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VFLW season review: Forwards

VFLW R16: Paddy on the season ender Senior coach Paddy Hill spoke about the loss that saw the 2019 season end for the girls over the weekend.

As Hawthorn's VFLW season has now come to a close, head coach Paddy Hill reflects on each player's performance across 2019 starting with the team's forwards.

Nicole Cormack
Games: 11
Average disposals: 6.5
Best game: R3 v Darebin, 12 disposals, three marks and a goal.

“Nicki had an outstanding year for a first-year player out of the NAB league playing 11 games. Very clean with excellent skills.” – Paddy Hill

Alison Dowler
Games: 5
Average disposals: 8.6
Average marks: 2.8
Best game: R1 v Northern Territory: 16 disposals and seven marks.

“Ali was developed in a number of roles this year before settling forward. Her improvement on last season was noticed by all.” – Paddy Hill

Read: VFLW match report: R16

Claire Dyett:
Games: 11
Average disposals: 9.7
Average tackles: 5
Best game: R10 v Carlton, 16 disposals, six tackles.

“Claire was one of the real improvers of 2019. Playing mainly as a high half forward Claire’s running and ability to get from contest to contest was eye catching.” – Paddy Hill

Serena Gibbs
Games: 6
Goals: 2.3
Best game: R13 v Melbourne University: Seven disposals, four marks, two goals.

“Recruited from our partners the Eastern Ranges, Serena showed her potential with a powerful performance against Melbourne Uni.” – Paddy Hill

Emily Gilder
Games: 8
Goals: 5.4
Average disposals: 5.4
Best game: R2 v Collingwood: Six disposals, three tackles and three goals.

“Emily is another player who worked hard on developing other areas of her game, including a stint in defence. Her best game came in round two kicking three goals in the second half.” – Paddy Hill

Lilly Kelly
Games: 1

“As a young key position player, Lilly’s development this year has been excellent. She has good hands, a strong lead and hits the packs hard.” – Paddy Hill

Tamara Luke
Games: 12
Goals: 6
Average disposals: 9.4
Best game: R13 v Melbourne University: Eight disposals, four marks, three goals.

“Tam took her contested marking to a new level this year and provided a strong target up forward.” – Paddy Hill

Phoebe McWilliams
Games: 10
Goals: 12
Average disposals: 12.3
Best game: R11 v Richmond: 17 disposals, five marks, four goals.

“Our leading goal scorer, Phoebe’s repeat leads and strong marking was pivotal to the team’s scoring potential.” – Paddy Hill

Jordan Membrey
Games: 7
Average disposals: 7.4
Average tackles: 4.6
Best game: R14 v Casey: 12 disposals, four marks and nine tackles.

“Jordan joined our program late and had an immediate impact. Strong, tough and loves the contest.” – Paddy Hill

Clare O’Donnell
Games: 13
Average disposals: 5.8
Average tackles: 2.5
Best game: R13 v Melbourne University: 13 disposals, four marks.

“A tackling machine, Clare’s defensive work inside 50 is unmatched in our squad.” – Paddy Hill

Sarah Perkins
Games: 10
Goals: 10
Average disposals: 10.3
Best game: R13 v Melbourne University: 16 disposals, five marks, three goals.

“Sarah finished year very strongly splitting her time between key forward and ruck.” – Paddy Hill

Tara Reiter

“Recruited from local club Whitehorse and yet to debut, Tara worked hard on her craft this year and improved substantially.” – Paddy Hill

Brooke Struylaart
Games: 2

“Brooke is a beautiful kick of the footy with great decision-making ability. 2019 was about development and learning the Hawthorn way.” – Paddy Hill

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs