Oakleigh Chargers midfielder Sarah Poustie broke the Coates Talent League Girls record on the yo-yo test with a result of 18.3 at the 2024 Coates Talent League Girls Testing Day. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos

Victoria’s most talented young footballers put their athletic skills to the test at the 2024 Coates Talent League Girls Testing Day.

Held at Thornbury’s Narrandjeri Stadium, the day saw players compete in a range of physical tests in preparation for the upcoming Coates Talent League Girls season, including the standing vertical jump, running vertical jump, 20m sprint, agility test and yo-yo test.

Oakleigh Chargers midfielder Sarah Poustie broke the Coates Talent League Girls record on the yo-yo test with a result of 18.3. It was the second consecutive year Poustie produced the top effort in the endurance test after recording 17.8 at last year’s testing day.

AFL National Academy Girls representative Grace Baba and Maddison Albrecht from the Calder Cannons recorded this year’s highest standing vertical jump at 56cm. Baba’s Eastern Ranges teammate Asher Fearn-Wannan topped the running vertical jump with an effort of 68cm.

Northern Knights speedster Maddison Meaher recorded a blistering 3.16 seconds for the 20m sprint, while Lavinia Cox from the Bendigo Pioneers was quickest in the agility test in a time of 8.27 seconds.

The 2024 Coates Talent League Girls season will commence with an Easter Thursday match between Geelong Falcons and GWV Rebels at GMHBA Stadium on March 28, before a further three matches take place on the weekend of April 6-7 to complete Round 1.

The home-and-away season will be played across 17 rounds, ahead of a three-week finals series.

Below are the top 10 results recorded by players from Victorian-based clubs at the 2024 Coates Talent Girls Testing Day on Sunday, March 3.

20m Sprint

Maddison Meagher (Northern Knights/Diamond Creek Womens) 3.16 sec
Maddison Albrecht (Calder Cannons/Craigieburn) 3.20
Kiara Boyd (Western Jets/Aberfeldie) 3.24
Holly Cassidy (Gippsland Power/Bunyip) 3.24
Zali Gallagher (Gippsland Power/Sale City) 3.24
Payten Johnston (Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton United) 3.24
Sophie McKay (Sandringham Dragons/Prahran) 3.25
Charlotte Brewer (Oakleigh Chargers/Vermont) 3.26
Lucy Marescuk (Geelong Falcons/South Barwon) 3.26
Indi Stanley (Western Jets/Bacchus Marsh) 3.26

Standing Vertical Jump

Maddison Albrecht (Calder Cannons/Craigieburn) 56cm
Grace Baba (Eastern Ranges/Mooroolbark) 56
Marlo Cockerill (Oakleigh Chargers/Blackburn) 54
Emma Stark (Oakleigh Chargers/St Mary's NT) 54
Mathilde Wilkinson (Eastern Ranges/South Belgrave) 54
Lavinia Cox (Bendigo Pioneers/Eaglehawk) 53
Payten Johnston (Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton United) 53
Isabella Klein (Murray Bushrangers/Thurgoona Bulldogs) 53
Mary Robinson (Northern Knights/Montmorency) 53
Stasia Stevenson (Eastern Ranges/SBL Wolves) 53

Running Vertical Jump (Right)

Asher Fearn-Wannan (Eastern Ranges/Whitehorse Colts) 68cm
Evie Parker (Eastern Ranges/Vermont) 67
Mary Robinson (Northern Knights/Montmorency) 65
Payten Johnston (Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton United) 64
Stasia Stevenson (Eastern Ranges/SBL Wolves) 64
Zoe Vozzo (Eastern Ranges/Wantirna South) 63
Charlotte Brewer (Oakleigh Chargers/Vermont) 62
Tahlia Plunkett (Northern Knights/Montmorency) 62
Emma Stark (Oakleigh Chargers/St Mary's NT) 62
Lavinia Cox (Bendigo Pioneers/Eaglehawk) 61

Running Vertical Jump (Left)

Lavinia Cox (Bendigo Pioneers/Eaglehawk) 66cm
Kayla Dalgleish (Dandenong Stingrays/Officer) 65
Stasia Stevenson (Eastern Ranges/SBL Wolves) 64
Sierra Grieves (Western Jets/Yarraville Seddon Eagles) 63
Isabella Klein (Murray Bushrangers/Thurgoona Bulldogs) 63
Evie Parker (Eastern Ranges/Vermont) 63
Grace Baba (Eastern Ranges/Mooroolbark) 62
Charlotte Brewer (Oakleigh Chargers/Vermont) 62
Kate Terri (Dandenong Stingrays/Mount Martha) 62
Payten Johnston (Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton United) 61


Sarah Poustie (Oakleigh Chargers/Old Scotch) Level 18.3 (new record)
Mekah Morrissy (Geelong Falcons/Newtown & Chilwell) 17.6
Lola Stone (Northern Knights/Heidelberg) 17.4
Caitlin Charles (Geelong Falcons/Geelong West Giants) 17.2
Hannah Foran (Sandringham Dragons/Caulfield Bears) 17.2
Sophie McIntosh (Oakleigh Chargers/Hawthorn Citizens) 17.2
Tahlia Sanger (Dandenong Stingrays/Frankston Dolphins) 17.2
Gabrielle Trajer (Sandringham Dragons/Beaumaris) 17.2
Nikita Harris (Dandenong Stingrays/Karingal) 17.1
Lilly Leighton (Gippsland Power/Warragul Industrials) 17.1


Lavinia Cox (Bendigo Pioneers/Eaglehawk) 8.27 sec
Stasia Stevenson (Eastern Ranges/SBL Wolves) 8.31
Emily Rankin (Eastern Ranges/Park Orchards) 8.33
Seisia White (Geelong Falcons/St Mary’s) 8.34
Asher Fearn-Wannan (Eastern Ranges/Whitehorse Colts) 8.35
Nikita Harris (Dandenong Stingrays/Karingal) 8.35
Zali Gallagher (Gippsland Power/Sale City) 8.38
Payten Johnston (Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton United) 8.38
Rae-Marie Collins (Gippsland Power/Newborough) 8.47
Sophie McIntosh (Oakleigh Chargers/Hawthorn Citizens) 8.48

Official results from the 2024 Coates Talent League Boys Testing Day held at Narrandjeri Stadium on Saturday, March 9 will be announced later this week.


All testing at the Coates Talent League testing days is conducted by Rookie Me, the AFL’s official Coaching Technology Partner.

All Coates Talent League programs will have access to the Rookie Me Play app during the 2024 season, which facilitates the monitoring of playing time and management of player fatigue and load.

For more information on Rookie Me Play visit www.rookieme.com/play