19/05/2024

Alisha Molesworth played one of her best games in a Gippsland Power shirt in their loss to the Eastern Ranges. (Photo: Gippsland Power/Facebook)

There’s a wealth of young stars across Victoria and Tasmania vying to be selected in this year’s AFLW Draft, but who were the best of them in Round 7 of the NAB League Girls?

The NAB League Girls season is starting to slowly come to a close, with plenty of girls putting up strong performances to finish their years on a high.

But who had the strongest games in the past weekend of action? Here’s The Inner Sanctum’s top five performers of Round 7 of the NAB League Girls season.

Keeley Hardingham (Geelong Falcons) vs GWV Rebels

It’s a second consecutive appearance for Hardingham after playing a major role in the Falcons’ thumping win over the Rebels.

Whilst Hardingham had 25 disposals, 16 kicks, 13 hit outs, three rebound 50s, four marks and six tackles, her forward prowess was on show as well, kicking a goal and getting the ball inside 50 six times.

Geelong has the bye this coming weekend, which will give Hardingham a bit more time to prepare for two massive clashes against the Eastern Ranges and Bendigo Pioneers at home.

Named on the Cats’ VFLW development list, she may get her chance against senior women this weekend.

Jasmine Fleming (Oakleigh Chargers) vs Gold Coast Academy

Fleming’s stunning season for the Chargers continued on Sunday afternoon, this time against an interstate side.

Whilst she didn’t have the forward impact she had last week against the Rebels, her stoppage work was impeccable once more. She finished with 29 disposals, 10 tackles, three inside 50s and four rebound 50s.

Fleming will need to be on her A-game on Thursday night, as the Chargers travel down to Seaford to face the unbeaten Stingrays.

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Zarlie Goldsworthy (Murray Bushrangers) vs Bendigo Pioneers

It’s a record third consecutive appearance for Goldsworthy in this column, who continues to put up unbelievable numbers.

This week she had game-highs against the Pioneers in disposals (27), kicks (21), tackles (14) and marks (four, equal game-high), plus six inside 50s.

The Bushrangers are pushing hard for finals this year, and first-year player Goldsworthy will have a huge role in helping them make it.

Hailing from the border, Victorian and New South Wales teams will be anxiously waiting to see which draft zone she nominates for.

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Goldsworthy looks on against the Falcons. (Photo: Murray Bushrangers/Facebook)

Alisha Molesworth (Gippsland Power) vs Eastern Ranges

It’s been a quiet season for Molesworth in 2022, but against one of the top sides in Churchill she exploded.

Throughout the contest she was a major presence on the inside, finishing with 21 disposals (equal game-high) plus the second-highest tackle count this NAB League Girls season of 18.

Gippsland’s season might be coming to a close, but she’ll look to keep putting up figures like these to prove she can make it to the big time.

A part of Hawthorn’s AFLW Academy, she’ll look to continue her development through the championships heading into the draft in hopes of joining the Hawks’ inaugural side.

Molly Walton (GWV Rebels) vs Geelong Falcons

Following up from her appearance in The Top Five last week, Walton played a big role at City Oval against a strong Falcons side.

She had similar figures from last week against Oakleigh, finishing with game-highs in disposals (29), kicks (26) and rebound 50s (seven).

Walton also had two inside 50s, four tackles and three marks, and she’ll look to continue putting up numbers like that in GWV’s final two games.

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