14/04/2024

Georgia Clark was a force to be reckoned with up forward in the Devils thumping win over the Pioneers. (Photo: Tasmania Devils/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 9 of the NAB League Girls?

It was another big weekend of results last weekend in the NAB League Girls.

But despite some stars representing Vic Metro and Vic Country, there were still plenty who stood up in their absence. Here’s The Inner Sanctum’s top five performers from Round 9 of the NAB League Girls season.

Georgia Clark (Tasmania Devils) vs Bendigo Pioneers

Not many can say they had multiple four plus goal and 20 plus disposal games during a season. However, Georgia Clark is one exception after another stellar performance in North Hobart.

She obliterated the Pioneers’ defence, finishing with four goals (plus four behinds), 24 disposals, 17 kicks, nine marks, four inside 50s, and four tackles.

Clark might find it challenging against the Stingrays this coming week, but she’ll look to prove herself as the Devils look to make finals this year.

Lili Condon (GWV Rebels) vs Western Jets

Condon had one of, if not her, best performances of 2021 at Mars Stadium last Saturday.

Dominating on the inside in a true captain’s game, she had season-highs in disposals (31), tackles (13), kicks (24) & inside 50s (five). 

The Rebels’ season may be coming to a close this weekend, but she’ll look to continue her strong end to the season at Trevor Barker Beach Oval against the Dragons.

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Lucia Painter (Bendigo Pioneers) vs Tasmania Devils

Not often do players whose sides have conceded 100+ points in a game have a strong performance. But once more, Painter is an exception to this.

If it weren’t for her performance the Pioneers would’ve been in a much worse position as she finished with season highs in disposals (28), kicks (22), an equal-season high four marks, plus a competition season-high 16 rebound 50s.

She has put up solid numbers this year, particularly the last few weeks, but in North Hobart she had her best of the year.

Izzy Khoury (Eastern Ranges) vs Geelong Falcons

Another terrific performance from Khoury who continues to shine this season in a strong Ranges midfield.

Has stepped up in the absence of Bridget Deed and finished with season-highs in disposals (31) and kicks (22) along with four tackles, three marks, five inside 50s and a goal in the final quarter at Waurn Ponds.

Khoury’s going to have a big role not just this week against the Jets in Healesville, but when finals come along for her and the Ranges.

Zarlie Goldsworthy (Murray Bushrangers) vs Gippsland Power

It’s yet another appearance in this column for Goldsworthy, who has well and truly made a name for herself at the Bushrangers.

Up against the winless Power she had similar numbers to her last game against the Pioneers, finishing with 27 disposals, 25 of which were kicks, nine tackles, eight marks and two goals.

She continues to bolt her way up the draft rankings week after week, and will look to continue to produce that in what might be the Bushrangers final game this weekend at Highgate once more.

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