Women's Footy AFLW 2020 - GWS Women's Thread

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From the previous article ...

NSW gun blitzes Combine testing to sit among four all-time records


SOUTHERN Power's Kiara Beesley has starred in the New South Wales edition of the NAB AFLW Draft Combine, recording four top-10 all-time finishes in her testing. Beesley, who plays in the AFL Sydney competition and has a gymnastics background, had a strong all-round performance across various athletic attributes. The strong and clean midfielder has played 11 games for the Power so far this year and been named in the best on seven occasions.

BEESLEY'S IMPRESSIVE COMBINE

Vertical jump:
57cm (top three of all time)

Running vertical jump: 65cm (top five of all time)

2km time trial: 7:45 (eighth of all time)

20m sprint: 3.29 seconds (top four of all time)

She wasn't the only one to shine, with 180cm winger Tarni Evans tearing up the track to record the second fastest Combine 2km time trial of all time, 7:14.
 

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The GIANTS have welcomed three fresh faces to the club following the 2020 NAB AFLW draft on Tuesday evening. After finishing second in their conference and appearing in their first AFLW finals campaign last season, the GIANTS secured picks 9, 29 and 42 in this year’s draft.

The GIANTS had no hesistation on using their first round pick on athletic utility Tarni Evans. The 18-year old was listed in the womens.afl top draft prospects and is no stranger to making sacrifices to pursue her dreams. Evans made the move from her hometown of Tathra on the NSW South Coast to Canberra when she was 17 for her school and football commitments. She has since taken her game to the next level playing for the Queanbeyan Tigers.

Joining the club, also from Canberra, is defensive midfielder Emily Pease from the Belconnen Magpies. Pease, who was taken at pick 29, comes from an athletics background and fell in love with Aussie Rules six years ago when introduced to the game by school friends. Evans and Pease have not only crossed paths on the footy field in recent years, but were familiar faces to one another previously on the track during Little Athletics. The duo were both part of the NAB AFLW academy and spent a week in January with the GIANTS learning and training alongside some of the competition’s best.

The third signing for the GIANTS heading into season 2021 is Libby Graham from the Manly Warringah Wolves. Graham will step up her commitments with the club next season having been a train-on partner with the club during the 2020 season. The 23-year old changed AFL Sydney Women’s Club this year to give herself the best chance of being drafted and has relished the role of a rebounding defender for the Wolves.

AFLW Head Coach Alan McConnell is excited with the talent the club has picked up. “We’re delighted to add another three players from our region to our list ahead of the 2021 season. “All three players will bring something different to our squad and illustrate the pathways that are being provided across New South Wales and the ACT from community football to the elite level. We’re pretty close to having our squad for 2021 locked away now and I know all our players are looking forward to training hard across the summer and fighting for another finals berth.”

Tarni Evans

Pick: 9

Position: Wing

Club: Queanbeyan Tigers

Evans is an impressive endurance athlete and last week recorded the second fastest Combine 2km time trial of all time, 7m14s. Standing at 180cm, Evans is quite tall for the wing position she has predominantly played in 2020 and has become known for her raking left foot.

Emily Pease

Pick: 29

Position: Defender / Midfielder

Club: Belconnen Magpies

Pease took up Aussie Rules at the suggestion of school friends in Canberra and has never looked back. The 18-year old comes from an athletics background and her running ability coupled with her tackling has seen her develop into a defensive midfielder and a handy pick up for the GIANTS.

Libby Graham

Pick: 42

Position: Defender

Club: Manly Warringah Football Club

Inspired by the surge of interest around the first season of AFLW, Graham took up Aussie Rules in 2017 and has quickly become one of the standout players in the AFL Sydney Women’s competition. The 23-year old played as a rebounding defender this season and will have the opportunity to represent the GIANTS in 2021.
 

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Some sad news, that I believe the Giants will be reporting at some stage today.

Jacinda Barclay has passed away, aged 29.

Cause of death hasn't been officially reported, but on her Facebook, mental health is mentioned (for the record I've known Cinda since 2017 through the Aussie Sparks tour).


If you need someone to talk to about this news, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Mods - if you need to delete and re-post this news in a way you feel approriate, please do.
 

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