The NAB AFL Women’s competition has been a massive success, four Tasmanians have participated and made their mark on the national stage.
Two Tasmanians in Britt Gibson and Jessica Wuetschner still have a big game to come with the undefeated Lions making the Grand Final, but on the eve of the Final, we run through the Tasmanian quartets 2017 AFL W journey so far.
Ellyse Gamble (Western Bulldogs)
19 year old key forward
Productive start to the AFL W season but seemed to struggle to capitalise on opportunities once marquee forward Katie Brennan was out injured. It meant that more attention was paid to Gamble and nullified her impact. Although at times she showed her potential to become an elite player.
After missing one match, she returned to her former role as a key defender, performing well in that role assisting to keep Taylor Harris and Sabrina Frederick-Traub goalless in their clash against the undefeated Lions.
Emma Humphries (Melbourne Demons)
Emma had a slow build at the Melbourne Demons, as her form improved so did the teams. Her season highlight was her final game in their club’s convincing win over Fremantle, where she won a lot of the ball and was silky by foot.
Throughout the season she showed her ball use was of the elite class, her inside game is developing to go with her outside class and showed every indication that she is going to be a star of the AFL W for years to come.
Jessica Wuetschner (Brisbane Lions)
Jessica has been an integral part of Brisbane’s meteoric rise to the top. A pivotal, mobile target in the forward line and her strong kicking skills ensuring she made good use of her opportunities.
Her marking was a particular highlight, with a strong contested marks ability as well as on the lead. With strong core strength she is also tough to move off the ball.
She showed versatility playing some defensive roles late in the season and she is truly one of the keys for Brisbane’s premiership chances. Her impact this season has been recognised with selection in the All Australian squad SEE SQUAD
Britt Gibson (Brisbane Lions)
Pick 141, what a steal.
No surprise that she has been nominate by the AFLPA as Brisbane’s most courageous player. Affectionately known as the Dozer, she puts herself in positions where angels fear to tread. Also in her armory is great foot skills, goal sense and terrific use of hands.
Rarely is it not in her team’s advantage when she has had a possession. Maybe under rated by some but within the Lions’ four walls one of the most important players in Brisbane’s premiership tilt. Her impact has contributed to Brisbane’s shock rise to an undefeated home and away season.