30/05/2024

Amin Naim celebrating a goal for the Calder Cannons (Photo: AFL Photos)

It was a big week of Talent League footy as many put their best foot forward to be selected in the next round of the National Championships.

In the girls’ competition, bottom-ager, Grace Belloni, impressed for the Ranges, kicking two goals and using the ball effectively transitioning inside 50, as the Ranges continue to flex their muscles.

Calder Cannons have a potential superstar on their hands with 2007-born prospect, Jade McLay.

McLay showcased how powerful her drive is out of the stoppage, with a booming kick that may be the longest in the Talent League.

Sandringham won their third game of a row against Gippsland, led by Emily Gough, who played an impressive role at half-back to push her case for a spot in Vic Metro’s first game.

Western Jets recorded their first win of the season, led by Tamara Henry at high half-forward, who was prominent with her tackle pressure and effective ball use.

Dandenong took care of the GWV Rebels up in Ballarat, with the bottom-age prospect Zoe Besanko having a breakout game with four goals.

Amelie Gladman kicked NINE Goals for the Oakleigh Chargers, setting a new Talent League record in the girls’ competition.

Meanwhile, Chantal Mason rocketed in to first in goals kicked in the Talent League, booting another six goals against Tasmania.

In the boys’ competition, the GWV Rebels defeated Dandenong by 33 points, having 18 more scoring shots on the day.

Sandringham mounted a massive last-quarter effort to defeat Gippsland by 35 points, with Luke Lloyd reminding recruiters of his potential with four goals, whilst also leading the competition in marking.

Amin Naim kicked four of his finest for the Calder Cannons as they continue to show why they’re a serious threat in 2023.

Fellow Cannon and bottom-ager Jayden Nguyen is continuing to become a complete player, as the winger was effective with ball in hand and hitting the scoreboard.

In Wangaratta, the Western Jets came back from a 30-point deficit to defeat Murray by 16 points.

Lachie McArthur returned to the Jets for the first time since the community break, playing well on highly regarded prospect, Connor O’Sullivan.

The Northern Knights dominated Bendigo, with Kristian Ferronato tallying an impressive return game with 33 disposals and a goal.

Concluding Round 11, Tasmania and Geelong played out a thriller with the Devils winning by a goal.

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