21/02/2024

Bridget Deed and Keeley Hardingham were two of the Round's best. (Photos: NAB League)

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 6 of the NAB League?

It was a round filled with plenty of drama and superstar performance in the NAB League Girls.

The Inner Sanctum looks at the top five performers from Round 6 of the NAB League Girls season.

Bridget Deed (Eastern Ranges) vs Dandenong Stingrays

Deed has had one of the greatest individual seasons in the short history of the NAB League Girls, and it continued down in Seaford.

Against fellow unbeaten side Dandenong she was best on ground yet again, acquiring 35 disposals, five marks, four tackles, three rebound 50s and five inside 50s.

The Ranges may have lost their first game of 2022, but Deed showed why the Hawks were so keen to sign her, and why she is so highly valued as a midfield talent..

Zarlie Goldsworthy (Murray Bushrangers) vs Northern Knights

Her draft value continues to grow every round, and it was yet another starring performance from Goldsworthy.

Consistently getting the ball inside 50 and often getting first use out of midfield, she finished with game-highs in disposals (26, equal game-high), marks (nine), kicks (21) and had six tackles, five inside 50s and a goal in the second half.

Despite the Bushrangers going down by one point to the previously winless Knights, Goldsworthy continued to surprise everyone with this performance in Yarrawonga.

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Jasmine Fleming (Oakleigh Chargers) vs GWV Rebels

She continues to consistently put up impressive numbers this year, but against the Rebels it was one of Fleming’s best performances in a Chargers guernsey.

Coming back after a three week layoff, the daughter of Australian Test legend Damian Fleming dominated from the word go. By full time in Ballarat she had 24 disposals, four inside 50s and three goals.

Fleming has already shown she is one of the best midfielders in the draft pool, but has now made her case as a weapon up forward.

Keeley Hardingham (Geelong Falcons) vs Western Jets

It’s been a terrific season for ruck Hardingham, and last Saturday she had one of her best games for the Falcons.

She was a force not just in the ball ups, but all over the ground. She acquired season highs in disposals (28), kicks (17), marks (six), inside 50s (five, equal season-high), to go with two rebound 50s, six tackles and 10 hit outs.

Whilst the Falcons went down for their second loss of 2022, Hardingham will hope to continue giving performances like these in the last four rounds of the home and away season.

Molly Walton (GWV Rebels) vs Oakleigh Chargers

It’s been a consistent 2022 for Walton, but against the Chargers she put up some of her best numbers this year and in her Rebels career.

Controlling the tempo and often getting the ball inside 50, she had 29 disposals (23 of those kicks), six marks, six inside 50s (all season-highs) plus four tackles and four rebound 50s.

GWV fought hard against the Chargers and nearly came home with the win, with Walton a major factor in their tight loss at home.

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