The Northern Knights won out in Saturday’s battle of the bottom sides, defeating Gippsland Power by nine points in Churchill. Made to earn just their second victory for the season, the Knights fought back from deficits at the first three breaks to double their goal tally in term four. In the end, an entertaining 8.3 (51) to 5.12 (42) result saw the hosts remain winless in 2022.

Result aside, much of the positive aspect out of the game for either side was the promise of their future prospects. 2006-born sensation Ash Centra booted 3.3 from as many touches – including the first two of the game, and one to put Gippsland back in front in the final term.

Alisha Molesworth lead all comers with 21 touches, with AFL Academy member Yasmin Duursma playing an important hand and bottom-age ruck Ahlee Penry getting her hands on the ball plenty.

Excerpt taken from article published by Rookie Me Central, which can be viewed in full here.

#5 Yasmin Duursma

Duursma is a prospect who has been trialled in a few different positions this year, but returned to a relatively familiar role on the wing in this outing. Enjoying expanses of the outside, Duursma pushed forward hard and got Gippsland going on the attack. She was classy moving away from traffic, showing a swift turn of speed and keeping her hands up to get a handball away when required. She rose to the occasion in the final term when Gippsland was pressuring for a goal, kicking one to give the Power a real chance at winning. That was not to be, but the top-ager got her game going in a solid performance.

#16 Ash Centra

There are some players who can win games off their own boot, and despite being a double under-ager, Centra very nearly did that for Gippsland. The mercurial forward started like a house on fire, booting the first two goals of the game with a set shot and classy finish on the run. Her dynamism and athleticism were on full show, as she dominated inside 50 with her clean hands and ability to duck out of traffic with serious power. With every disposal, Centra looked to make something happen and could easily have ended up with seven or eight goals. She kicked one more in the fourth term to put the Power in front despite looking sore, but saw several other shots fall short, spray across the face of goal, or narrowly miss. With more consistent finishing, she will be an absolute weapon for Gippsland in the next few years.

Excerpt taken from article published by Rookie Me Central, which can be viewed in full here.

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