Queen of the North: 17-year-old helps conquer Team South in Tasmanian battle


THREE goals from Burnie's Amy Bissett was enough to get Team North bragging rights in its 10-point win over Team South in Tasmania's NAB AFLW All-Stars match.

The 17-year-old Bissett, who also plays state league soccer, had a starring role either side of the half-time break in the 6.7 (43) to 5.4 (34) victory at UTAS Stadium in Launceston.

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But it was the hard running and pace of teammate Meghan Gaffney on the wing that caught the eye, the slightly built Ulverstone product seemingly bringing her own ball to the match.

Inside midfielder Ruby Mitchell worked tirelessly all match, while Ashanti Jackson provided a safe pair of hands and a classy set-shot up forward.

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Of the quartet, only Jackson is eligible for this year's NAB AFLW Draft, with the other three needing to wait another year.

Perri King (left) in action for Team South. Picture: AFL Photos

While other states had taken the option of opening up the match to overage talent, allowing one last chance to demonstrate their skill before October 6's Draft, Tasmania stuck to young talent, with just a handful of 19-year-olds taking to the field.

Play was intense and messy for the opening 10 minutes, before both sides settled into what eventuated into a tough affair.

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North's ability to string together clean disposal chains proved to be the difference in the end.

For Team South, Perri King's tenacity, pressure and clean skills stood out in a four-quarter performance playing on the ball. 

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Over-ager Priscilla Odwogo continued to try and take the game on from defence, while key forward Amy Prokopiec had a classy first half, booting two goals, but struggled with limited supply.

Hailee Baldwin played at both ends of the ground, reading the play well.

TEAM NORTH    1.2    4.3    5.4    6.7    (43)
TEAM SOUTH    1.0    3.0    4.0    5.5    (34)

Team North: Bissett 3, Jackson 2, Farrell
Team South: Prokopiec 2, Griffiths, Smith, Ransom

Team North: Bissett, Gaffney, Vandenberg, Jackson, Smith, Maurer
Team South: King, Odwogo, Baldwin, Ransom, Smith Prokopiec

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