18/04/2024

Kayla Dalgleish in action for the Dandenong Stingrays. (Photo: AFL Photos)

As the Coates Talent League hits the halfway point of the season, the boys from the Craft of the Draft Podcast analyse who’s making an impact.

It was a weekend of one-percenters and defensive standouts, including upsets and wet weather footy in the Talent League.

In the girls’ competition, Emma McDonald stated her case as one of the top 2006-born prospects, kicking four goals, as Oakleigh defeated the Northern Knights by 59 points.

Meanwhile, the Calder Cannons left it late against the Gippsland Power, with efforts from Kayley Kavanagh in the midfield and Amelie Marino on the wing, proving damaging around the contest.

Tunisha Kikoak continued her strong form, dominating in the ruck for Tasmania in its 37-point win against the GWV Rebels.

The Dandenong Stingrays became the first team to defeat the Eastern Ranges, with a 30-point victory at Kinetic Stadium.

Dandenong Stingray, Ruby Murdoch, was a beneficiary of her positional change, thriving off the half-back line, playing off instincts from her natural position on the wing.

The Geelong Falcons continue to flex their muscles, as strong performances from Mikah Morrissey in midfield and Caitlin Charles up forward, led an 81-point win over Murray.

In the boys’ competition, Parker Heatley showcased his natural defensive instincts to impact the contest in the Northern Knights’ 32-point win over the Oakleigh Chargers.

Amin Naim was extremely dominant in Calder’s 51-point win over Gippsland, kicking four goals as an undersized key forward.

Up in Ballarat, Tasmanian Devil, Arie Schoenmaker, dominated in his first game of 2023 with 36 disposals and a goal.

After quarter time, the GWV Rebels outscored the Devils, 56 to 5, running out 35-point winners, led by efforts from Lachie Charleson.

It was a defensive masterclass from Eastern Ranges’ Josh Tovey as the Ranges scraped over the line by a point against the Dandenong Stingrays.

Over at Avalon Airport Oval, one of the best three-disposal performances you’ll see took place as Darby Wilson kept speedy forward Tom Anastasopoulos to seven touches in Murray’s 11-point defeat to the Geelong Falcons.

To find out about more top performers with thorough analysis from the weekend, tune into the Craft of the Draft podcast with hosts Jonty Ralphsmith and Nathan Sepe.

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