GameDay Squad is excited to be launching our very own Women's Fantasy Footy game on to the platform! To compliment the launch, we will be releasing team reviews for each of the 18 teams and highlighting some key players that you need to keep an eye on over the course of the 2023 pre-season! Next up we have the Port Adelaide Power, Richmond Tigers and the St Kilda Saints! Let us know your thoughts on who we have down below on all of our social channels: twitter, facebook, instagram, discord.
Port Adelaide Power
Port Adelaide joined the competition in season 7 and expectedly struggled. They finished with just 1 win and a draw for the season, but they will be hopeful to push further this year. They have a lot of young talent who, if they can hang on to, will make them a force to be reckoned with in years to come.
Name: Abbey Dowrick
Season 7 average: 79.9
Review: Given Port Adelaide’s struggles last season, its not surprising that their best fantasy player averaged under 80 points. Dowrick is definitely one for the future though, showing promise in a lot of key fantasy areas. She kicks way more than she handballs and she loves to tackle. I wont be seeking her on the transfer market but I’d be more than happy to see one show up in a pack.
Name: Indy Tahau
Season 7 average: 57.4
Review: Tahau lead the competition last season for one percenters, which, although may be irrelevant to fantasy, it’s an indicator of her footy brain. I wouldn’t recommend starting her this season but Indy fits nicely into the legacy category. At just 20 years of age and still developing, I can see those one percenters converting in to point scoring stats down the track.
Name: Hannah Ewings
Season 7 average: 75.7
Review: The trend with Port Adelaide players is they are all so young and talented. Although her averaging is nothing exciting for a midfield, Ewings is only 19 and has been playing in a very inexperienced side. She’s a strong contested ball winner and the type of player you want to build a midfield around. Remember the name because you’ll be wanting her in a few years.
Unsurprisingly, due to Port Adelaide’s form, opposition forwards tended to score well against them. Opposition defenders didn’t really see much opportunity against them so you may want to skip that matchup.
Richmond joined the competition in Season 4 and have progressively been improving every year. They finished 4th on the ladder last season but unfortunately bowed out of the finals in straight sets. Richmond are definitely a contender for season 8.
Name: Gabrielle Seymour
Season 7 average: 81.1
Review: Behind Moody, Seymour is the second-best fantasy ruck in the competition. She also has the ability to switch up and play as a key forward of defender if needed which has helped her scoring in the past. If you can I would be switching between Seymour and Moody to catch the favourable match ups.
Name: Monique Conti
Season 7 average: 102.6
Review: 2022 was the best fantasy year for this 3 time All Australian. Monique Conti is one of the more experienced midfielders in the competition and is in her prime. Unfortunately, she tends to handball rather than kick but she makes up for that with her tackling ability. Definitely start-able.
Name: Eilish Sheerin
Season 7 average: 68.6
Review: Season 7 was the debut season for this mature age rookie and what a season it was! Sheerin is a rebound defender who finished the season clear ahead in interceptions, averaging 9.1 per game. She also finished fourth for meters gained. With another season at the highest level under her belt I can see her becoming one of the top fantasy defenders in the competition.
Even with one of the best fantasy rucks in the competition, Richmond somehow conceded a lot of points to opposition rucks. Opposition midfielders were also able to take advantage of the matchup but forwards tend to struggle against them.
St Kilda Saints
St Kilda joined the competition in season 4 but have struggled to make any kind of impact in that time. They’ve recruited well this season but they still lack that x factor player. They will be hoping for some of their experienced players to take the next step and hopefully make finals for the first time.
Name: Jesse Wardlaw
Season 7 average: 60.33
Review: Last years leading goal scorer will be starting fresh at St Kilda this year. With the departure of 2 key forwards from St Kilda in the same trade period, she’ll be free of competition, but will also be getting a lot of attention. Great player but I’m not sure she’ll be able to continue her form at the new club. Watch and wait.
Name: Georgia Patrikios
Season 7 average: 81
Review: I consider Patrikios an elite midfielder who had an underwhelming season last year. In season 5 she averaged 107 GameDay Squad points and made the All Australian side before stepping away from the game for season 6 for personal reasons. I expect Patrikios to return to that All Australian form in season 8, with a return to consistent football. She’ll miss the pre season game with a knee injury so make sure she’s playing round 1 before you start her.
Name: Bianca Jakobsson
Season 7 average: 67.1
Review: Jakobsson is a ball playing defender who sat 3rd in the competition last season for rebound 50’s. She’s a past best and fairest for the club and has a wealth of experience at the top level. One bad game last season has affected her season average so she might sneak through a few coaches’ radars. Look for her to be a potential unique option.
St Kilda are another one of those tasty ruck match ups as they tend to leak a lot of points on that area. That’s the only significant match up though because St Kilda are in the middle of the pack for all other positions.