Small in stature, big of heart: Young forward stands tall for Blues

YOU CAN underestimate Georgia Gee at your own peril.

Standing at just 160cm, Gee is the smallest player on Carlton's list and one of the most diminutive in the AFLW. However, that belies her aggressive approach to the game.

She got her rewards on Saturday afternoon, capping a fine individual start to the season with three goals in her side's 21-point Pride Game victory over the Western Bulldogs.

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However, while the impressive nature of her performance was crowned with a direct hand in four of Carlton's eight majors, it complemented a display that also yielded six tackles.

That, according to her coaches, is just as important as the scoreboard impact.

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"I guess a lot of people think I'm a lot smaller than most of the girls out there, so they think I'm intimidated," Gee told womens.afl.

"But, really, I'm not. I pride myself on my tackling and that's a key focus for me.

"Even if I can't get my hands on the ball … if I can do the little things like increase my tackling pressure and being big on the mark, you can intimidate the opposition and become a more dangerous forward. That can really help the team."

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Gee's tackling is another component to her game that has troubled rival sides so far this season, coinciding with her focus on becoming a more damaging threat forward of centre.

Able to create scoring opportunities from very little, Gee also set up Nicola Stevens after bursting from a stoppage with speed, taking a bounce and delivering a precise pass.

"I don't want to be someone who is known just for kicking goals or known for having a nice kick or a nice handball," Gee said.

"I like to add a few different things to my game and I guess that helps in different aspects, because the game is always going to go in a different way each time."

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Gee had kicked just two goals from 16 AFLW games going into Saturday's encounter at the VU Whitten Oval, a byproduct of the 20-year-old starting her senior career on a wing.

However, having been moved into the forward line by Daniel Harford this season, Gee is flourishing at the feet of her key-position teammates like Tayla Harris and Darcy Vescio.

"It's pretty hard to get your name on the scoreboard in the AFLW and I found it a bit of a struggle, being a smaller player," Gee said.

"Even when you're crumbing, the pace of the game is so quick that you pick the ball up and someone is right on your tail.

"After kicking a few on the weekend, it has given me a lot of confidence to be a bit quicker and get in the right spots … then maybe I can kick a few more goals."

Blues players get around Georgia Gee after one of the small forward's goals. Picture: AFL Photos

Gee is a favourite among her teammates at Ikon Park – but perhaps more so her coaches – with defender Gab Pound nominating the forward as the 'coach's pet' in pre-season.

It's a claim the talented speedster has since taken exception to.

"I think that's an absolute crock," Gee laughed.

"I don't think that at all. Maybe it's because I'm the smallest and I'm nice and little, but I don't think I agree with that.

"Maddy Prespakis is for sure, who doesn't love Maddy?"