Dandenong Stingrays Girls Season Preview

on 14 February 2018
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We talk to Dandenong Stingrays Female Talent Coordinator Matthew Crozier about the team’s upcoming TAC Cup Girls season.

2017 FINISH: 6th (3-2)

2017 BEST AND FAIREST: Bridie Kennedy (also joint-TAC Cup Girls Best and Fairest)

2017 TEAM OF THE YEAR SELECTIONS: Jordyn Allen, Georgia Gee, Bridie Kennedy

2017 AFL WOMEN’S DRAFTEES: Georgia Gee (Carlton), Bridie Kennedy (Carlton)

2018 AFL W ACADEMY: Jordyn Allen, Courtney Jones, Brooke Struylaart (Level 2)

2018 COACH: Dee Longwill (second season)

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

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

TOP PROSPECTS

Jordyn Allen (top-age, four games in 2017): “Jordyn’s leadership on and off the field sets a great example for the younger girls. She’s a larger-than-life character with really good skills and I think she’s the ultimate all-round player. She’s very versatile and can play in several positions.”

Courtney Jones (top-age, four games in 2017): “Courtney is a very hard worker. She had a couple of injuries over the Christmas period, so she’s been resilient in trying to get back into the training group. She knows how to play the game and has good skills through the midfield.”

Brooke Struylaart (top-age, four games in 2017): “Brooke had an AC joint injury recently and she’s been working really hard in the rehab group to come back. She’s a very strong-bodied midfielder.”

PRE-SEASON PERFORMER

Molly McDonald (17yo player, three games in 2017): “Molly really works hard on her craft and she’s always the vocal one at training. She’s a winger/half forward flanker who can tear a game apart from what I’ve seen.”

LEADERSHIP MATERIAL

“Jordyn Allen (captain in 2017) has real leadership qualities and a really mature head on her shoulders. She gets a lot out of the playing group just by how she trains.”

POTENTIAL SURPRISE PACKETS

Lucinda Cripps (17yo player, two games in 2017): “Lucinda is a tall girl who plays both football and state cricket. She does well at training and manages herself really well. When she has the decision to make between footy and cricket, I imagine she’ll be able to excel in either sport.”

Harmony Thomas: “We’ve just recently brought Harmony in to the program. She’s an indigenous girl in Melbourne’s Next Generation Academy.”

WHAT TO EXPECT

“We’re a small-bodied group, so I imagine running hard and moving the footy quickly will be our style. That’s what we’ve been training the girls to do because we don’t have a lot of height, so it’ll be about using our leg speed and our skills.”