At a glance:
- Caitlin Greiser is a frontrunner for St Kilda's inaugural best-and-fairest.
- The 21-year-old topped the AFLW goalkicking for the year.
- 'G-Train' also secured a Rising Star nomination and two Goal of the Year nominations.
When Brett Ratten gave Caitlin Greisier the news that she’d be part of St Kilda’s inaugural AFLW side, no one could have predicted the impact the power forward would have.
In the space of six games, the prospective soccer star secured league goalkicking honours, a NAB Rising Star nomination, two Goal of the Year nominations and status as St Kilda’s newest cult hero, G-Train.
Now off the back of her chart-topping season, the 21-year-old is a frontrunner for St Kilda’s inaugural best-and-fairest.
"They call me G-Train, and I play for the next generation of footy loving dancers."— St Kilda FCW (@stkildafcw) February 27, 2020
This is Caitlin Greiser. pic.twitter.com/eooJMfTATx
The former soccer star was a constant presence as the focal point of the Saints’ attack, showing time and time again how dangerous she was in the air and at ground level.
Whether it be a hurried snap from the pocket or a long roost from outside the arc, Greiser proved that opposition defenders couldn’t let her get loose for a second.
Her power around goal saw her finish as a multiple goalkicker on four occasions – a three-goal bag against Richmond the best of the bunch – while her ability to bring the ball to ground paved the way for the Saints’ small forwards to pounce.
Incredibly powerful in the air and armed with a lethal kick that could turn defences on their head, Greiser became the red, white and black’s most potent weapon going forward.
Her shows of strength and class were put into effect several times throughout the season, with her starring efforts confirming her as the fan-favourite ‘G-Train’.
But it was Round 3 against Melbourne that was truly her crowning moment.
Down by a point with five minutes left on the clock, some brilliance along the wing from Kate McCarthy saw the Sherrin land with the G-Train 55m out.
As her teammates scrambled to present a shorter option, the key forward – tucked tight along the boundary – eyed up the goals, took a deep breath and backed herself in to make the shot.
What followed next has gone down as an immortal moment in St Kilda Women’s first chapter, with the siren sounding minutes later to mark the Saints’ maiden triumph.
G-Train’s incredible long-bomb was nominated for Goal of the Year, while her two-goal performance earned her a nomination of the NAB Rising Star.
If her match-winning efforts against Melbourne are anything to go by, Greiser is set to be a hero of Moorabbin for a long time to come.
She was there for her side’s biggest moment.
And she’ll be there for many more.
Season averages: 10 disposals, three marks, three inside-50s
Best game: Round 3 v Melbourne, two goals, 11 disposals, four marks
Key stat: First in the AFLW for total goals, first for St Kilda’s score involvements, inside-50s