Players to watch: Women’s Summer Series final round
The inaugural Women’s Summer Series draws to a close at Manuka Oval on Sunday.
Round three was cancelled due to poor weather, but the below are players who have impressed across the first two rounds.
Gillian Behan is a natural leader and the captain at the Inner West Magpies.
She’s a quick, agile, and hardworking utility who is dangerous in front of goal.
Behan has a huge engine and can impact the contest or run and create.
Sarah Halvorsen impressed in Round 2 of the Series with two goals in Orange’s dominant display.
The Newcastle City Blues player is one of the more mature in the series and her height and speed is an asset against high-quality competition.
She is a multi-sport athlete who once scored a hattrick in a soccer grand final in the Northern NSW Premier League. She has also won a silver medal as member of the Australian Rugby 7s squad during the 2015 Pacific Games.
Halvorsen spent a couple of years on the GIANTS’ AFLW list and might be looking for a chance to add her experience to the fledgling Swans’ AFLW side.
Lilli Moody is the essence of “one to watch”. The 17-year-old has only recently started playing footy after reconsidering her sporting ambitions during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a formidable basketballer and was touted as a potential Opal.
After just two seasons playing with Sawtell-Toormina Saints she’s already caught the eye of Swans Academy coaches and during the Women’s Summer Series.
Moody has been playing half-forward for Swans Red, but is known on AFL North Coast for her raking left foot and class ball handling in the midfield.
Ella Morris has played juniors into seniors at Pennant Hills Demons and is looking the goods at the Summer Series.
She is a smart and skilled rover who reads the play well. Morris is an evasive player and can break lines and deliver neatly to her team mates.
When she’s playing well, Morris is a known game changer.