Published on February 9, 2018 2:08 pm

Eleanor Brown (by Kadek Thatcher)

Sandringham Dragons season preview

We talk to Sandringham Dragons Female Talent Coordinator Jess Lewis about the team’s upcoming TAC Cup Girls season.

 

2017 FINISH: 8th (2-3)

2017 BEST AND FAIREST: Olivia Vesely

2017 TEAM OF THE YEAR SELECTIONS: Georgia Ricardo

2017 AFL WOMEN’S DRAFTEES: Isabel Huntington (Western Bulldogs)

2018 COACH: Tamara Hyett (first season)

2018 SEASON START: vs Geelong Falcons (Saturday March 3) / vs Oakleigh Chargers (Saturday March 17) / vs Northern Knights (Sunday March 25)

 

* CLICK HERE to see the full 2018 TAC Cup Girls fixture.

 

TOP PROSPECTS

Eleanor Brown (top-age, four games in 2017): “Eleanor is a really strong runner and has a lot of height. I believe she won a state championship in athletics, so she’s obviously a very competent athlete.”

Sophia Rothfield (17yo player, five games in 2017): “Sophia is a really good size and she’s quite confident in taking on her opponents.”

Eliza McNamara (16yo player): “Eliza is really explosive and quite tough. She’s a particularly strong runner who picks up the ball and takes off.”

Sarah Hartwig (16yo player): “Sarah has a good build and a bit of height. She’s tough as well.”

 

PRE-SEASON PERFORMER

Alanna Dalley (19yo player, five games in 2017): “Alanna’s probably going to be our no.1 ruck. I think her improvement has been the most outstanding over the pre-season. She’s put in a lot of work and her fitness has improved out of sight. She’s going to be really exciting to watch.”

 

LEADERSHIP MATERIAL

Jemma Owen (top-age, five games in 2017) is in the running to be chosen as captain. She’s quite vocal at training sessions and helps get everyone involved. Maddy Wilson (top-age) is also very vocal and inclusive of others, while Nicole Amiet (19yo player, two games in 2017) has that bit of maturity and she’s been very dedicated through pre-season.”

 

POTENTIAL SURPRISE PACKET

Lucy Deller (top-age): “Lucy plays in the Australian ultimate frisbee team. She’s juggling footy and frisbee, but her frisbee commitments will loosen up a little bit once the season arrives. She’s very fit so we’ve put her on a wing in intra-club matches to utilise her fitness and speed.”

 

FAMOUS FOOTBALL RELATIONS

Molly Burke (top-age) and Alice Burke (16yo player): “Their dad is Nathan Burke (323 AFL games for St Kilda from 1987-2003). They were state-level soccer players, so they have really good awareness on the field and they’re used to performing in an elite environment. They’re really strong and will most likely play in the midfield or defence.”

Abbie McKay (top-age, five games in 2017): “Abbie’s dad is Andrew McKay (244 AFL games for Carlton from 1993-2003).”

Daisy Walker (17yo player): “Daisy is a top basketball player and this is her first year in footy. Her brother is Will Walker, who was drafted to North Melbourne from the Dragons last year.”

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

“I believe they’re a fit group; we have a lot of strong runners in the team so we’re going to try to utilise that strength. They’re going to be quite competitive in one-on-one contests too, as we had a session called ‘tackles and takedowns’ and a lot of them just had no fear.”

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