been a great second year so far for young Isabella Eddey and she continued that form in the Kangaroos win at Punt Road Oval.

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Always providing a target whenever the Roos rebounded from their defensive 50 and helping out on the inside, she finished with six marks, 13 disposals, plus two clearances.

The Kangaroos have now won their last four games this season and Eddey has been one of their key players during this run of form.

Melbourne vs GWS – Megan Fitzsimon (Melbourne)

It’s been a breakthrough year for Fitzsimon in a strong Melbourne lineup and she continued her rich run of form at Casey Fields last Saturday.

Whilst she didn’t finish with many disposals on the day (a career-low seven), she provided constant pressure up forward and finished with a career and game-high nine tackles.

Fitzsimon has shown her potential for the Demons in this current campaign, and she’ll look to continue that form as the Demons head to another finals campaign.

Fremantle vs Carlton – Dana East (Fremantle)

It’s another appearance for the first-year player, with East starting to make a name for herself in a strong Fremantle midfield.

After a slight drop in form in recent weeks, she came back and played her best game to date against Carlton, finishing with a career-high 13 disposals, eight contested possessions, six tackles, and two clearances.

She’s played her role for the Dockers in their strong midfield this year, and her role will continue to be key as they march towards the finals.

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St Kilda vs Brisbane – Rhiannon Watt (St Kilda)

She’s fought hard this year for the Saints, and it was a similar story for the experienced Watt on Sunday afternoon against the reigning premiers.

Providing a good chop out for Leah Cutting in the ruck and working hard in each contest, Watt finished with a season-high 10 disposals, six contested possessions, and a career-high six tackles.

While it was yet more heartbreak for St Kilda down at Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Watt showed more glimpses of her talent against the red-hot Lions.

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West Coast vs Collingwood – Charlotte Thomas (West Coast)

Thomas has been in good form in recent games for the Eagles and she continued that form against one of the tougher sides in the competition.

Working hard and consistently providing a target as well as using her football nous, she finished with 13 disposals, an equal career-high eight contested possessions, three tackles plus a career-high five marks.

It was a rough loss to a rampant Magpies lineup for the Eagles, but Thomas continued showing her potential back home at Mineral Resources Park.

Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs – Hannah Munyard (Adelaide)

Despite a heartbreaking loss to the Bulldogs at Adelaide’s Norwood home, Hannah Munyard played one of her best games in an Adelaide shirt.

Up against her former side on a hot Sunday arvo, she put up career highs in disposals (12), handballs (seven) & marks (four). She also kicked the first goal for the Crows in a high octane first quarter.

She showed glimpses of her potential in the Crows’ first loss of the season and Munyard will be looking to continue that heading into the second half of 2022.

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