Seagulls sign NAB League trio
Williamstown is pleased to announce the new signings of NAB League trio Zoe Garth, Payton Ozols and Malaya Rodezno for the 2021 season.
Garth was a regular fixture for the Geelong Falcons throughout 2019-20 and showed plenty of promise as a young star who can play inside and out.
The 18-year-old averaged nearly six tackles per game over her two seasons in the NAB League.
Ozols is a Western Jets graduate from 2019 and spent two seasons with the club, making 15 appearances and was named in the best players on five occasions.
The Seagulls are also looking forward to adding developing young tall Rodezno to its diverse list.
The 20-year-old, who is also a talented basketballer, came through the Northern Knights system and will now look to make her mark at state league level.
VFLW coach Penny Cula-Reid said:
“This is a name to watch out for in the coming season - very draftable player coming through the system. This nimble outside runner will compliment our inside grunt. Zoe’s ability to closed down an opponent is what caught my eye in our intra-club match recently. Zoe is so passionate about her football, her willingness to learn and grow is a testament to her dedication and discipline to be the best she can. We are working hard behind the scenes to see this young footballer succeed.”
“From the moment Payton walked through those change rooms I knew we had another great character on our hands. Payton is one of those footballers that doesn’t need too much motivation, she always has a smile on her face and a bubbly personality that is infectious throughout the program. Payton is another youngster we have recognised through the pathway program at the Western Jets. She is a strong defender with silky movements across the ground. Building her understanding of the game and confidence to use her lethal left foot, I can only see Payton improving with every training session.”
“You can never have too many talls in your program. Malaya’s football career has only just started, and using her basketball background we have been able to see the potential for her at state level football. We believe with time, hard work and shaping this basketballer into a footballer we will see her become a real asset to the program in years to come. Learning from Club legend Kim Kershaw and building her understanding of the ruck position can only benefit Malaya not just in football but also her elite basketball career. This young star will have to learn how to balance life, basketball, football, school and work but that’s what life is all about. We look forward to what Malaya can produce for us.”
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