One to watch: Jemmika

KGI youngsters on show in the Coates Talent League

The Girls Division of the Coates Talent League (previously known as the NAB League) began three weeks ago with some familiar names to the Korin Gamadji Institute (KGI) among the stand-out performers.

Most notably, seventeen-year-old Jemmika Douglas (pictured) from Bendigo Pioneers has averaged 19.3 disposals, two goals, and eight tackles across the first three games. 

Douglas participates in Richmond Football Club’s Korin Gamadji Institute (KGI) alongside teammate Kelsey Laubsch and opponents Ellie Armstrong and Atong Dang from Murray Bushrangers. 

KGI is a centre of cultural strength and learning for Indigenous youth within the Richmond Football Club, providing leadership and mentoring to the next generation. 

Douglas is joined on the field by fellow KGI participant Laubsch, who has also had a strong start to the season with an average of 8.3 disposals. 

Youngster Ellie Armstrong from the Murray Bushrangers had 14 disposals in round 1 and has averaged five tackles per game, despite being a bottom-age player in the under-19 girls’ squad. Dang, an eighteen-year-old, is averaging 14 hit-outs also playing for the Bushies. 

Michelle Vanzuyden has been playing in the U/16 competition with the Pioneers and will be one to watch in the upcoming years.

To keep an eye on the talented young Indigenous woman’s progress throughout the season visit here.