Eyecatchers: Who was your club's unheralded star in R4?

Chloe Scheer

A highly talented forward, Scheer has fought back from two ruptured ACLs to regain her spot in the team. After eight games in 2019, including the Crows' Grand Final triumph over Carlton, Scheer missed all of last season with her second knee injury. Against the Lions, she contributed strongly in a role that saw her roam between half-forward and the midfield. The 21-year-old finished with 14 disposals, including six contested, and took three marks. Playing just her second game of the year, Scheer should only improve from here. - Michael Whiting

Adelaide's Chloe Scheer in action against Fremantle in round three, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

Indy Tahau

The 18-year-old can be proud of her debut. Thrown in as a replacement for the red-hot Nat Grider, Tahau was resolute in a defensive unit that was often under pressure. Born and raised in western Queensland, Tahau made her name in South Australia, where she was best afield in South Adelaide's 2019 SANFLW Grand Final win. In her first game at the top level against the Crows, the tall, athletic key position prospect finished with eight disposals, including five intercepts. - Michael Whiting

Indy Tahau at the NAB AFLW Draft Combine in Adelaide. Picture: AFL Photos

Grace Egan

The tough inside midfielder is quickly becoming one of the most important cogs in Carlton's talented young midfield group. Egan was a constant force in a bruising encounter, consistently winning first use at stoppages and enabling the Blues to find outside run with her ability to feed teammates from the contest. Egan finished with 21 disposals, three marks, three tackles and was generally clean and composed in possession to help inspire her side's comeback win. - Riley Beveridge

Jordan Membrey

In for her second game of the season after an ankle injury, Membrey added another threat up forward for Collingwood against North Melbourne. One of the most accurate set shots in the competition – she has kicked 11 straight goals – Membrey proved to be a valuable foil to Chloe Molloy and Sophie Alexander. Running hard both ways, she finished with one goal from her eight disposals and took four marks, including a brave effort going back with the flight - Sarah Black

Collingwood's Jordan Membrey celebrates a goal against North Melbourne. Picture: AFL Photos

Emma O'Driscoll

A relative newcomer to Australian Football, O'Driscoll is proving a steady hand in defence for the Dockers. The former state netballer is developing rapidly and showing an ability to keep her feet, stay composed and use her speed and athleticism. She added some physicality to the mix against Gold Coast on Saturday, laying a career-high four tackles, including one that stopped a surge forward for the Suns. Now an important member of a settled backline. - Nathan Schmook

Dockers defender Emma O'Driscoll spoils Gold Coast's Leah Kaslar during the round four clash in 2021. Picture: Will Russell, AFL Photos

Rebecca Webster

Described by coach Paul Hood as one of few shining lights for the Cats, Webster finished with a game-high 24 disposals against St Kilda on Friday night. Originally starting her career as a half-back, Webster is looking to increase her midfield time as she develops in her third NAB AFL Women's campaign. Hood also praised the 20-year-old's courage and "lion-hearted" effort after bouncing back from a heavy knock to the ribs she suffered in round three going back with the flight into a contest. - Mitch Cleary

Geelong's Rebecca Webster in action against St Kilda at RSEA Park in round four, 2021. Picture: Dylan Burns, AFL Photos

Lucy Single 

There is no tougher job in the AFLW right now than running with Fremantle gun Kiara Bowers. Single was given the job on Saturday and, although Bowers was a star, the teenager acquitted herself well and would have taken plenty of lessons out of the match-up. She laid a team-high seven tackles in her fourth game and worked hard against the tide for her eight disposals. There were few winners for the Suns, but the Gold Coast local showed application and should only get better with more opportunities in 2021. - Nathan Schmook

Gold Coast's Lucy Single lays a tackle on Fremantle's Ebony Antonio during the round four clash on February 20, 2021. Picture: Getty Images

Tait Mackrill

Any player that can give their side a real point of difference is valuable, and Mackrill does just that for the Giants. Her second-quarter goal against the Eagles, when she took possession right on the 50m arc and launched a long, accurate bomb, was a piece of skill that few players in the competition can reproduce. The 21-year-old is yet to play more than three games in an AFLW season but more displays like Sunday's effort will make her a fixture in the Giants' forward line. - Michael Rogers

Mighty Mackrill drills a long-distance pearler

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Tait Mackrill sends a powerful effort towards goal and gets full reward

Shelley Heath

It was a new role for Heath on Sunday, with the 20-year-old deployed to shut down Bulldogs superstar Ellie Blackburn. For the most part Heath did the job well, with coach Mick Stinear praising her efforts post-game. Heath has previously been spending her time either across half-back or on the wing but was thrown into the midfield against the Dogs and gave the Demons coaches another option in there as she looks to further develop at AFLW level. - Callum Twomey

Melbourne's Shelley Heath fends off a tackle against the Western Bulldogs. Picture: AFL Photos

Mia King

The tough King often slips under the radar compared to her high-profile fellow midfielders. In a difficult game for the Roos, it was King's courage which led to this nomination. She needed medical attention after successfully smothering a Collingwood kick, but returned to the ground later in the match and smothered another disposal, showing no apprehension. In a hard-working effort, King recorded eight touches, four tackles and three marks - Sarah Black

North Melbourne's Mia King in action against Collingwood in round four, 2020. Picture: AFL Photos

Maddy Brancatisano

The lively small forward was a menace in attack throughout the contest, with her pressure on ground level and ball-winning abilities when she pushed through the midfield crucial in helping Richmond gain an early advantage. Brancatisano's impact didn't fade as the match wore on and as Carlton gained the momentum, with the youngster finishing with 17 disposals and four marks for the afternoon. She is certainly one to watch for the Tigers. - Riley Beveridge

Richmond forward Maddy Brancatisano in action against Carlton in round four, 2021. Picture: Dylan Burns, AFL Photos

Rosie Dillon

The nuggety inside midfielder continues to go from strength to strength after a slow start to the campaign due to an ankle injury. The 2020 joint Saints best and fairest was playing catch-up in the opening rounds after a limited preparation but was one of her side's best with 17 disposals (eight contested) on Friday night against Geelong. In just her 10th NAB AFL Women's game, the 24-year-old combined strongly with young guns Tyanna Smith and Georgia Patrikios, who again took strides forward in their development. - Mitch Cleary

St Kilda's Rosie Dillon fires off a handball under pressure from Geelong's Olivia Purcell in the round four clash. Picture: Getty Images


Tayla Bresland

The Eagles went looking for some more experience to complement their top-line stars after struggling in their debut season in 2020, and former Docker Bresland fit the bill perfectly. The defender has added some steel to her new side's backline, and her aerial prowess and reading of the play was on show against the Giants. Strong marking was a feature of the 25-year-old's display on Sunday, as she finished with four grabs to go with 13 disposals and seven tackles. - Michael Rogers

West Coast's Tayla Bresland launches a kick against GWS in round four, 2020.

Sarah Hartwig

The Bulldogs half-back once again showed her dash against the Demons with 13 disposals in a calm and collected display. Hartwig made her debut in round one this season and has quickly established herself as a likely type in the Dogs’ line-up under coach Nathan Burke. Hartwig came into the club with big wraps as the No.11 pick at last year’s NAB AFLW Draft and has let nobody down thus far.

Bulldog Shelley Hartwig in action against the Demons. Picture: AFL Photos

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