AFLW senior coach Michael Prior and list manager Jordan Loxley were impressed with the weekend’s All Stars v Western Australia clash, and have potentially sighted the next generation of Eagles players.
From a raft of elite young talent to mature-aged prospects, several notable players caught the eye of the duo, including the league’s current Most Valuable Player Ella Roberts (30 disposals, seven marks), reigning Dhara Kerr Medallist Ella Smith (22 disposals), Chloe Wrigley (24) and Jamie Henry (16).
West Coast train-on Kate Bartlett was also strong in the forward line, booting four goals to snatch the game from Western Australia, while Subiaco’s Hayley Corlett kicked truly to snare the first major of the match.
“The girls performed really well on the day, Kate Bartlett got a lot of the ball and Roberts was outstanding in the forward line,” Prior said.
“It was good to see the West Australian girls get a hitout, even though the All Stars ran away with it in the end.
“There was definitely a couple of girls that showed promise, as well as getting some good match fitness ahead of a hitout with Vic Metro next weekend.
“The under 18s and more mature-age players were the best the state has to offer and it was an exciting opportunity to consider some of the draft spots we have available.
“There were players there I could see slotting into our side.”
Head of Female Football Michelle Cowan also recognises the potential draft selections after the weekend’s match.
“It was really good to have our list manager and recruiters out watching the crop of local talent on the weekend,” she said.
“It’s terrific to have them at these games, and we’ll continue to watch the players develop across the season.
“We’re looking forward to seeing what talent is developing locally and interstate, and will continue to review footage and games coming into the 2022 draft period.”