27/02/2024

Bridget Deed has been in remarkable form in 2022 and she continued that form against the Oakleigh Chargers (Image: Eastern Ranges/Instagram)

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 5 of the NAB League?

The 2022 NAB League Girls season is in full swing, with plenty of players staking their claim to be drafted come winter.

And there’s been no lack of stars for each team every round, including this past weekend. Here’s The Inner Sanctum’s top five performers from Round 5 of the NAB League Girls season.

Georgia Clark (Tasmania Devils) vs Northern Knights

The Tassie Devils continued their good form in 2022, and they were led by talented tall forward Georgia Clark in their win against the Knights.

In one of her best games to date in her two years with the Tasmanian side, she was a constant threat in the Devils attack. By full time not only did she have 21 disposals, but also kicked four goals and finished with eight marks, six tackles, six inside 50s, and four hit outs.

It was an imposing performance from Clark, and she will be a key figure as Tasmania chasea yet another finals appearance in 2022.

Zarlie Goldsworthy (Murray Bushrangers) vs Calder Cannons

She’s been a surprise packet and a star this season with the Bushrangers, and it was another superb performance from the talented Goldsworthy against the Cannons.

Despite going down to Calder in Corowa, she still worked hard from start to finish. In the end, Goldsworthy had 23 disposals (21 kicks), eight inside 50s, plus a season and career high 13 tackles.

Goldsworthy has imposed herself with the Bushrangers this year, and it was yet another dynamic performance from the ever growing midfielder.

Lila Keck (Bendigo Pioneers) vs Gippsland Power

It’s been a solid season so far for Keck, but she put up some of her best figures in the Pioneers’ dominant victory on the weekend.

Against a struggling Gippsland Power side, she made light work of the contest up forward and through the middle, finishing with 22 disposals, 16 kicks, eight tackles and three goals.

Whilst the Pioneers had plenty of star performers up in Churchill, Keck was by far the best of them and will look to continue it in the second half of 2022.

Bridget Deed (Eastern Ranges) vs Oakleigh Chargers

She has been in remarkable form this year for the Ranges, and under the Friday night lights in Kilsyth, Deed did it again.

The Ranges’ captain put up strong figures, not for the first time this season, finishing with game highs in disposals (28), inside 50s (six) and kicks (19), plus seven tackles.

Her week was capped off with the announcement that she would be the first player signed by the Hawks for their inaugural AFLW team. Spurred on by it no doubt, she’ll be sure to continue that form as her team continues their rise to the top.

Keeley Skepper (Murray Bushrangers) vs Calder Cannons

Skeeper has been slowly building into her 2022 season, but up in Corowa she played one of her best games against the Cannons.

After a decent outing against the top of the table Stingrays the previous week, she took it up a notch this week. The Vic Country representative finished with game highs in disposals (32), and marks (six), to go with 18 kicks, four tackles and five inside 50s.

It’s been a great two week period for the inside midfielder, and Skepper will look to continue that form in the second half of 2022.

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